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SmartLabs and Sprint Enable Energy Savings, Sustainability

Professional grade wireless energy management system for property owners

 

March 17, 2011

IRVINE, Calif. - SmartLabs, Inc. and Sprint today announced an agreement in which the companies will collaborate to provide wireless energy management solutions. With SmartLabs Insteon technology and Sprint's network infrastructure, business and home owners will be able to access and control energy consumption from a simple Web portal or a Sprint smartphone. Insteon-compatible products enable energy management, demand response and scheduled load-shedding with real-time reporting and alerts.


Property owners can schedule electrical devices to be turned on or off, plus they can also opt-in for the utility to turn devices off when the local demand for electricity exceeds the power supply. Insteon can be used to control:

  • Indoor and outdoor lighting
  • Security systems
  • Heating and cooling (HVAC)
  • Appliances
  • Door locks


SmartLabs and Sprint have dramatically simplified the concept of energy management and have placed the power of energy knowledge into the owner's hands. The solution can be quickly installed without expensive retrofitting, offering an immediate return on investment to property owners through a reduction in energy consumption.

"We are excited to be working with Sprint," said Robert Holz, managing director-Smart Grid and Vertical Markets, SmartLabs. "Our solutions allow utilities and electricity providers to enable more customers in their geographic foot print with affordable home and business energy management. In addition, residential, multi-family, small- and medium-sized business consumers will increasingly be able to remotely manage their properties' energy consumption, water usage, gas safety and security, with Sprint providing the backbone for the messaging."

"With more than 10 years of experience developing communications products in the machine-to-machine (M2M) market, Sprint is dedicated to cooperative efforts with innovative companies like SmartLabs to bring the energy saving, eco-friendly technologies to life," said Wayne Ward, vice president-Emerging Solutions Group, Sprint. "Mobile embedded solutions and partnerships present an opportunity to improve energy efficiency and provide greater access to quality information. Sprint is pleased to assist SmartLabs in the development of a next-generation wireless solution."

SmartLabs Insteon products can operate on the Sprint 3G and 4G networks. The Sprint 3G network reaches more than 283 million people in 20,035 cities (inclusive of data roaming). Sprint 3G allows utilities to download large amounts of data reliably at high speed. The Sprint 4G network covers more than 110 million people and is currently available in 71 markets across the country, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco. Sprint has recently unveiled Network Vision, a blueprint to deploy a cost-effective, innovative network plan to further enhance voice quality and data speeds for customers across the United States.

Sprint Emerging Solutions Group is an industry leader in M2M and embedded solutions, delivering a full complement of assets critical to successful M2M and embedded solutions deployments. These include: network agnostic capabilities (including 3G, 4G, CDMA, iDEN, and a reliable Tier 1 IP network); specialized industry solutions engineering teams; an open approach to devices and applications through the company's Open Device Initiative, an expansive M2M partner ecosystem; and the ability to provide customers with customized solutions that can include distribution, branding, billing and customer care services. To learn more, view this special "What if..." M2M video and visit www.sprint.com/m2m.

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About Insteon
Developed in Irvine, California, the award-winning Insteon remote control product line includes more than 200 devices, from lamp dimmers to thermostats and LED bulbs. Insteon delivers the fastest, most reliable wireless device communication in the industry with its innovative dual-band and simulcast mesh technology, creating the optimum platform for the coming Internet of Things. Insteon products are available throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as internationally. For more information about Insteon®, please visit www.insteon.com, or connect with Insteon on Facebook (www.facebook.com/insteon) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/insteon).

 

About Smarthome™ 
Smarthome was created based on the realization of a need for automated products that make lives easier, safer and more enjoyable. Today, Smarthome sells more than 13,000 hard-to-find products, including home automation solutions featuring award-winning Insteon technology. Smarthome sells online through its award-winning website at Smarthome.com, its direct mail catalog, its partners - such as Amazon, New Egg, Crutchfield and Tiger Direct, and its brick and mortar retail store located in Irvine, CA.

 

Media Contact

Insteon
Isaac Sanz, 1-949-221-0037 x187
pr@insteon.com

2009 Solar Decathlon Competitor Cornell University to Feature Insteon as Their Energy-Efficient Home Automation Solution

August 4, 2009

IRVINE, Calif. - SmartLabs, Inc. announces that Cornell University has chosen Insteon® home automation technology as an integral piece of their home build in the 2009 Solar Decathlon at the National Mall in Washington, DC, fall of 2009.

The competition is comprised of twenty University based teams, each given $100,000 to showcase the design, build and operation of a home completely powered by solar energy. Insteon was selected by Dr. Bruce R. Land, Cornell University Faculty Advisor, who said they “recognized the Insteon family of products as the right technology to help automate and control our solar powered home…where responding to the environment and controlling the house accordingly is critical, Insteon provides a simple and reliable solution for helping meet our home control challenges.” Smarthome representative Steve Lee felt the competition will “show the complete depth of Insteon, by using it as a full communication protocol through the management of lighting, appliances, contact closures, thermostats and IR control. We are building a seamless integration of Insteon products with other home systems towards a common goal of total energy efficiency.” Realizing the potential energy savings and convenience home automation can provide, Cornell is looking to add other Insteon-compatible control systems.

Over the next year, Cornell’s team will work with Smarthome to build a power efficient, reliable, affordable and convenient solution. The partnership should provide an example of how the home of the future will use Insteon automation to effectively manage resources and save energy.

For more information:

http://www.solardecathlon.org/.

http://cusd.cornell.edu/cusd/web/index.php.

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About Insteon
Developed in Irvine, California, the award-winning Insteon remote control product line includes more than 200 devices, from lamp dimmers to thermostats and LED bulbs. Insteon delivers the fastest, most reliable wireless device communication in the industry with its innovative dual-band and simulcast mesh technology, creating the optimum platform for the coming Internet of Things. Insteon products are available throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as internationally. For more information about Insteon®, please visit www.insteon.com, or connect with Insteon on Facebook (www.facebook.com/insteon) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/insteon).

About Smarthome™ 
Smarthome was created based on the realization of a need for automated products that make lives easier, safer and more enjoyable. Today, Smarthome sells more than 13,000 hard-to-find products, including home automation solutions featuring award-winning Insteon technology. Smarthome sells online through its award-winning website at Smarthome.com, its direct mail catalog, its partners - such as Amazon, New Egg, Crutchfield and Tiger Direct, and its brick and mortar retail store located in Irvine, CA.

 

Media Contact

Insteon
Isaac Sanz, 1-949-221-0037 x187
pr@insteon.com

SMARTHOME Launches Insteon Alliance and Software Development Solution

New $99 Solution Allows OEMs and Enthusiasts to Develop Wireless Home-Control Technology Applications 

 

May 9, 2005

IRVINE, Calif. - Smarthome Inc., the world’s leading provider of automated products to improve the home, today introduced the Insteon™ software development kit which provides the documentation, software and hardware necessary to develop Insteon-based home monitoring and management software applications. The Insteon software development kit is the first of its kind in the home automation or electronic home improvement industry. With purchase of the kit, available to both enthusiasts as well as professional software developers, users are granted access to the alliance membership. The Insteon kit sets a new industry trend with a $99 price point, compared to competing software development kits and alliance memberships that cost thousands of dollars each. 

Insteon is the first home automation network technology to combine the home’s existing wiring, or powerline, with radio frequency (RF) communications to deliver a secure, reliable and fast connection for automatic or remote control of lighting, security, entertainment systems, appliances, climate and more. Potential applications of Insteon may include remotely controlling or automating lighting, appliances, temperature, and sprinklers. 

“Our Insteon software development kit and developer’s community alliance provide hobbyists, entrepreneurs and engineering executives an extremely affordable alternative to costly alliance memberships, while providing them access to necessary materials needed to immediately start developing products,” said Rajeev Kapur, vice president of sales and marketing of Smarthome, Inc. “The introduction of Smarthome’s kit is truly unprecedented for the home automation industry. We have taken a grassroots approach to gaining market share by combining affordable pricing, access to the Insteon technology and a vehicle for developers to market their solutions, which has not existed before.”

With the launch of Smarthome’s software development kit, developers and end-users are given access to the award-winning home-control technology of Insteon. As an Insteon developer, newly created Insteon software applications or products incorporating those applications may be distributed through Smarthome or may be offered as shareware at www.insteon.net to thousands of electronic home improvement professionals and enthusiasts. The software development kit is available for $99. 

The kits include four core sections: documentation, hardware, membership and support. Specifically, developers are given basic programming language, access to user- and reference-guides, a serial network module (PowerLinc V2 Serial) and a test module (LampLinc V2), password access into the development forum, sales access on Smarthome.com and to the Insteon shareware site, and comprehensive support service, including e-mail, phone and consulting services for a fee. 

“The Insteon software development kit sets Smarthome apart from the rest of the home automation industry by allowing its customers to adapt the technology for an endless variety of applications,” said Kirsten West, analyst for West Technology Research Solutions, LLC. “By providing a combined package of development tools and alliance membership at a cost 97 percent less than the competition, Smarthome has adopted a unique business model which is fundamentally designed to benefit its customers. Thus the overall cost of implementing Insteon will remain well below that of major competitors for the foreseeable future, enabling a myriad of developers to enter the market with innovative products.” 

Smarthome recently announced partnerships with Ingram Micro and Amazon.com. Smarthome  prints more than five million catalogs per year and serves customers in more than 120 countries. The company offers more than 5,000 items for home automation, or “electronic home improvement” projects. 

For more information, please visit Smarthome’s Web site, www.smarthome.com or 
www.insteon.net or call 1-800-SMARTHOME. 

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About Insteon
Developed in Irvine, California, the award-winning Insteon remote control product line includes more than 200 devices, from lamp dimmers to thermostats and LED bulbs. Insteon delivers the fastest, most reliable wireless device communication in the industry with its innovative dual-band and simulcast mesh technology, creating the optimum platform for the coming Internet of Things. Insteon products are available throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as internationally. For more information about Insteon®, please visit www.insteon.com, or connect with Insteon on Facebook (www.facebook.com/insteon) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/insteon).

 

Media Contact

Insteon
Isaac Sanz, 1-949-221-0037 x187
pr@insteon.com