Insteon Wireless Home Control News at CES: Home Automation Meets Multimedia

Insteon Lights Up Best Buy’s ConnectedLife.Home, D-Link Connects Multimedia Network to the Insteon Home Control Network, CONNECTIONS at CES Home Control Session Features Insteon

 

January 7, 2007

IRVINE, Calif. -  SmartLabs, Inc., the inventor of the Insteon wireless home control technology, announces that Insteon will play a key role in the Best Buy ConnectedLife. Home package that will be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2007. Insteon is the underlying technology used in the lighting system that is part of the ConnectedLife.Home solution, which combines multimedia and entertainment with home automation for the consumer. 

The Best Buy For Business ConnectedLife.Home package, which includes Insteon lighting control products from SmartLabs Design (a division of SmartLabs, Inc.), will be demonstrated as part of the NextGen Home Experience in the Best Buy Mobile Model Home in Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) Central Plaza 4. Hewlett-Packard, another partner in the ConnectedLife.Home package, will demonstrate how Insteon interfaces with its HP z560 Digital Entertainment Center using Exceptional Innovation’s LifeWare software running on Microsoft Windows Vista in its four-room integrated digital home in the HP booth, #31112, South Hall 3, LVCC.

SmartLabs also announces that D-Link will offer a preview of its new Insteon-enabled router, which uses the Insteon technology to bridge the gap between the control management network and the entertainment and communications network in the home. E-mail and mobile phone messages or alerts sent over D-Link’s Insteon-enabled router notify homeowners of controlled events in the home. The D-Link router will be demonstrated in the SmartLabs booth, #25908, South Hall 2, LVCC, and the D-Link booth, #31434, South Hall 3, LVCC. 

Also at CES, Rajeev Kapur, president of SmartLabs, will participate in a panel discussion, “Mass-Market Home Controls? Products, Protocols and…the Players!” moderated by Bill Ablondi, director of home systems research at Parks Associates. The presentation, which takes place Monday, Jan. 8, at 12 p.m. in LVCC S106-S107, will explore the factors driving mass-market adoption of home control technology, including the potential impact of Best Buy’s ConnectedLife.Home bundle. 

For more information about the Insteon home control networking technology and the 
Insteon Alliance, please visit www.insteon.com. 

 

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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).

 

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Insteon Has 40% Market Share of the Emerging Home Control Marketplace Says West Technology Research

With New Insteon Alliance Members OSRAM Sylvania, D-Link and Best Buy, 2007 Poised to be a Good Year for Insteon

 

January 7, 2007

IRVINE, Calif. -  SmartLabs, Inc., the inventor of the Insteon wireless home control networking technology and organizer of the Insteon Alliance, announced today that new research by West Technology Research Solutions finds that Insteon has 40 percent of the emerging wireless home control market with its Insteon wireless home control networking technology. 

“In our estimation, Insteon has 35 to 40 percent of the emerging home control market,” said George West, senior analyst at WTRS, one of the premier independent analyst firms closely tracking the competitive landscape for emerging wireless networking systems for the home. “In 2006, Insteon had more design wins and products ship than competing technologies.” 

“Manufacturers are looking for near-term revenue opportunities and home control is a nascent market that could turn into a multi-billion dollar revenue opportunity,” continued West. “The Insteon strategy is a sound one: to ensure that Insteon technology is integrated in core home subsystems while working with players like Hewlett-Packard, D-Link and Best Buy to link home automation with communications and entertainment in the home.” 

The Insteon Alliance has steadily grown the market share for Insteon-enabled products by concentrating on manufacturers of core home subsystems—a strategy that will lead to the introduction of over 60 Insteon-enabled products from 50 different manufacturers in the first half of 2007. 

“Competing technologies may have mindshare, but we’ve got market share,” said Ken Fairbanks, vice president of business development at SmartLabs and spokesman for the Insteon Alliance. “More manufacturers are designing products with Insteon technology and we have a larger installed base. Today there are 18 different manufacturers with 36 INSTEON-enabled products. With significantly more manufacturers and products on the way, we’ve generated great momentum for Insteon going into 2007.” 

Key new Insteon Alliance members include OSRAM Sylvania, D-Link, Venstar and Best Buy For Business. Insteon Alliance partners include the world’s largest manufacturers of core home control subsystems: 

  • OSRAM Sylvania, the second largest lighting enterprise in the world 
  • D-Link, the worldwide leader in networking solutions for the home 
  • Broan Nu-Tone, the market share leader with over 80% of the ventilation-fan market 
  • Balboa Instruments, Inc., the world’s largest supplier of electronic controls to the pool and spa industry 
  • Venstar, a leading manufacturer of residential thermostats, sold under the Carrier brand 
  • Weiland Sliding Doors, a manufacturer of European-style sliding window doors distributed through Anderson and Pella Windows 
  • BRK Electronics, a manufacturer of residential safety products, including fire alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and security sensors, sold under First Alert and other brands 

"Thanks to Insteon, manufacturers can inexpensively integrate home control technology into their products." continued Fairbanks. "The ease of installation and out-of-the-box interoperability are strong selling points-for end users as well as manufacturers-and these benefits are backed up by the effective Insteon go-to-market strategy."

Insteon-enabled products coming to market include products for lighting control, security and safety control, ventilation and comfort control, pool and spa control, access control and environmental control, as well as multiple home automation software applications that make home control and management possible from anywhere in the world via computer or mobile device. 

In all, 13 Insteon Alliance partners will demonstrate their Insteon-enabled home control products at the SmartLabs booth, #25908, South Hall 2, Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). D-Link will preview its Insteon-enabled router, Venstar will preview its Carrier brand of thermostats, Broan Nu-Tone will unveil its complete line of SmartSense ventilation fans using the Insteon technology and Weiland Sliding Doors will demonstrate Insteon-enabled remote control of its high-end window walls. 

New home automation and control software from HomeXperience, PowerHome, Promixis and Universal Devices, as well as Embedded Automation and Cortexa Technology, will show how homeowners can manage their home using their controller of choice including a keypad, personal computer, media center or mobile device. 

For more information about Insteon and the Insteon Alliance, please visit www.insteon.com.

 

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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).

 

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Isaac Sanz, 1-949-221-0037 x187
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New Broan® SmartSense® System Automatically Improves Indoor Air Quality

January 2, 2007

IRVINE, Calif. - So smart you won’t be able to sense it, the Broan® SmartSense® Intelligent Ventilation System improves air quality throughout the home – automatically and efficiently. Now homeowners and contractors have an affordable, energy efficient solution to meet the intermittent and continuous ventilation requirements of ASHRAE code 62, according to Tom 
Heidel, IAQ product manager. 


“To maintain a healthy home, it is important to exhaust stale indoor air and minimize opportunities for mold and mildew growth through continuous ventilation throughout the day,” says Heidel. “Pollutants such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds and excess moisture are not removed by the filtration units and air cleaning machines that have become so popular today.” 

According to Heidel, this innovative breakthrough in ventilation technology has combined the patent-pending Broan SmartSense technology with Broan Ultra Silent™ ventilation fans to create an integrated ventilation system in the home. Individual fans that once worked independently now work together to ensure fresh air throughout the day. 

The ASHRAE (American Society for Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers) Standard 62, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Residential Buildings, is the nationally recognized indoor air quality standard for residential applications. Many codes authorities use this standard to develop building codes for residential construction in their communities. Add to this an ASHRAE study recently conducted in Denmark that shows increasing ventilation in classrooms increases student performance by 10 to 20 percent.


Additionally, the Broan SmartSense System provides valuable points towards indoor air quality and energy efficiency that are part of most Green Building programs such as LEED (Leadership in Energy Efficient Design), The National Association of Home Builder’s Green Building Guidelines and the ENERGY STAR Home program. 

According to Heidel, it’s easy to have intelligent ventilation in your home. The first step is to install Broan Ultra Silent fans throughout the home, wherever ventilation is needed, such as the master bathroom, laundry room, secondary bathrooms, workshop or recreation room. Then, a Broan SmartSense control is connected to each fan. One control is designated as the master and, using the ASHRAE formula based on the home size and number of bedrooms, the ventilation rate is entered into this control. The remaining controls communicate with the master control through the use of Insteon™ technology, a powerful, wireless home control technology that digitally communicates over the power lines already installed in the home. No control wires are needed. 

The master control monitors the normal/manual usage of the fans in the home, such as during shower time. It calculates the volume of air ventilated and deducts this from the total ventilation required. If necessary, it will intermittently operate fans throughout the home to achieve optimal ventilation and superior distribution of fresh air. ASHRAE studies have shown that a single fan system does not provide effective continuous ventilation.2


“Another benefit of Broan SmartSense is its efficient management of energy. Many ventilation strategies ventilate all the time, regardless of manual ventilation usage. This results in millions of cubic feet of excess ventilation per year and many energy dollars to heat or cool the replaced excess air. Since Broan Ultra Silent fans are ENERGY STAR rated, Broan SmartSense uses less than 50 watts during ventilation cycles compared to others that can use 1500 watts or more,” says Heidel. 


Heidel explains that the Broan SmartSense system continually monitors and activates Broan Ultra Silent fans day and night, operating them when necessary throughout the home to distribute fresh air. The fans operate at a barely audible 0.3 and 0.9 Sones. Even in a bedroom, in the middle of the night, homeowners will never know they’re running. 

The Broan SmartSense Intelligent Ventilation System provides homeowners with an affordable, automatic ventilation solution that minimizes the presence of pollutants and maximizes energy savings. The system is available in convenient 2- and 3-fan kits, which include the fans and controls. Broan SmartSense comes with a 2-year warranty and can be purchased through your local kitchen and bath showroom or electrical/lighting retailer. Log on to www.broan.com to locate a dealer. The new Broan SmartSense System…it just makes sense! 

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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