IRVINE, Calif. - Smarthome Inc. has announced the introduction of Insteonâ„¢, a home automation network technology that combines 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, appliances, HVAC, and more, says the company.

According to Smarthome, Insteon works 30 times faster than X10, the home automation standard for the past 30 years that works exclusively through the powerline. By combining the powerline with RF, Insteon offers the cost benefits and efficiencies of powerline communication and the wireless connectivity required for certain applications in or outside the home, the company says.

"Many OEM design engineers, home builders and remodelers, lighting, electrical, and HVAC contractors, and even interior designers, have been waiting for an affordable, reliable, and easy-to-use home automation protocol for some time," said Joe Dada, president and CEO of Smarthome, based in Irvine, Calif. "We believe Insteon will become the standard to meet their needs."

"Because the technology is backwards compatible to X10, we believe Insteon will become the de facto standard among existing home automation users very quickly," stated Dada. "We believe the new level of performance and simplicity Insteon offers will also spur home automation demand among mainstream consumers."

To begin using Insteon, users plug in two RF access points in their home and two filters to prevent interference with PC power strips or certain brands of televisions. The installation of Insteon home automation devices is said to feature a simple Plug and Tapâ„¢ process.

"In the past, most efforts to create a reliable home automation network concentrated on broadband technology, while today many are focused on exclusively wireless or powerline solutions," said Dan Cregg, vice president of engineering for Smarthome. "We wanted the best of both worlds - affordable and efficient powerline technology combined with RF to provide extended reach as needed and to work with wireless applications."

Insteon may be incorporated in OEM products, including HVAC equipment. Other examples of applications for homeowners can include receiving a text message on their mobile phone if a refrigerator stops working or the plumbing leaks, and changing room temperature automatically when entering a new room by carrying a wireless thermostat.

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Publication date: 06/14/2004