Insteon Announces Membership in the Thread Group

Posted in Hardware,Home Automation,Industry News by Ruslan Ulanov on the December 18th, 2014

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Insteon®, creators of the world’s premier home automation and control technology, today announced that it has joined the Thread Group, an industry organization dedicated to market education and product certification for Thread, a low-power, wireless mesh networking protocol designed to easily and securely connect hundreds of devices in the home. Insteon will have access to the Thread specifications, which are built on open standards and IPv6 technology with 6LoWPAN at its foundation, and will be able to certify and brand Thread-compliant products starting in the second half of 2015.

“We developed Thread to provide an easy and secure way for product developers and consumers to connect products in the home to each other and directly to the cloud. We’ve seen incredible momentum to date, and our membership has grown to more than 50 companies”

The Thread Group was formed by seven industry-leading organizations including Yale Security, Silicon Labs, Samsung Electronics, Nest Labs, Freescale® Semiconductor, Big Ass Fans and ARM. They developed Thread to provide a new and better way to connect products in the home by building on proven technology standards.

“We developed Thread to provide an easy and secure way for product developers and consumers to connect products in the home to each other and directly to the cloud. We’ve seen incredible momentum to date, and our membership has grown to more than 50 companies,” said Chris Boross, president, the Thread Group and technical product manager, Nest Labs. “We’re delighted that Insteon will join our efforts to establish Thread as the most widely adopted protocol powering the next generation of the connected home.”

“Insteon is a proud contributor to the larger connected home ecosystem, as evidenced by our membership in the Thread Group,” said Joe Dada, CEO of Insteon. “This is especially important as the industry shifts from a PC-centric world to a mobile-centric world. While Insteon has become a leading connectivity protocol with massive consumer adoption, the company also has the flexibility to work with other connected-home protocols via cloud-to-cloud or TCP/IP as it makes business sense to do so. We believe strongly in the approach that the Thread Group is taking, and we’re proud to lend our expertise to such a marquis group of companies who are working collaboratively to bring IoT into the mainstream.”

Insteon is a global leader in the home automation and control industry, with more than 20 years of industry leadership and a global footprint of more than 200 different connected devices being sold across 2,500 mainstream retailers including Walmart, Costco and Home Depot. Insteon was founded in 2005 to give motion sensors, lights, thermostats and other common household items the ability to function through RF and Powerline communications. Insteon is powerful, reliable and simple. This means homeowners can easily install their system on their own and then run it from any smartphone, tablet or computer from anywhere in the world.

A Better Wireless Networking Protocol for the Home

Using proven standards and IPv6 technology with 6LoWPAN as its foundation, Thread offers numerous advantages over existing wireless standards:

  • IP-based technology: Thread is an Internet protocol designed specifically for the Internet of Things. It takes existing technologies and leverages the best parts of each to provide a better way to connect products in the home.
  • Reliable networks: Thread offers robust self-healing mesh networks that scale to hundreds of devices with no single point of failure. Devices are ready when people need them.
  • Secure networks: Thread networks feature secure, banking-class encryption. Thread closes identified security holes found in other wireless protocols and provides worry-free operation.
  • Simple connectivity: Thread devices are simple to install with a smartphone, tablet or computer. Consumers can securely connect Thread devices in the home to each other and to the cloud for easy control and access from anywhere.
  • Low power: Thread supports battery-operated devices as part of a home network. This allows the devices that people use every day – including thermostats, lighting controls, safety and security products – to be a part of the network without requiring constant charging or frequent battery changes.

The first Thread-certified products are expected to ship in late 2015.

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Insteon Announces World’s First Remote-controlled Dual On/Off Outlet

Posted in Hardware,Home Automation,Industry News by Ruslan Ulanov on the November 13th, 2014

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Insteon®, creators of the world’s premier home automation and control technology, today announced the industry’s first dual-on/off, dual-band outlet. Now consumers can separately and remotely control each of two sockets with a degree of reliability 100 times greater than competing protocols.

“Insteon’s new On/Off Outlet is yet another example of Insteon’s extraordinary range and versatility in today’s connected home”

“Insteon’s new On/Off Outlet is yet another example of Insteon’s extraordinary range and versatility in today’s connected home,” said Joe Dada, CEO of Insteon. “Now consumers have significantly more flexibility as they seek to set scenes, and save power. In particular, the combination of RF and Powerline communications in a single device makes it the most reliable outlet of its kind.”

At a glance, the features of Insteon’s new On/Off Outlet include:

  • Separate controls for each socket
  • Dual band communications – via the combination of RF and Powerline communications
  • Tamper-proof shutters to prevent shocks and burns
  • Control for up to 15 Amps
  • Smaller case enclosure for easier installation
  • A variety of colors, including white, almond, light almond, ivory, black, brown and grey

Insteon’s new On/Off Outlet is available starting today for $59.99 in white and $64.99 in the other colors.

The Insteon family of 200-plus devices turns any home into a connected home. Insteon users can set up lighting scenes, schedule lights to automatically turn on and off, and monitor their homes via wireless cameras from any mobile device. Insteon also offers a suite of sensors that allows users to receive instant alerts when doors and windows are opened, smoke and carbon monoxide is detected, or when there is a water leak in the home. Insteon provides all of this and more via free apps for iOS, Android, and Windows devices with no monthly fees.

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Nest Protect: The Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm Reinvented

Posted in Hardware,Industry News by Ruslan Ulanov on the October 11th, 2013

Safety Shouldn’t Be Annoying, Nest Protect Addresses Nuisance Alarms and Low-Battery Chirps to Help Keep Families Safe

nest-protect-front-blackPalo Alto, California — October 8, 2013 — Nest Labs, Inc. (www.nest.com) announced today breakthrough innovation that redefines what people should expect from their smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. These products should keep us safe, not annoy us. Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide™ does much more than just sound a shrill alarm when there’s danger in your home. It speaks to you, telling you where the danger is and what the problem is. And before it sounds a piercing alarm, Nest Protect gives you a friendly Heads-Up warning that you can silence with a wave of your hand – no more swinging towels or brooms to try to quiet a false alarm. It integrates with your mobile devices and even messages you if the batteries run low, avoiding that all-too-familiar midnight low-battery chirp.

“With our first product, the Nest Learning Thermostat, we set out to help people reduce home energy use,” said Tony Fadell, Nest founder and chief executive officer. “Now, we’re turning our attention to something that’s also important: keeping families safe in their homes. We’ve all experienced the smoke alarm going off while we’re cooking or searched for the source of that incessant low-battery chirp in the middle of the night. Every time a smoke alarm cries wolf, we trust it a little less, and then – in a moment of frustration – we rip the batteries out to stop the beeping. And that leaves us and our families at risk.”

According to a study by the National Fire Protection Agency of smoke alarms that failed to activate during home fires, 73 percent of them had dead, missing or disconnected batteries. Nuisance alarms were the leading reason for disconnected smoke alarms.

“Safety shouldn’t be annoying,” said Matt Rogers, Nest founder and vice president of engineering. “It was unacceptable to us that almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. These products are required by law and are supposed to keep us safe, yet people hate them. We wanted to change that, so we created Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide.” (continue reading this article and leave comments here…)

INSTEON Home Automation Products Now Available in Europe, Australia and New Zealand

Posted in Hardware,Home Automation,Industry News by Ruslan Ulanov on the May 23rd, 2013

IRVINE, Calif., May 22, 2013 – INSTEON®, manufacturers of the best-selling, most reliable home automation and control technology, today announced the European launch of its easy to install and affordable home automation devices, opening the doors for savvy homeowners all across Europe who are looking to embrace the connected home experience.

Cleverly designed and so easy you can install it yourself, INSTEON offers a reliable and affordable home automation solution. The system starts with the INSTEON Hub; a simple and straightforward device that connects you to your home from anywhere in the world from your smartphone or tablet. The first wave of European products includes plug-in modules for lamps and appliances, in-wall micro modules, DIN rail modules, door/window sensors, motion sensors and thermostats.

An INSTEON system can be used for a wide variety of applications which can be installed and controlled via the INSTEON Hub and free iOS and Android apps. Access your network from anywhere in the world and control or monitor:

  • • Indoor and Outdoor Lighting Appliances
  • • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • • Motion, Door/Window Sensors
  • • Energy –create schedules  for lights and appliances to reduce energy usage and save money
  • • X10 compatible technology

INSTEON control signals are simultaneously sent using your home’s mains wiring and radio frequency. Unlike Zigbee and Z-Wave devices, INSTEON devices are peers,  enabling devices to transmit, receive or repeat other messages without requiring a master controller or complex routing software.

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New product alert: INSTEON Smoke Bridge

Posted in Hardware,Home Automation,Industry News by Ruslan Ulanov on the February 8th, 2013

Smoke bridgeNever again leave home without knowing that your possessions and loved ones are safe. The INSTEON Smoke Bridge monitors First Alert® ONELINK® smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This allows you to create email and text message alerts that can be sent to you no matter where you are.

Monitor the state of your home and be alerted to smoke, fire and carbon monoxide. When paired with an INSTEON Hub, the Smoke Bridge can send alerts to your smartphone via text or email informing you that something is wrong, giving you the knowledge to act to save your home and family from potential disaster.

 

How it Works

ONELink with voice


It all starts with a First Alert ONELINK Smoke Detector. If one of these detectors senses smoke, fire or carbon monoxide, they sound an audible alarm and send out an RF signal to other ONELINK Smoke Detectors.

The signal propagates throughout your home and activates every First Alert ONELINK Smoke Detector. Before long, every alarm is sounding. But what happens if you’re not at home?

The INSTEON Smoke Bridge detects the First Alert ONELINK RF signal and sets into action. Communicating with the INSTEON Hub or any other alert-ready INSTEON central controller, the alarm is sent out as an alert to your smartphone. Simultaneously, Smoke Bridge turns on any linked lights as an additional precaution, making escape at night even safer.

 

Source: Smarthome.com