Insteon® Announces Apple HomeKit-enabled Insteon App and Insteon Hub

Posted in Home Automation,Industry News by Ruslan Ulanov on the January 7th, 2015

LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Consumer Electronics Show – Insteon®, creators of the world’s premier home automation and control technology, today announced a new Insteon App supporting Apple HomeKit technology for home management. With the HomeKit-enabled Insteon App, users can control any HomeKit-enabled device, regardless of brand or product type. Insteon is also offering a new HomeKit-enabled Insteon Hub, which brings Insteon switches, outlets, thermostats, and light bulbs into the HomeKit ecosystem. The Insteon Hub featuring HomeKit technology is available for pre-order at $149.99.

“Support for HomeKit technology for home management will allow us to provide a simple and easy experience for our customers, with the ability to securely pair and control devices throughout the house including integration with Siri.”

HomeKit delivers a common protocol, secure pairing and the ability to easily control individual or groups of products throughout the house including integration with Siri®, Apple’s personal voice assistant. With HomeKit, you can create scenarios to direct Siri, such as “Bedtime, Siri,” that would dim the lights, lock the doors, close the garage door and set the thermostat.

The new Insteon App will work with all HomeKit-enabled products from various manufacturers and protocols, providing a simple, singular method for consumers to control connected devices.

“We’re thrilled to launch our HomeKit-enabled Insteon App and Insteon Hub. This brings together more products from more manufacturers under a single platform than we’ve ever seen,” said Joe Dada, CEO, Insteon. “Support for HomeKit technology for home management will allow us to provide a simple and easy experience for our customers, with the ability to securely pair and control devices throughout the house including integration with Siri.”

App features:

  • Control HomeKit-enabled lights, door locks, color-changing bulbs, garage door openers, thermostats and any other HomeKit-enabled products
  • Control Insteon switches, outlets, thermostats and more when paired with the HomeKit-enabled Insteon Hub
  • Easily add devices with just a tap
  • Create and manage rooms, zones and even multiple houses
  • Schedule scenes and set repeats for day, week or date
  • Dashboard view for quick visibility and control
  • Quickly create powerful scenes that adjust multiple devices

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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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Introducing SmartThings Labs

Posted in Home Automation,Industry News,Software by Ruslan Ulanov on the January 9th, 2014

SmartThingsLabsToday at the International CES 2014 Physical Graph Corp. introduced the SmartThings Labs, a new category in their SmartApps catalog that will give users early access to up and coming features currently undergoing the beta testing.

The three products we’re debuting in the SmartThings Lab are currently being showcased in our #HelloSmartHome connected house at CES: Philips hue, Belkin WeMo, and Sonos.

Supposedly integration for other products demoed at the CES (like Jawbone and the August smart lock) will be coming to SmartThings Labs in the coming months.

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For more information on the new SmartThings Labs apps please see SmartThings Blog.

 

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…)