HAA's Mark of Excellence Awards recognize the finest achievements in home automation. 1999 Award winners and finalists were recognized at the Mark of Excellence Awards presentation during the Home Automation Show & Conference, February 8-10 in Orlando. The Home Automation Association is the trade association of the home control industry. HAA members include manufacturers, distributors, dealers, installers and service providers of home automation products. Home automation integrates lighting, entertainment, security, HVAC and telecommunications to provide enhanced energy efficiency, convenience and safety for homes.

Top Home Automation Products & Services Recognized

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Top Home Automation Products & Services Recognized
Mark of Excellence Award Winners Announced

HAA's Mark of Excellence Awards recognize the finest achievements in home automation. 1999 Award winners and finalists were recognized at the Mark of Excellence Awards presentation during the Home Automation Show & Conference, February 8-10 in Orlando.

The Home Automation Association is the trade association of the home control industry. HAA members include manufacturers, distributors, dealers, installers and service providers of home automation products. Home automation integrates lighting, entertainment, security, HVAC and telecommunications to provide enhanced energy efficiency, convenience and safety for homes.

The HAA judges were selected to represent various technologies and professions within the home automation industry. The 1999 judges were:

Tom Callahan, Sawyers Control Systems
Doug Fiske, AMP Incorporated
Dave Terret of J.P. Freeman & Company
Richard Scholl, Worthington Distribution
Kent Williams, SMART HOUSE, Inc.

The process of Judging: is based on selected criterion for each award such as: provides a distinct benefit, innovative idea, enables smooth integration of sub-systems, well documented and easy to implement, and flexible.


AWARD CATEGORY: 1999 PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

The Product of the Year Award is for: Any product that relates to home automation: hardware, software, tools, system interfaces, user interfaces or any other product. The winner of this category is determined from award winners in the categories of Technology, User Interface, Interoperable product and Installation Enabling Tool.

Winner: Powerline Control Systems - PCS SceneMaster
PCS has developed a complete line of powerline carrier lighting products containing the SceneMaster lighting system. This high-power, high-quality professional system creates expensive scene lighting usually found in hard-wired systems at a fraction of the cost. Contact: Richard Pascual Tel: 818-701-9831 Web: www.pcslighting.com  and www.smartswitch.net 


AWARD CATEGORY: 1999 MANUFACTURER TECHNOLOGY

The Technology Award is for: An enabling technology for hardware and/or software, design tools, parts or development systems.

Winner: X-10 (USA) Inc. - Socket Rocket
Turns light fixtures on and off by remote control. No wiring necessary. Just screw it into existing light socket, existing bulb screws into Lamp Module. Fits in most light sockets. Contact: Dave Rye Tel: 201-784-9700 Web: www.x10.com  


AWARD CATEGORY: 1999 MANUFACTURER USER INTERFACE

User Interface Award is for: The product used by the homeowner when the installation is complete for the operation of the home. Entries can be stand alone products or part of a system.

Winner: Axiom Design, Inc. - Thomson Residence User Interface
This graphically enriched user interface successfully manages multiple whole-house systems and delivers a simple, innovative, and attractive control interface in a manner that all levels of users can understand. Contact: Patti Brosnan Tel: 510-462-2300 Web: www.axiomdesign.com 


AWARD CATEGORY: 1999 MANUFACTURER INTEROPERABLE PRODUCT

The Interoperable Product Award is for: The products that make it possible for various subsystems in a home to be integrated seamlessly into a single unified home automation "system".

Winner: Home Automated Living - HAL 2000
HAL integrates all the systems of the home including lights, climate, security, home theater, telephone and Internet on the PC. And the HAL home can be controlled by voice from anywhere on Earth. Contact: Tim Shriver Tel: 301-498-6000 Web: www.AutomatedLiving.com 


AWARD CATEGORY: 1999 LIGHTING BASED SYSTEM

Winner: Powerline Control Systems - PCS SceneMaster
PCS has developed a complete line of powerline carrier lighting products containing the SceneMaster lighting system. This high-power, high-quality professional system creates expensive scene lighting usually found in hard-wired systems at a fraction of the cost. Contact: Richard Pascual Tel: 818-701-9831 Web: www.pcslighting.com   and www.smartswitch.net 


AWARD CATEGORY: 1999 ENERGY MANAGEMENT BASED SYSTEM

Winner: Cutler-Hammer - Advanced Power Center System
Cutler-Hammer's Advanced Power Center lets users monitor and control energy used throughout the home. Using a personal computer or keypad, you can monitor energy usage and make adjustments according to your budget. Contact: Fred Shahdadian Tel: 412-494-3723 Web: www.cutlerhammer.eaton.com/apc 


AWARD CATEGORY: 1999 SECURITY BASED SYSTEM

Winner: Caddx Controls, Inc. - NX-8 Home Control System
The NX-8 Home Control System from CADDX now features modules that allow for simple, low cost home automation. It is the prototype for the Home Control System of the future. Contact: Frank Clark Tel: 800-727-2339 Web: www.caddx.com  


AWARD CATEGORY: 1999 DEALER INSTALLER SUPPORT

Winner: SMART HOUSE, Inc. - Customer Interaction Center ("CIC") The SMART HOUSE, Inc. Customer Interaction Center ("CIC") is the gateway that staff, franchisees, homeowners, builders, manufacturers, suppliers, and others use to obtain support. The CIC provides users access through phone, fax, Internet, and e-mail. Contact: Christopher A.S. Pratt and John M. Cameron Tel: 919-872-8553 Web: www.smart-house.com 


AWARD CATEGORY: 1999 MANUFACTURER/UTILITY ADVERTISING & PROMOTION

Winner: Leviton Manufacturing - Home Automation APTitude
Leviton's Home Automation APTitude is a comprehensive Applications Product Training program that includes everything from marketing statistics and applications to in-depth product information and selling tools featuring Leviton's DHC line. Contact: AnneMarie Grady Tel: 718-631-6032 Web: www.leviton.com 


AWARD CATEGORY: 1999 DEALER/GENERAL SERVICE PROVIDER - HOME OF THE YEAR ($10K-25K)

The Home of the Year ($10K-$25K) Award is for: A whole house automation installation or design between $10,000 and $25,000 that meets the homeowners needs.

Winner: DDS Home Automation & Security - Lange Residence
Integrated home provides affordable power and simplicity. Security, lighting, and heating/cooling blend together to provide automatic control for convenience. A phone system and satellite Internet service makes work at home easy, while a whole house A/V system offers enjoyment at home. Contact: Dan Becker Tel: 908-707-1451 Web: www.ddsea.com 


AWARD CATEGORY: 1999 DEALER/GENERAL SERVICE PROVIDER - HOME OF THE YEAR OVER $25,000

The Home of the Year (Over $25K) Award is for: A whole house automation installation or design over $25,000 that meets the homeowners needs.

Winner: Sound Solutions (SEI)
Sound Solutions has designed and installed numerous audio, video and control systems for this home. The Closed Circuit Television Systems, door access, and drape controls are just a few examples of programs provided. Contact: Michael DiSanto Tel: 310-393-5332


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