No Need to be Tech Savvy to Reap Lifestyle Benefits of 'Smart Home'

Intermatic Inc. Unveils Complete Home Control Package for Under $300

Spring Grove, IL - (November 1, 2004) - In an announcement released today, Intermatic Inc. unveiled its new line of HomeSettings products.

The "smart home" - discussed for years by technology advocates - is on the verge of becoming a common reality among mainstream consumers, and Intermatic is one of the first to create a reliable home control system with a reasonable price point, effectiveness and ease -of -use that will drive use among decidedly "non -techie" households. Best of all, the Intermatic HomeSettings system requires no wiring.
"Most people think using a home control system is too difficult or too expensive or they just don't know how," says Art Noparstak, a home automation expert with Intermatic Inc., a company that has pioneered significant changes in home environments for the last 110 years. "We are introducing a reliable home control system made with Zensys Z -Wave technology that not only enhances security and saves money, but offers very real and tangible lifestyle benefits for consumers. Within 5 years, home automation technology will be a staple in American households."

Home Controls Offer Full -Home Coverage

If you're a typical consumer, what exactly does that mean? The term really means being able to enhance your lifestyle at home by automating lights and appliances using a remote control. Consider these scenarios:

·Have you ever left home on a fall/winter morning without turning on evening lights only to return to a dark and empty home and property?

·Have you ever arrived at your vacation or business trip destination and suddenly realized that you neglected to ask a friend or neighbor to make the house look occupied?

·When you sit down to relax and watch a movie on the big screen wouldn't it be great to easily dim your lights?

·Do you need a midnight snack? How about lighting the path to the kitchen with the touch of a button?

·When it's time for the annual summertime party, how great would it be to know that the garden lights, hot tub, pond and fountain are all operating automatically based on a programmed schedule?

"The possibilities for home controls are endless and as technology advances, the options and flexibility for these type of controls will grow," says Noparstak. "But today a consumer can go into their local home center and with a budget of less than $100 begin to outfit their home with a home control system. One of the many benefits of the Intermatic HomeSettings system is that it allows you to begin with a few items and gradually expand over time."

Uses of Intermatic Home Control Products

Following is a review of the ways in which Noparstak suggests people enhance their homes with automation technology.

Home Lighting
This is probably the most popular control category and a great way to get involved with home controls. Starter kits are inexpensive, convenient and are easy -to -install. All Intermatic HomeSettings products come with a step -by -step, easy -to -follow guide. Dim fixtures you could never dim before, control them from anywhere in the house and give your home a "lived in" look while you are away. The Intermatic Home Settings Wall Receptacle* (Model HA01), the Plug -in Lamp Module (Model HA03), with a on/off/dim switch, and the In -Wall Dimmer Switch (Model HA06), will immediately give your home a superior level of lighting automation.

Outdoor Security and Lighting
Home intruders and burglars like nothing better than darkened doorways and windows. But with the weather resistant Intermatic Outdoor Module (Model HA04) and the Outdoor Screw -In Lamp Receptacle* (Model HA05), you can control the lighting surrounding your home with a bedside remote control device. What if you arrive home late at night? No problem, the outside lights will automatically sense your presence and turn on as you approach. This also makes turning on and off holiday lighting easier and more convenient.

Master Remote Control
The Master Remote Control (Model HA07) or Handy Remote Control (Model HA09) gives you the convenience of controlling lights and appliances from wherever you
happen to be at the time like your couch, car or even in your bed. Imagine hearing an unexpected noise outside, use the Master Remote Control "all on" feature to quickly turn on your lights and stereo. The Master Remote Control also features a variety of timing options, 12 "scenes", battery backup, 6 on/off features, visual feedback and an "Astro" feature that allows you to turn your lights on at sunset and off at sunrise without ever having to reset the timer. The Handy Remote Control includes 6 "scenes" and visual feedback. Each Intermatic HomeSettings system can hold up to 192 devices on each remote control.

With the broad selection of home control products offered by Intermatic HomeSettings you can control just about anything you wish in your home.

Zensys Technology
Intermatic has integrated Z -Wave technology into their home control products. Z -Wave technology is a low -cost, two -way communications technology that enables consumers to monitor and manage different systems around their home. Each product is embedded with a powerful chip that allows signals to bounce from one control to another in order to provide the most efficient working path. Zensys, the inventors of Z -Wave technology, is a provider of wireless networking technology for control and status reading applications. Intermatic HomeSettings products are compatible with all other products using Z -Wave technology.

For More Information
To enhance its effort in making homes safer, Intermatic continues to work with the Burglary Prevention Council (BPC) on educating consumers about safeguarding their homes against intruders. Consumers are encouraged to request the "Safe and Secure" booklet by sending a self -addressed, stamped envelope plus $1 for postage and handling to Vanessa Severance, Intermatic Inc., Intermatic Plaza, Spring Grove, Ill. 60681. Topics include evaluating your home's current safety measures, assessing your home's entry points, evaluating your neighborhood, understanding what attracts and discourages burglars, and implementing a cost -effective security program in your home.

About Intermatic Inc.
Intermatic is the leading producer of home security and home control products such as electric timers and wireless security alarms. Intermatic HomeSettings products are available at most hardware stores and home centers.
Intermatic also manufactures a new line of insect control products called the Mosquito FreedomÔ line of Mosquito Inhibitors as well as Malibu® Low Voltage and Solar outdoor lighting, industrial and residential surge protectors, timers, and photo control products. For additional information on the full range of Intermatic products, contact: Intermatic, Intermatic Plaza, Spring Grove, Ill., 60081 -9698.

Editors Note: To request interviews, product samples, color photos, high -resolution images or pictures on CD, please contact Lauren Russ at 773/545 -7380.

*Products are available in April 2005.

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