Named Best Overall in Home Appliances Category, GridPoint Connect Provides Total Solution for Instant Backup Power, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Integration
NEW YORK − Nov. 8, 2006 − The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA®) today announced GridPoint, Inc.™, a provider of intelligent energy management (IEM) products, as an International CES Best of Innovations 2007 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for GridPoint Connect™ at the International CES New York Press Preview. The Best of Innovations awards are given to the most highly honored products in each of the 31 product categories within the Innovations Design and Engineering Awards. GridPoint Connect was the best overall honoree in the Home Appliances category.
Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and members of the trade press to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting -edge consumer electronics products.
GridPoint Connect provides renewable energy integration, online energy management and clean, battery -based backup power. The attractive, "plug -and -play" product has also been awarded Green Builder® Magazine's 2006 Most Innovative Product and was selected as the renewable energy management system in three LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Homes projects, including the first home to receive a platinum rating by the U.S. Green Building Council.
"Recognition by the Consumer Electronics Association is a terrific validation of GridPoint Connect as an innovative technology that is ready for mass adoption," said Peter L. Corsell, President and CEO of GridPoint. "Our intelligent energy management product makes it easy for homeowners to increase efficiency and reliability while reducing their carbon footprint."
As a widely renowned consumer technology awards program that began in 1989, the prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards recognize achievements in product design and engineering. It is sponsored by CEA, the producer of the International CES, the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow, and endorsed by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), the voice of industrial design, committed to advancing the profession through education, information, community and advocacy.
The Innovations entries are judged based on the following criteria: engineering qualities of the product, including technical specifications and materials used; intended use/function and user value; aesthetic and design qualities; unique and novel features; contributions to consumers' quality of life; and impact on the manufacturer's business model.
GridPoint Connect will be displayed at the 2007 International CES, which runs January 8 -11, 2007, in Las Vegas. The Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase will feature honorees by product category at Innovations Plus at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, Booth #68747, as well as in the Grand Lobby of Las Vegas Convention Center and at CES Unveiled: The Official Press Event of the International CES. Visit www.CESweb.org/innovations for details.
GridPoint's intelligent energy management (IEM) products ensure clean, reliable backup power, increase energy efficiency, and integrate renewable energy. A partner in the ENERGY STAR® program, GridPoint helps home and business owners automatically protect themselves from power outages, manage their energy online and reduce their carbon footprint. GridPoint products also provide a superior set of integrated demand response, energy conservation, and load shaping solutions to utilities, which lower the cost of supplying electricity, reduce consumption, and increase the reliability of the electric grid.
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