Cooper Wiring Devices Introduces New Aspire RF™ Home Controller and Programming Module at CEDIA '08

New Aspire RF™ Home Controller and Programming Module at CEDIA '08

PEACHTREE CITY, GA., August 28, 2008 - Cooper Wiring Devices has announced two additional product introductions to its ASPIRE RF™ Wireless Control System, which will be featured at the 2008 CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design and Installation) Expo in Denver, Colorado from September 3 -7.

The new products added to the Aspire RF line include:
• Aspire RF HomeController (RFBER)
• Aspire RF Serial Interface Programming Module (RF232)

Cooper Wiring Devices' new Ethernet -enabled HomeController (Cat. No. RFBER) is an advanced home automation controller that's designed to simplify the homeowner's life by integrating and automating the major systems of their home. Installers and homeowners can use it to monitor and control lighting, appliances, climate, security, telephones, outdoor sprinklers, window shades and home entertainment equipment. The built -in web server allows access to a primary or secondary residence from any internet connection.

The HomeController comes pre -installed with Aspire RF's powerful HS2 -PRO software, is Ethernet capable and features a fan -less, diskless design, four RS232 serial ports, three USB ports, one ASPIRE RF USB stick (RFUSB -PROX) and ports for audio in/out and only consumes 10 watts of power.

Recent winner of Custom Retailer's Excite Award, Cooper Wiring Devices' new Serial Interface Programming Module (RF232) provides Installers a portable primary controller that also performs as a serial interface module for integration with other control systems. It acts as a portable (battery operated) commissioning tool (install/uninstall) for ASPIRE RF and Z -Wave® devices thus eliminating the need to carry around a laptop. Simply install your devices and connect the module to a serial port on your PC or control panel. Integration to a third -party system to monitor and control ASPIRE RF devices is accomplished through the RS232 ASCII based interface programming.

The Serial Interface Module's seven -segment LED status indicators provide visual display of device programming and node identification. Power -failure memory allows the device to retain all programmed settings after a loss of power. Product includes power supply, RS232 cable and six -foot extension cable.

Aspire RF will be the focus of attention at Cooper Wiring Devices' exhibitor booth (#345), as the company looks to educate and train a wide variety of installers, integrators, and other industry professionals on the advantages the ASPIRE RF offers their customers and how it can help them to grow their businesses.

"These products provide our installers with reliable and flexible feature -rich tools for commissioning and controlling ASPIRE RF systems." said Jason Sherrill, Product Manager of Technology at Cooper Wiring Devices. "With the addition of these two new products we are enabling our installers to reduce installation and programming time and expand their business model with remote access services, creating a greater value proposition throughout their value chain."

For more information about Cooper Wiring Devices, please contact Tim Rice at Burson -Marsteller, (412) 394 -6611 or, or visit

Company Information
Cooper Wiring Devices is a division of Cooper Industries and provides over 10,000 electrical wiring device products for industrial, commercial and residential applications. For more information, visit

About Cooper Industries
Cooper Industries, Ltd. (NYSE: CBE) is a global manufacturer with 2007 revenues of $5.9 billion, approximately 87% of which are from electrical products. Founded in 1833, Cooper's sustained level of success is attributable to a constant focus on innovation, evolving business practices while maintaining the highest ethical standards, and meeting customer needs. The Company has eight operating divisions with leading market share positions and world -class products and brands including: Bussmann electrical and electronic fuses; Crouse -Hinds and CEAG explosion -proof electrical equipment; Halo and Metalux lighting fixtures; and Kyle and McGraw -Edison power systems products. With this broad range of products, Cooper is uniquely positioned for several long -term growth trends including the global infrastructure build -out, the need to improve the reliability and productivity of the electric grid, the demand for higher energy -efficient products and the need for improved electrical safety. In 2007, sixty percent of total sales were to customers in the industrial and utility end -markets and 34% of total sales were to customers outside the United States. Cooper, which has more than 31,500 employees and manufacturing facilities in 23 countries as of 2007, is incorporated in Bermuda with administrative headquarters in Houston, TX. For more information, visit the website at

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