SmartLabs, Inc. and Sprint today announced an agreement in which the companies will collaborate to provide wireless energy management solutions.
Irvine, Calif. - March 17, 2011 - SmartLabs, Inc. and Sprint today announced an agreement in which the companies will collaborate to provide wireless energy management solutions. With SmartLabs INSTEON technology and Sprint's network infrastructure, business and home owners will be able to access and control energy consumption from a simple Web portal or a Sprint smartphone. INSTEON -compatible products enable energy management, demand response and scheduled load -shedding with real -time reporting and alerts.
Property owners can schedule electrical devices to be turned on or off, plus they can also opt -in for the utility to turn devices off when the local demand for electricity exceeds the power supply. INSTEON can be used to control:
• Indoor and outdoor lighting
• Security systems
• Heating and cooling (HVAC)
• Door locks
SmartLabs and Sprint have dramatically simplified the concept of energy management and have placed the power of energy knowledge into the owner's hands. The solution can be quickly installed without expensive retrofitting, offering an immediate return on investment to property owners through a reduction in energy consumption.
"We are excited to be working with Sprint," said Robert Holz, managing director -Smart Grid and Vertical Markets, SmartLabs. "Our solutions allow utilities and electricity providers to enable more customers in their geographic foot print with affordable home and business energy management. In addition, residential, multi -family, small - and medium -sized business consumers will increasingly be able to remotely manage their properties' energy consumption, water usage, gas safety and security, with Sprint providing the backbone for the messaging."
"With more than 10 years of experience developing communications products in the machine -to -machine (M2M) market, Sprint is dedicated to cooperative efforts with innovative companies like SmartLabs to bring the energy saving, eco -friendly technologies to life," said Wayne Ward, vice president -Emerging Solutions Group, Sprint. "Mobile embedded solutions and partnerships present an opportunity to improve energy efficiency and provide greater access to quality information. Sprint is pleased to assist SmartLabs in the development of a next -generation wireless solution."
SmartLabs INSTEON products can operate on the Sprint 3G and 4G networks. The Sprint 3G network reaches more than 283 million people in 20,035 cities (inclusive of data roaming). Sprint 3G allows utilities to download large amounts of data reliably at high speed. The Sprint 4G network covers more than 110 million people and is currently available in 71 markets across the country, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco. Sprint has recently unveiled Network Vision, a blueprint to deploy a cost -effective, innovative network plan to further enhance voice quality and data speeds for customers across the United States.
Sprint Emerging Solutions Group is an industry leader in M2M and embedded solutions, delivering a full complement of assets critical to successful M2M and embedded solutions deployments. These include: network agnostic capabilities (including 3G, 4G, CDMA, iDEN, and a reliable Tier 1 IP network); specialized industry solutions engineering teams; an open approach to devices and applications through the company's Open Device Initiative, an expansive M2M partner ecosystem; and the ability to provide customers with customized solutions that can include distribution, branding, billing and customer care services. To learn more, view this special "What if …" M2M video and visit www.sprint.com/m2m.
About SmartLabs®, Inc.
Founded in 1992, SmartLabs, Inc. is an integrated technology company in the home area networking (HAN) and home automation markets. SmartLabs is organized into three divisions: SmartLabs Technology, the pioneering architects of INSTEON wireless HAN technology; SmartLabs Design, which designs and develops Smarthome™ products; and Smarthome Direct, which sells its own, as well as, third -party products to consumers via its award -winning website - Smarthome.com, through their direct mail catalog and via their brick and mortar retail store located in Irvine, CA.
INSTEON is a proven, award -winning home area networking (HAN) technology that is currently in trials with four of the top 10 U.S. utilities, serving over 10 million customers. Its unique dual -band (radio frequency and powerline), mesh, wireless network makes it ultra -reliable. Its innovative simulcast design allows it to be the most cost -effective HAN available. INSTEON enables energy management, demand response, scheduled load -shedding, real -time email reporting and alerts, daylight harvesting and automated control or response. With over 200 INSTEON products selling in the marketplace - all of which are completely backwards and forwards compatible - INSTEON is the proven HAN solution.