Intusoft announced today the release of its product suite for programmable control of electronic devices for home and office environments. The system, “Lowpan4u,” is controlled by computer, smart phone, tablet or any device with a web browser.
At the heart of the offering, an Intranet web server functions as a universal web application for direct control and programming of end devices. Devices, manufactured in the USA by Intusoft, are connected using a low-power personal area network hub (Lowpan4uHub).
Lowpan4u.com devices and kits are available from Amazon.com (search Intusoft) and lowpan4u.com/products.php. Kits are on sale, starting at $69.95 for the entry-level kit that includes one "StandardPlug" and a lowpan4u hub. These kits are equipped with a Raspberry® Pi B+ micro-computer that runs an Apache2 Intranet web server, with MySQL and PHP. Other offerings include a smart switch plug-in receptacle, smart dimmer nightlight, and motion detection activation of devices. An even lower cost hub requires a user to provide a Windows computer to host the web server. The software is installed from lowpan4u.com.
Lowpan4uHubs connect to the "cloud" at lowpan4u.com, with a built-in secure user account. The account can download updates, and backup or restore the user's home configuration and programs. More than 100 end devices can be controlled by one hub.
LowPan4u kits are complete—no special apps or compliance with smart electrical devices on the market are required. The full Lighting Kit contains three end-use devices that plug into a wall socket, plus a lowpan network controller: sale price is $210.95. The three end devices are:
1. StandardPlug, smart dimmer, 2-prong AC socket
2. AngelPlug, adds a passive infrared (PIR) smart motion detector
3. LisaLight, add a built-in 40 lumen night-light with smart dimmer
The AC receptacles can control anything that plugs into the wall, requiring less than 2.5 amps. Dimming is provided in eight levels.
"The Watering Machine,™" a 12-zone programmable sprinkler controller, will be available Q2, 2016.
Lawrence Meares, founder and chief engineer, commented, "We are actively designing additional end devices. Included are units that measure food temperature inside an oven or BBQ, motion-intrusion sensor, weather station, gas detector, and home environmental controllers. Moreover, these devices are operated and programmed using a web browser's powerful graphical interface, eliminating the frustration of programming using one or two button controllers."
Tim Ghazaleh, Director of Marketing, commented, "LowPan4u has key advantages over competitive products, such as longer wireless range, high reliability, operative safeguards, low cost, minuscule standby power at roughly 10 cents per year, and are USA made. Our directive for high product ratings stems from product reliability and straightforward programmability." The Intranet site features Free Open Source Software (FOSS) licensed under the General Public License (GPL). This enables customized development of the LowPan4u system by an advanced user.
Intusoft designs, develops and markets remote programmable electronic products for distribution into industrial and consumer markets. The software and hardware designs parlay over 30 years of experience into a sophisticated product suite driven by clear-cut operation. The system controls dedicated end devices and a gamut of electronic appliances that plug into the product's smart receptacles, all remotely controlled and programmed from the Internet. Intusoft headquarters are in San Pedro, California, with satellite operation in Silicon Valley, CA. Visit: http://www.intusoft.com and http://www.lowpan4u.com.