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SmartLabs teams with Sprint on home automation

The firm’s INSTEON technology allows property owners to regulate energy use via smartphone.

BY VICTOR JACOBSPublished: March 18, 2011 09:18 AM

Irvine-based SmartLabs – a home networking and automation company – has partnered with Sprint to offer wireless energy management using its INSTEON technology.

Integrated into Sprint’s network infrastructure, INSTEON allows home and business owners to control energy consumption and the use of lights, appliances, door locks, and security, heating and cooling systems from their Sprint smartphones or Web portals.

“We are excited to be working with Sprint," said Robert Holz, SmartLabs’ managing director of Smart Grid and Vertical Markets. "Our solutions allow utilities and electricity providers to enable more customers in their geographic footprint with affordable home and business energy management. In addition, residential, multi-family, and 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."

INSTEON products are compatible with Sprint’s 3G and 4G networks, which covers 283 million people in 20,035 cities around the globe, making the energy management solution available internationally.

"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 of Sprint’s Emerging Solutions Group. "Sprint is pleased to assist SmartLabs in the development of a next-generation wireless solution."

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