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SmartLabs' INSTEON Countdown Timer is Finalist for the AeA Harvey Mudd College Green Engineering Award AeA Council Selects INSTEON Countdown Timer for Making a Significant Contribution in the Area of "Green" Engineering Irvine, California - May 14th, 2008 -- SmartLabs, Inc., the world's leading authority in home control and automation, was selected as a finalist for the American Electronics Association (AeA) Harvey Mudd College Green Engineering Award for its INSTEON´┐Ż Countdown Timer. The AeA Orange County/Inland Empire Council made the announcement at its 15th Annual AeA High-Tech Innovation Award Ceremony on Tuesday, April 29, 2008. SmartLabs' INSTEON home control networking technology uses a simple, low-cost combination of wireless and power line communications to link core home systems such as lighting, security, comfort control, electronics, appliances and safety sensors for remote energy management and control. The INSTEON Countdown Timer makes it easier for consumers to control their lights and appliances and manage the amount of time they are left on. With the simple press of a button on a Countdown Timer, a single light or multiple lights can illuminate the way out of the house (hallway, garage, driveway, etc.) and automatically turn them off after a predetermined amount of time. By physically and remotely keeping INSTEON-communicating lights from being left on, a single INSTEON Countdown Timer has an energy-saving effect several times that of a non-communicating timer. "With nearly 16 years of consumer feedback about how people want home control to work in their homes, for security and energy management as examples, SmartLabs created INSTEON for the homeowner," said Joe Dada, founder and CEO, SmartLabs. "We are honored that the AeA and Harvey Mudd College have recognized SmartLabs' vision of making energy efficient home control available to everyone." SmartLabs has committed to providing consumers with INSTEON technology that is affordable, simple for the homeowner to install and reliable. Additionally, INSTEON home automation devices are energy efficient, convenient and fun to use. Ultimately, INSTEON makes home control readily available for adoption by everyone. About INSTEON SmartLabs' INSTEON home control networking technology uses a simple, low-cost combination of wireless and power line communications. With over 170 INSTEON-compatible products, it is easy to link together home systems such as, it is easy to link together home systems such as lighting, security, HVAC (comfort control), A/V, appliances and sensors, allowing them to be controlled or monitored from anywhere in the world. About SmartLabs, Inc. Founded in 1992, SmartLabs, Inc. is the world's leading authority on home automation. SmartLabs is organized into three divisions: SmartLabs Technology, the pioneering architects of INSTEON wireless home control technology; SmartLabs Design, creators of best in class home control products and Smarthome Direct, which includes Smarthome.com, "the Amazon of home automation" (Newsweek, 2004). SmartLabs is headquartered in Irvine, California. For more information: INSTEON.net smartlabsinc.com smarthome.com Contact Meredith Pleasant at pr@smartlabsinc.com for Press Release inquiries.