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The First Ever Smart Grid Enabled INSTEON® Automation and Energy Management Product

IRVINE, Calif., August 15, 2012 - Smarthome® announces the release of Universal Devices, Inc. ISY994i ZS Series which combines Smart Grid capabilities with the robust functionality of INSTEON products and the reliability of the ISY line of products in an affordable package. ISY994i ZS Series is the first ever INSTEON Automation and Energy Management solution with integrated Smart Grid (SEP 1.1) functionality, offering unparalleled energy management capabilities based on information from the utility meter such as price, energy usage/consumption, and demand response events*.

"ISY994i ZS takes energy conservation to the next level", commented Michel Kohanim, CEO of Universal Devices. "ISY994i ZS enables proactive management of all facets of energy consumption and production, utilizing firsthand information directly from the utility meter to automatically command and control INSTEON devices based on personalized settings; thus promoting energy conservation and ultimately reducing costs. As security and privacy of your information is of our utmost concern, none of the interactions between ISY, INSTEON devices, and the environment are sent back to the utility unless explicitly opted into a program offered by the Utility".

ISY994i ZS Series robust event driven framework meshes reliable INSTEON technology with Smart Grid capabilities, schedules, and other user defined conditions to provide an autonomous (no server is required), automated, and energy conservation aware command and control. With ISY994i ZS series you can expect the same unparalleled functionality and robustness of all ISY platforms including INSTEON device configuration and management as well as remote access.

"We are very excited to be offering the new ISY994i ZS Series," commented Mike Scharnagl, Director of Marketing at Smarthome." The ability to actively manage energy usage is not only appealing to retail customers, but to utility companies as well."

ISY products are available online at www.smarthome.com/isy

*Please note that you must have a Smart Grid enabled meter and your utility provider's permission to join its network.


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About Smarthome
Smarthome was created based on the realization of a need for automated products that make lives easier, safer and more enjoyable. Today, Smarthome sells more than 14,000 hard-to-find products, including home automation solutions featuring award-winning INSTEON technology. Smarthome sells online through its award-winning website, its direct mail catalog, its partners - such as Amazon, New Egg and Sears, and its brick and mortar retail store located in Irvine, CA. Smarthome can also be found online at Smarthome.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/smarthome and on Twitter at Twitter.com/smarthomeinc.

About Universal Devices, Inc.
Universal Devices, Inc. is the leading manufacturer of affordable, autonomous, Internet accessible, automation and energy management products and solutions.

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Smarthome
Scott Holder, 949-252-6962
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