by Dan CreggTHURSDAY, January 16th, 2013
At California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Building 162, Room 1002
Home Automation is becoming more prevalent in the market today. We’ve all seen the AT&T digital life commercial where a parent shuts down his house due to negligent children. Convenience, security, and piece of mind are often reasons to establish such a system. However, many of the technologies available today suffer from common issues. Reliability, security, cost, and ease of setup need to be considered setting up a system of your own.
Technologies today typically use a single band of communication. Systems that utilize Z-wave, Zigbee, or WIFI use RF signals to propagate control signals throughout your home and can be a good way to broadcast signals to your devices. However, these technologies often require a central controller to route signals to any connected device, introducing a single point of failure. In addition, set up of these devices can sometimes include complex programming. Centralized controllers also may introduce problems with limited RF range due to home construction and placement of devices. Other technologies such as X10 use powerline communication to distribute signals to all connected devices. However, noise that is introduced onto the powerline can interfere with signals. Noise generators such as fans, refrigerators, and switched mode powersupplies are very common throughout residential homes and can decrease reliability significantly.
INSTEON uses a unique, dual-band mesh network approach to provide reliability not attainable by single band technologies. Using both powerline in the home and radio-frequency communication, INSTEON adds reliability as well as ease of setup. INSTEON is also easily expanded to easily add devices to your existing setup. Since INSTEON devices do not require the use of a centralized controller, each device may communicate directly with one another and repeat signals to other more distant devices. Each device added only strengthens the network. Devices that once could not be reached by powerline or RF alone can now be easily reached.
Please join us for this technical talk that explains INSTEON technology and it’s unique brand of communication that combines two common home automation methods, RF and powerline, to create a robust network of interconnected devices.
Dan Cregg, Chief Technology Officer
Dan began his tenure at SmartLabs as Director of Engineering and Product Development in 1999, when SmartLabs acquired SmartLinc, a company Dan co-founded in 1997. Dan also founded HomeRun Automation, which was purchased by SmartLinc in 1997. Dan has held engineering positions at McDonnell-Douglas, SVG Thermco, and Universal Electronics.
Meeting will be held at:
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
3801 West Temple Avenue, Pomona, CA 91768
Building 162, Room 1002
Refreshments at 6:00 PM, Talk at 7:00 PM
For Further information, and RSVP contact Young Professionals Chair Christopher Perez email@example.com
or (909) 979-1458
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New Business Building
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