NOBU USA, a leading provider of home automation products, has teamed up with four digital living hardware and software companies to advance flexibility in digital living. The bundled technology will allow homeowners the ability to choose a variety of theater, lighting, security, and sound-system manufacturers with easy integration of each component into NOBU's centralized controller, similar to "plug and play" computer peripherals. This new flexibility in choosing digital living vendors and components will create many customization possibilities and lower the cost of traditional home automation.
NOBU's technology partners are Smarthome Inc., the world's leading provider of electronic home improvement products and personal gadgets, Global Cache, an award-winning provider of products that enable technology in homes and businesses, HomeSeer Technologies, makers of the number one selling home automation software in the United States, and Cinemar, creators of MainLobby, a tool for designing attractive user interfaces in minutes.
NOBU products and its technology partners will be featured on national television Friday, Nov. 19, on Fox's "Renovate My Family" with host Jay McGraw. The show will give viewers the opportunity to see the benefits of installing a home automation network, and the advantage of choosing NOBU's open-source technology.
"Once dominated by exclusive vendors, digital living products will be more available because of hassle-free integration into a home network," said Royce Cano, NOBU's vice president of technology. "Smarthome, and its large catalog of electronic home improvement products, combined with open-source technology, will allow unlimited expansion of the network and bring home automation to the mainstream public."
"The great thing about this partnership is that we can deliver a tried and true solution to dealers and installers," said Robin Ford, Global Cache's vice president of business development. "One of the biggest challenges for the dealer network is finding solutions that fit together seamlessly without extra work required on their end. This alliance provides just that."
"The 'best of breed' approach gives integrators ultimate flexibility in the field but seamless integration of multiple technologies is usually very difficult to achieve," said Mark Colegrove, sales & marketing director for HomeSeer. "That's why our partnership with NOBU and Global Cache is so exciting. Now, we'll be able to offer a pre-configured/bundled solution that really simplifies things for the installer."
"Fox's 'Renovate My Family' series was a great opportunity to bring these top notch products together," said Mario Cascio, president of Cinemar. "We are honored our software was selected for the series and extremely excited to bring this complete solution to the masses."
NOBU's product line works with IP technology, utilizing open-source components such as the Global Cache GC-100 Network Adapter and software from HomeSeer, to enable each product to communicate with many end components in any environment. The open-source components offer the integrator a diverse pallet of options not available on closed systems. The products can be configured with a few easy steps, or can be tailored with a customized, embedded operating system for integrators that want to develop a system truly personalized to the homeowner's needs.
Launched in February 2001, NOBU is a privately held company comprised of highly qualified people with an intense focus to be the best in open-source home automation. The company is dedicated to the development of digital living products, the applications of open-source home automation, and simple and practical residential framework systems. By providing quality customer service, innovative technology, and competitive pricing - NOBU has positioned itself to be a leader in the home automation industry.
For more information about NOBU, visit www.nobuusa.com.
About Smarthome Inc.
Founded in 1992, Smarthome Inc. is the world's largest home automation and home control supplier and the leader of enhancing lifestyles through electronic home improvement projects. With headquarters in Irvine, Calif., Smarthome products are sold to an international customer base via the Web, catalog, phone and retail outlets as well as to professional dealers and installers through its SmarthomePro division. The Smarthome Design division is responsible for developing the new home networking technology called INSTEON(TM), (www.insteon.net) and developing the distribution and OEM sales channels. Smarthome is dedicated to making life more convenient, safe and fun. The company's online catalog can be found at www.smarthome.com
About Global Cache
Global Cache is dedicated to producing state-of-the-art products that enable technology in homes and businesses. The GC-100 Network Adapter provides the means for PC-based automation and management software to access, control, and deliver services in a networked home and business to diverse and previously unconnected devices and appliances. Global Cache sells through distributors, VARs, and OEMs. For more information about Global Cache, visit www.globalcache.com
With over 8,000 installations nationwide, HomeSeer is the number one selling home automation software in the United States. HomeSeer 1.7 supports hundreds of different devices from numerous manufacturers, which can easily operate in a multi-vendor environment using mixed protocols (like Z-Wave and X-10). HomeSeer software is sold through a network of distributors and dealers. For more information about HomeSeer, visit www.homeseer.com.
One of the most critical parts of any home automation project is the interactive user interface, because it is often the first and only thing the end user may ever come in contact with. Cinemar prides itself on providing tools to enable users to create stunning interfaces with no artist background or programming experience. The software comes complete with a vast graphics library and is based on the principle of drag and drop. For more information about Cinemar, visit www.cinemaronline.com.