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Your home is the next frontier for gadgeteers across the world and Cortexa's leading the way by releasing a new kit that'll turn your house into Proteus IV in a matter of minutes. The EZ Home Automation Ready Controller can manage lighting, security cameras and thermostats from the comfort of its Flash-based (aww) web-interface or iOS app. It's also retailing an EZ-Wave Starter package with ten dimmers, thermostat, energy monitor, controller and two lamp modules for quick fitting. You'll also be able to save on energy bills, cutting your power down when you're out and about or by setting custom actions for those lightbulb-left-on-moments. Cortexa's building a HTML5 interface as well as support for Hal and Lutron-based systems, which are due to arrive in "a few weeks." The starter kit will set you back $1,800, while remote access costs $50 a year (or $5 a month). After the break we've got PR for everyone who wants to really freak out the kid you paid to come house-sit when you're on vacation.

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Cortexa Automation Releases New Home Automation Ready (HAR™) Controller

Cortexa Automation releases its new Home Automation Ready (HAR™) Controller with support for INSTEON wireless home control systems. Cortexa's INSTEON compatible controller gives homeowners and installers access to the easiest and quick...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan 20, 2012 - Cortexa Automation Releases New Home Automation Ready (HARTM) Controller

New Controller to Support INSTEON® Wireless Home Control Solutions

Austin, TX - Cortexa Automation announces the release of its new Home Automation Ready (HAR) Controller with support for INSTEON wireless home control systems. Cortexa's INSTEON compatible controller gives homeowners and installers access to the easiest and quickest way to set up their INSTEON devices – whether it us a simple lighting control solution or and advanced home automation network.

The Cortexa EZ Home Automation Ready (HAR) Controller offers home and small business owners an easy and convenient way to monitor and control devices within their home or building. The Cortexa can control "smart" systems and devices in the home, including lighting, appliances, HVAC, security, cameras and more. Cortexa's controller can also help reduce energy bills by up to 30%, saving homeowners time and money while increasing quality of life. All of this can be accomplished using a wide variety of INSTEON enabled devices including lighting, HVAC control, door and window sensors, motion detectors, garage door control and more. Cortexa also works with other HAR devices including Z-Wave products, Global Caché, T.E.D., DSC Security, Rain8Net, and Somfy shade controls.

Cortexa Automation Sales and Marketing Director, Jesse Lind states, "We're very proud and excited to be working with INSTEON. This opens up a whole new arena for Cortexa and INSTEON products alike. Not only does this give the DIYer an easy, convenient, and intuitive way to setup and control their INSTEON devices, but it also gives the professional installer a wide range of new offerings for their customers. Our controller really does offer the easiest and fastest setup for INSTEON devices on the market while bringing the luxury of a high-end home automation system at a fraction of the cost."

"We're very happy to expand our product offering with the new Cortexa Home Automation Ready (HAR) Controller," commented Mike Scharnagl, Director of Marketing for Smarthome. "Cortexa's products are highly regarded by both our retailer customers and our dealers and installers."

The Cortexa EZ Home Automation Ready (HAR) Controller and other Cortexa home automation products are available online at www.smarthome.com/cortexa.

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