SmartLabs Adds Gil Amelio to Board


IRVINE, Calif., March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- SmartLabs Inc.(tm), the world's leading authority in home control, today announced the addition of Gil Amelio to the SmartLabs board of directors. As a director, Amelio will assist in further refining the future direction of the company and will leverage his industry connections and expertise in technology to pursue strategic alliances.

Amelio is best known as the former CEO of Apple Computer and National Semiconductor. More recently, Amelio has been a venture capitalist focusing on early-stage startups. He is currently a senior partner at Sienna Ventures and serves as a director of a number of technology companies including AT&T. Amelio is also CEO of Acquicor Technology Inc. (AMEX: AQR.U), a company he created with two other former Apple executives, Steve Wozniak and Ellen Hancock.

"The addition of Gil Amelio, a prominent technology industry veteran, to our board is further confirmation of our leadership in the wireless and wired home control networking market," said Joe Dada, SmartLabs founder and CEO. "Gil brings a wealth of experience and strategic insight, and his perspective and expertise will be invaluable as we continue to experience rapid market acceptance of our INSTEON home control technology."

"The extremely dynamic home networking market is just beginning to address the needs of the mass consumer," said Amelio. "SmartLabs is at the forefront of that effort, and all the critical success factors are in place, from thought leadership to sophisticated technology and product design to cutting-edge marketing and distribution. I look forward to helping the company realize its strategic vision."

SmartLabs, formerly known as Smarthome, announced in January the formation of its new parent company. SmartLabs is divided into three subsidiaries SmartLabs Technology, architects of the INSTEON home control technology; SmartLabs Design, product design and development and Smarthome Direct, the retail and online distribution channel. The re-organization and name change more accurately reflects its role as a visionary think tank for future of home networking.


SmartLabs' INSTEON, the new technology standard in electronic home control networking, uses a simple, low-cost combination of wireless and power line communications to link core home systems such as lighting, security comfort control, consumer electronics, appliances and safety sensors, allowing them to be controlled or monitored from anywhere in the world. INSTEON-enabled products can also bridge to other networks, such as Wi-Fi LANs, the Internet and telephony and entertainment distribution systems, allowing products to serve as the foundation for a very robust integrated home control environment.

About SmartLabs Inc.

Founded in 1992, SmartLabs, Inc. is the world's leading authority on home automation and control. SmartLabs is organized into three divisions: Smarthome Direct, which includes, "the Amazon of home automation" (Newsweek, 2004); SmartLabs Design, creators of best-in-class home control products; and SmartLabs Technology, the pioneering architects of INSTEON. SmartLabs' INSTEON Alliance offers a focused community for developers to incorporate the INSTEON standard into their products. SmartLabs products are sold to an international customer base via the Web, phone and retail outlets, as well as to professional dealers and installers through SmarthomePro. The company's online catalog can be found at; information regarding INSTEON can be found at SmartLabs is headquartered in Irvine, Calif.

SOURCE SmartLabs Inc.