Portus Home Unveiled - Solution Ushers in Integrated Energy Efficiency and Remote Home Monitoring
New offering provides a sophisticated Internet enabled solution for home monitoring and energy management through a system that can be controlled through a cell phone or browser
January 29, 2008 by Rachel Cericola

Portus, a leading developer of integrated solutions for the Connected Home, announced the release of its Z-wave enabled Portus Home™ system today. Portus Home is the world’s most comprehensive, easy to use and affordable solution for monitoring and controlling your home and managing your household energy consumption from any location.

Portus Home gives customers real time feedback on their home energy consumption, whilst simultaneously delivering new levels of convenience through one touch control over their home environment, leaving them more time and money to relax and enjoy their lives.

Portus Home also helps customers stay connected with their homes and loved ones, from wherever they are, by providing a real-time window on their home through either their cell phone or Internet browser. Portus Home provides the same peace of mind when at home as well, enabling parents to keep an eye on a baby in another room, or see who is at the front gate, from the comfort of their arm chair.

Portus Home security sensors and camera motion detection will automatically detect any intrusion and instantly notify the customer via SMS, email or voicemail. Wireless cameras will automatically record video of any unauthorized entry and upload this information to the customer’s personal online storage where it can be inspected when needed.

Portus Home also allows customers to monitor and manage the power consumption of key appliances within their home. It gives those that worry that they aren’t being as efficient as they could be in conserving energy a means to reduce their consumption and electricity bills. Customers can view current usage, consumption history over different periods, and the cost of the energy consumed.

Portus Home also ushers new levels of convenience by providing one touch control over the home environment and lighting. Customers can instantly control lighting in any zone in their home according to their mood and scenes they have predefined. When they exit their home, an instant ALL OFF feature saves the time and hassle of having to switch everything off manually. With Portus Home, you will never again find yourself worrying whether you left the iron on when you are half way to your vacation. Customers can control their home from wherever they are.

“Modern life presents an increasing number of challenges for parents and homeowners as we spend more time balancing our commitments. In addition, concern is mounting in the public over the link between energy consumption and global warming” said Tim Lindquist, Chief Executive Officer at Portus. “The new Portus Home service is an affordable, accessible, easy-to-use solution for monitoring your home and reducing your energy consumption. The service provides total peace of mind, allowing you to keep an eye on loved ones, monitor your home or vacation property, and reduce your energy bills, no matter where you are, through your cell phone or browser.”

Pricing and Availability
Portus Home will available online from April 1st, 2008 through http://www.portushome.com. The Portus Home Advanced Starter Kit, including Portus Home Gateway, Portus Home Wireless Video Camera, Occupancy Sensor, Door Sensor, and Appliance Module will be available for purchase at a price of $249.95. A service fee of $14.95 per month applies. All Portus Home products will come with a 1-Year Warranty and 24 hours/7 days a week technical support, including firmware updates.

About Portus
Portus is a leading provider of solutions for controlling all manner of electronic devices in the home or office. It delivers services that make a tangible difference in consumers’ day-to-day lives, including remote home monitoring, home security, energy management, and home control. The company has the complete delivery platform, operational infrastructure and enablement resources required to make electronic services a reality. Portus was established in Australia and transferred headquarters to Singapore after winning the highest profile Connected Home initiative in the world; the Singapore iDA Connected Homes programme. It is a member of the Australian Technology Showcase and the Z-wave Alliance.

To discover more about the Portus Home solution, visit Portus on the web at www.portushome.com.

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.

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