X10 is a long established standard for home automation - remote control of home devices and appliances. X10 is primarily a low bandwidth powerline communications technology, although the standard also incorporates a wireless data transfer section.
The X10 standard was developed in 1974 at Scottish electronics company Pico Electronics, Ltd. (now a part of X10 Ltd.), with the first X10 products launched in 1978.
While the X10 home automation technology is primitive it remains popular, with millions of devices installed in homes worldwide.
7 May 2001
The Alliance Records Results From the Most Extensive Powerline Home Networking Field Trials Ever Conducted
SAN RAMON, Calif., May 7, 2001 - The HomePlug® Powerline Alliance, an industry consortium established to provide a forum for the development of an open specification of home powerline networking products and services, today announced that it has completed a large-scale field trial designed to validate that its powerline home networking technology has achieved market readiness.
5 Oct 1999
Pioneer of X10 standard claims wireless home control, entertainment and security solutions last a lifetime
Seattle - October 5, 1999 - X10.com is declaring its Wired Home products future proof based on a long history of developing wireless products that send commands remotely to almost anything electrical without incurring the costs typically associated with the installation of a PC-based home network.
31 Oct 1996
Seattle - October 1996 - X10 (USA) Inc., the first manufacturer to develop a way to use the existing AC wiring in your home to automatically control your lights and appliances, now has a way for Ward and Beaver to avoid June's wrath for leaving on a light, coffee pot or TV.