Home Automation at CES 2012: Where to Find It
Complete guide to home automation vendors, demos and products at CES 2012, including energy management, lighting control, remote monitoring, whole-house control and more.
The International Consumer Electronics Show once was a hotbed for home automation, packed with top brands and start-ups alike. These days, though, it’s harder to find automated lights, smart thermostats, and whole-house solutions.
If you’re in the market for such technologies, though, here’s where you can find them on the CES 2012 show floor and elsewhere.
NextGen Home with Savant, Leviton, Kwikset (LVCC 26100)
For years, the NextGen Home stood in the parking lot of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), promoting such automation systems as Life-Ware (where?) as well as more established brands.
This year the home is parked in the South Hall of the convention center and features an “Energy Miser” theme. Look for such energy-saving solutions as Decra roofing, Icynene insulation, Mitten vinyl siding and Seisco tankless water heaters.
And while you’re enjoying Intertape painters tape and duct tape, check out the energy and entertainment systems from Savant Systems, which provides the whole-house control for the place (read press release).
Savant is showcasing a full suite of products for monitoring energy, controlling the home and distributing audio/video throughout the space.
Also in the NextGen are lighting, infrastructure and electrical products from Leviton; automated door locks from Baldwin/Kwikset; and LED lighting from Philips Lighting Co.
Control4 (Renaissance Hotel, Summit Room)
For several years, Control4 demonstrated its own home automation systems, along with integrated products from its partners, in a big booth at the front of the South Hall. It was a great opportunity especially for smaller partners who would otherwise be lost on the CES showfloor, if they could even afford a booth.
This year, though, Control4 is moving off the main floor and into a hospitality suite at the Renaissance hotel, right next to the LVCC. It is, after all, an established brand now and people will go looking for them.
UPDATE: CE Pro was just briefed on a few new Control4 products, one of which will be particularly exciting to CE pros.
Lutron, Allure, Reliant (LVCC 26103)
Lutron is also dropping its own dedicated booth this year, opting instead to share space with NRG Energy (aka Reliant Energy), a Texas utility. NRG is showcasing “smart energy technology” and promoting its solar solutions and electrical vehicle chargers.
Last year, we found Control4 at the NRG booth. This year, we’ll be seeing cloud-enabled smart thermostats from Allure Energy – you know, the proximity-detecting stats that know when you’ll be home?
Reliant calls its own smart thermostat the e-Sense Home Energy Monitor.
Last year, Emmitt Smith graced Reliant with his presence. Who will it be this year?
Somfy (LVCC 21159)
Besides Savant, Somfy will be one of the few companies to showcase a complete integrated whole-house system on the CES showfloor (CEPro@CES).
CE Pro has been following Somfy’s impressive, low-cost Tahoma home control system (lights, thermostats, motorized shades) for a couple of years and we certainly won’t miss the demo in 2012.
We’re especially eager to check out Somfy’s new solar-powered motorized shades.
UPDATE: At CES, Somfy will debut several ZigBee-compatible solutions for its motorized shades and automation system, allowing users and partners to choose between that protocol, Z-Wave and Somfy’s own wireless technology.
Zonoff (Hilton 2991)
The company that developed the home-control platform for Somfy is BuLogics. As an OEM provider of commercial wireless solutions and Z-Wave development, BuLogics won’t be exhibiting at CES; however, a new spinoff company called Zonoff will be there.
BuLogics spun off its consumer product portfolio (and Somfy TaHoma) to Zonoff in April of this year. Zonoff will be at the Hilton launching its Intuitive Home Solution, which according to the press release…
includes software, tools, reference designs and Cloud-based services that help make consumers’ homes smarter, more efficient, safer and ultimately – more intuitive.
“Zonoff is the first company to deliver enabling technology that is truly standards agnostic, which enables a wide variety of radio frequency (RF) standards such as Z-Wave, ZigBee, WiFi, and others to seamlessly work together,” explained Mike Harris, Zonoff CEO.
Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at [email protected]
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