Will.i.am and Wink’s First Z-Wave Devices: A Shift in Smart-Home Strategy?

By Julie Jacobson · August 6, 2017 • FCC filings reveal Wink Labs, the home-automation developer recently acquired by will.i.am (i.am+), is making its own Z-Wave security peripherals for the first time -- after years of handing that business to third-party IoT device makers. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Swidget Modular Outlet Turns Any Home Into a Smart Home Using Existing Wiring

By Chelsea Cafiero · July 27, 2017 • A Kickstarter campaign for the modular electrical outlet called Swidget has reached 93% of its goal in two days.

Sigma Designs, Owner of Z-Wave Home Automation Tech, Ponders Sale or Spinoffs

By Julie Jacobson · July 26, 2017 • Sigma Designs (SIGM) shares were up 5% pre-market on news that it's considering "strategic alternatives" that might include divesting its Z-Wave home-automation group, selling the company or otherwise restructuring.

NuBryte Goes ‘Pro’; Drops DIY Channel

By Jason Knott · May 15, 2017 • Smart home control maker NuBryte changes direction to target CE pros, drops ecommerce and retail, and ups Touchpoint MSRP by 46% to add margin.

Yale’s Assure Lock SL Electronic Deadbolt Works with Smart-Home Systems

By Robert Archer · April 24, 2017 • Yale Assure Lock SL integrates into security systems from companies like Alarm.com, ADT, Honeywell and Qolsys, as well as smart-home systems like Samsung's SmartThings and Wink.

Surprising New Trend in Security and Home Automation: Adding Multiroom Audio

By Julie Jacobson · April 12, 2017 • Alarm.com, Honeywell and start-up Huny show whole-house audio integrated with security and home automation – a first for the alarm industry with potential to lure in traditional A/V dealers.

Z-Wave Smart-Home Devices Just Got a Security Mandate

By Chelsea Cafiero · April 6, 2017 • The Z-Wave Alliance will now require mandatory implementation of the new Security 2 (S2) framework.

August Launches Z-Wave Smart Lock for Home-Automation and Security Pros at ISC

By Julie Jacobson · April 4, 2017 • Touting home-automation integration, August Home is launching a Z-Wave door lock at ISC West, specifically for the professional installation channel. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Monitor, Control Z-Wave Products via Pro Control with Pro.zwi Z-Wave Interface

By Robert Archer · March 23, 2017 • The Pro.zwi Z-Wave interface enables cost-effective monitoring and control of Z-Wave-enabled systems and devices via a Pro Control Z Series system.

Z-Wave Products Announces Network Testing and Troubleshooting Tool

By Robert Archer · February 27, 2017 • Z-Wave Toolbox is the first solution available to dealers to help them to quickly and efficiently install Z-Wave products.

Leedarson’s Arrival Sensor: The Most Interesting Little Z-Wave Device at ISE 2017

By Julie Jacobson · February 9, 2017 • New "Arrival Sensor" from Leedarson lets a home automation system know if you're coming or going -- like an iBeacon but with Z-Wave. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Making Dumb Things Smart: 8 Very Interesting Non-Invasive Problem Solvers at CES 2017

By Julie Jacobson · January 5, 2017 • CES 2017: Devices that automate your dumb shades, tiny robots that press buttons, motors that turn knobs … and other non-invasive solutions for making dumb things smart. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Most Important Home-Technology Products and Smart-Home Happenings of 2016

By Julie Jacobson · January 1, 2017 • From the possible Alarm.com acquisition of Icontrol to the proliferation of voice control for home automation, these are the most important products and smart-home happenings that shaped the custom-installation and smart-home industries in 2016. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Pakedge Drives Control4 to Record Revenues for Q3 2016

By Julie Jacobson · November 16, 2016 • The combo of home automation and Pakedge networking helped Control4 (CTRL) generate record revenues in Q3 2016; Amazon Alexa and Z-Wave could be key drivers going forward. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Two-Way Security Sensors Offer Convenience & Security

By CE Pro Editors · October 18, 2016 • Two-way keyfobs from Elk Products and Z-Wave receive feedback from the alarm system, ensuring a message to arm or disarm has been received.

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