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Houzz Study: 33% of House Buyers Plan ‘Home Automation’ Upgrades

Massive study by home remodeling website Houzz reveals home automation is third most planned system upgrade, but still less than 1% of homeowners plan to hire a ‘media’ contractor; however, 4% are seeking ‘window treatment’ professionals.

Jason Knott · June 22, 2016

How to Make MDU Developers Love Lighting Control

Creating packages for MDU builders is among the keys to success in this market. Integrators must rethink their approach and manage MDU projects as commercial jobs.

Lisa Montgomery · June 21, 2016

The Magic of QMotion’s Power-Efficient Shades; Control4 ZigBee Coming Soon

QMotion window treatments offer long battery life and sleek aesthetics because of a patented counterbalancing system that doesn’t strain the motor.

Julie Jacobson · June 20, 2016

Who Will be the Next Icontrol?

If Icontrol is acquired by Comcast and Alarm.com, we’ll see a gaping hole in SHaaS (smart home as a service) providers for integrated home automation and professionally monitored security. Here are some likely contenders as the ‘next Icontrol’.

Julie Jacobson · June 17, 2016

Calgary Homeowner Adds Elan Automation After Devastating Flood

This homeowner assessed his home’s extreme water damage and chose to rebuild, turning a bout of bad luck into a brand new automation system controlled by Elan.

Lisa Montgomery · June 17, 2016

In-Depth: If Comcast and Alarm.com Acquire Icontrol as Rumored

Leading SHaaS (smart home as a service) provider Icontrol is reportedly being sold to Comcast/Xfinity and erstwhile rival Alarm.com. What does this mean for the security and home automation market?

Julie Jacobson · June 16, 2016

Lennar Community Goes Standard with Z-Wave-based Controls

Homebuilder Lennar offers as standard amenities equipment from Schlage, Ring, UTC, Nortek and Leviton, plus solar panels in new 144-home community in Orlando.

Jason Knott · June 15, 2016

Target’s New Minn. ‘Connected Living’ Space Features Smart Devices, Not Home Automation

IP cameras, smart thermostats, IoT basketballs line shelves of Target’s Connected Living Experience in Minneapolis area, but ‘experience’ is a misnomer and home automation is mostly absent.

Julie Jacobson · June 14, 2016

Apple Announces Dedicated Home App for iOS 10

With Apple’s new Home app for iOS 10, all smart home devices supporting HomeKit will be one swipe away. The app also includes new categories of gadgets such as surveillance cameras.

Chelsea Cafiero · June 14, 2016

CE Pro Top 100 Control & Automation Brands: Lighting, Shading, Remote Controls, HVAC and More

Survey of CE Pro 100 top home technology integrators reveals the most-specified brands in these home control and automation categories as part of our annual Brand Analysis.

Robert Archer · June 09, 2016