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Former Navy SEAL Finds Success as Custom Integrator

TOAD’s Mark Hooper was injured while he was in the military years ago. After a brief time in Hollywood, Hooper runs a successful two-man integration shop that sells 90% of clients service contracts.

Jason Knott · June 16, 2016

Streaming Music Services – They’re Not All the Same

How to assemble and deliver a satisfying portfolio of music services.

Advertorial · 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

Two-Man Team Outfits $300K Mancave House; Sells 90% Service Contracts

Two-person custom integrator TOAD finds the right business mix from $300K projects to subcontracted cable TV installs, while also selling 90% of clients service contracts. Here’s how they do it.

Jason Knott · June 15, 2016

CE Pro 100 Top Dealer Support Brands: Distributors, Design & Proposal Software, Tools and Testers

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

Robert Archer · June 14, 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

Q&A: Inside Barco’s Resi Market Strategy

Commercial video manufacturer Barco breaks into the residential market with its Loki 4K Projector.

CE Pro Editors · June 14, 2016

Elk C1M1 Dual-Path Communicator for Reliable Interactive Security, No Extra Fees

New dual-path communicator enables immediate alarm transmission (no dial capture) from Elk’s M1 security and home automation system, plus interactivity for remote monitoring and control.

Julie Jacobson · June 14, 2016

Study: Wireless Home Security Systems on the Rise

The Parks Associates research report also shows that almost 50% of smart home devices in the U.S. are self-installed.

CE Pro Editors · June 13, 2016