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Top 2018 Home Tech Mergers & Acquisitions: IoT, Security, Smart Home, A/V, CE

2018 was big for mergers, acquisitions, IPOs, spinoffs, and other transactions in home electronics, including IoT, smart home, lighting, security, audio/video, wellness and the installer channel.

Julie Jacobson · December 31, 2018

8 Hot Smart-Home Trends Beyond Big TVs and Sound Systems

Beyond MicroLED TVs and stunning sound systems, CEDIA Expo 2018 showcased other smart-home trends including robotic patio umbrellas, multipurpose IoT sensors, and smart leak detection systems.

Lisa Montgomery · November 28, 2018

CES 2019 Preview: 9 Smart Home, IoT, Security and Wellness Co’s. You Never Heard of

CES 2019 Smart Home Finds: A new Rachio competitor, an AI-driven camera “police have been asking for,” IAQ and lighting solutions for wellness, and a self-learning home automation systems that hit every buzzword in the IoT playbook.

Andrew Nichols · November 9, 2018

Fibaro Home Automation Acquired for $73M by European Controls Co.

Nice Group acquires Fibaro (Fibar Group S.A.), popular maker of Z-Wave sensors and smart-home hubs, shortly after acquiring Abode, a DIY security and home-automation company with professionally monitored alarm systems.

Julie Jacobson · July 13, 2018

Fibaro Expands IoT Partnerships, Adds Alexa, Google, Siri

Fibaro launches ‘Works with Fibaro’ IoT integration program for its Home Center 2 smart home control system for integrators only. Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple Siri voice control also added.

Jason Knott · January 26, 2018

Slideshare: Julie Jacobson’s Ultimate CES 2018 Preview – 91 Pages of Smart Home

CE Pro’s Julie Jacobson presents the Ultimate Preview of CES 2018 in 91 pages of Powerpoint slides, with products, trends, links and insights on home automation, A/V, IoT, energy, lighting, AI, security, networking and related smart-home categories.

Julie Jacobson · January 4, 2018

Verizon’s LTE SmartHub Goes All-Cellular for Internet and Home Automation, Unike FiOS Quantum

It’s complicated: New SmartHub from Verizon Wireless is an LTE cellular router with Z-Wave home automation capabilities – completely different from the FiOS Quantum gateway powered by Greenwave.

Julie Jacobson · May 25, 2017

Fibaro Has First Flood Sensor Available in Apple HomeKit

Fibaro releases an Apple HomeKit-enabled product line of sensors, including the first-ever flood sensor on HomeKit, as well as a motion sensor and door/window sensor.

Chelsea Cafiero · December 15, 2016

ISC West 2016: The Latest in Smart Doorbell Cameras and How they Integrate with Home Automation

Vivint sets records for video doorbell, Nortek unveils first doorbell cam, August and Ring work with ADT Canopy, Honeywell teams with Skybell, DoorBird integrates with Control4 home automation … and more smart-doorbell news for ISC West 2016.

Julie Jacobson · March 30, 2016

CES 2016: Fibaro Dimmer 2 Adds Control, Dimming to Any Light Switch Via Z-Wave

Announced at CES 2016, the Dimmer 2 controls and calibrates lighting and wirelessly connects to Fibaro smart hubs and third-party devices.

Rachel Cericola · January 8, 2016

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