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Where are all the Home Automation Standards at CES 2019?

The IoT and home-automation standards have been pretty quiet around CES 2019, but Z-Wave, ZigBee, OCF (Iotivity), Thread, DECT ULE and others will be there — some more conspicuous than others.

Julie Jacobson · January 6, 2019

ZigBee, Thread Complete Dotdot 1.0 Home Automation Spec for CES 2019

In time for CES 2019, ZigBee Alliance and Thread Group complete Dotdot 1.0 home-automation spec to deliver ZigBee IoT standard over IP.

CE Pro Editors · January 3, 2019

A Google Home First: Local Integration with GE Smart Bulbs via BLE – No Network Needed*

If you guessed Google’s first stab at local home-automation might involve ZigBee, Z-Wave or Thread + Weave … you would be wrong. Google announces local integration via BLE with GE smart bulbs, along with a new protocol for pairing and control.

Julie Jacobson · October 9, 2018

Apple Joins Mesh Networking Group Thread as HomeKit Rumors Swirl

The rumor mill is reaching peak production this week, as Apple bolsters its mesh networking by joining Thread Group.

Andrew Nichols · August 10, 2018

Nest’s New Video Doorbell and Smart Lock are Shipping; This Pro ‘Can’t Wait’

Hooked on Nest thermostats, smoke and CO alarms and indoor/outdoor surveillance cameras, this Nest Elite Pro dealer — and his Nest-obsessed customers — can’t wait to integrate the new Nest Hello video doorbell and Next x Yale smart lock, starting today. The products are now available.

Julie Jacobson · May 1, 2018

Parasitic Smart Locks: August and Nest/Yale Sponge Power off Doorbells

August and Nest/Yale employ low-energy home-automation protocols (Bluetooth LE and Thread/Weave) for their door locks, connecting to the home network via Wi-Fi-enabled video doorbells powered over wire.

Julie Jacobson · March 21, 2018

10 Reasons Why Silicon Labs’ Acquisition of Sigma is Awesome for Z-Wave

IoT chip-maker Silicon Labs (SLAB) to acquire Z-Wave technology owner Sigma Designs (SIGM), giving a big boost to the home-automation standard.

Julie Jacobson · December 7, 2017

Amazon’s Decision on ZigBee vs. Z-Wave Makes No Sense

Julie Jacobson and Avi Rosenthal wonder why Amazon chose ZigBee for Echo Plus home-automation hub, when Z-Wave is more interoperable, secure, supportable, and ubiquitous.

Julie Jacobson · October 17, 2017

Google Home Max, Nest Home Automation, Machine Learning: Can Anyone Beat Google?

The theme of Google’s big press event last week was: Stuff just happens. No downloads. No “skills.” New Google Home Max, potential Sonos buster, listens and learns for “smarter sound,” and Nest home automation magically joins the ecosystem.

Julie Jacobson · October 10, 2017

Matrix Labs Unveils ‘Universal Enabler’ Device

Matrix Labs’ $99 Creator allows communication among Z-Wave, ZigBee, Thread, IR, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Jason Knott · October 5, 2017

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