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Control4’s New $350 Home Automation Hub: Affordable, Powerful IoT, No A/V

At ISE 2018, Control4 introduces most affordable smart-home controller yet: CA-1 with Wi-Fi, ZigBee, optional Z-Wave targets production-home builders.

Julie Jacobson · February 05, 2018

Now Toshiba Has Home Automation Hub: New Symbio with ZigBee, Z-Wave, Camera, Alexa

Toshiba has its turn with a home-automation hub, debuting at CES 2018, that does more than the next guy’s — ZigBee, Z-Wave, Wi-Fi, intercom, camera, Alexa voice control, sensors ….

Julie Jacobson · January 07, 2018

Pros & Cons of Curated Smart-Home Ecosystems vs. Open IoT Platforms

Open smart-home ecosystems with extreme integration capabilities might look good on paper, but curated IoT solutions can improve user experience.

Julie Jacobson · December 08, 2017

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 07, 2017

CES 2018: 10 New Smart Home & IoT Devices + Their Prospects for Success

CES 2018 Innovation Awards include usual smart-home winners like Nest, Ring and Arlo, but also interesting newbies boasting AI, security, home automation, lighting control and more. Will they make it?

Julie Jacobson · November 24, 2017

Great News for Pros: Home Automation is More Confusing than Ever

Home automation, networking and security have never been more confusing, thanks to an onslaught of DIY products like Ring Protect, Nest Secure, Amazon Echo Plus and Google Home. That’s great news for smart-home pros.

Julie Jacobson · October 20, 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

3 Big Trends in Security & Home Automation

The security and home-automation industries grapple with new technologies and business models today and in the near future — insurtech, closed vs. open ecosystems, and cloud vs. local integration, to name a few.

Julie Jacobson · October 16, 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 05, 2017

Best of DIY and Pro: UL-Listed Security Hub with SmartThings Inside, Monitored by ADT, Built on 2GIG

Best Buy to sell new 2GIG-based security panel with Samsung SmartThings home-automation hub inside, including ZigBee, Z-Wave, Wi-Fi, security-sensor, and cellular radios. Presumably UL-listed for fire and life safety, with no-contract monitoring by ADT.

Julie Jacobson · October 02, 2017