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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…

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Google, Nest Share Vision for Home-Technology Pros

At CEDIA 2017, Google and Nest product managers Mark Spates and Mike Soucie discuss smart-home products, protocols and…

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

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

October 20, 2017 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.

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

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

October 17, 2017 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.

Google, Nest Share Vision for Home-Technology Pros

Google, Nest Share Vision for Home-Technology Pros

October 17, 2017 At CEDIA 2017, Google and Nest product managers Mark Spates and Mike Soucie discuss smart-home products, protocols and opportunities for home-technology pros.

Mental Health Benefits of Owning a Smart Home

Mental Health Benefits of Owning a Smart Home

Jenny Weinberg · October 16, 2017 Home automation systems satisfy neurological, physiological and psychological instincts in humans, including stress reduction and fulfillment of immediate gratification.

Amazon’s New Custom Smart-Home Service: Who Cares if They’re ‘Sincere’?

Amazon’s New Custom Smart-Home Service: Who Cares if They’re ‘Sincere’?

October 16, 2017 Countering the Amazon-bashing, Julie Jacobson says new CEDIA program may or may not work, but don't dismiss it just because Amazon might change its smart-home strategy in the future.

Amazon Details ‘Custom Home Service’ Featuring CEDIA Smart Home Pros

Amazon Details ‘Custom Home Service’ Featuring CEDIA Smart Home Pros

October 12, 2017 Amazon brings vast consumer awareness to smart home automation, along with a lead referral program and open API.

Z-Wave’s New ‘SmartStart’ Dramatically Simplifies Home Automation Installs

Z-Wave’s New ‘SmartStart’ Dramatically Simplifies Home Automation Installs

October 11, 2017 SmartStart allows dealers and vendors to easily provision Z-Wave home automation devices off-site, so the entire system is ready control when the products are powered up at home. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

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

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

October 10, 2017 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 / CE Pro)

Popularity of Smart Thermostats, Lighting Control on Rise Among Architects

Popularity of Smart Thermostats, Lighting Control on Rise Among Architects

October 09, 2017 American Institute of Architects study shows smart thermostats are the most popular product, while demand for mechanical rooms for racks wilts away.

Matrix Labs Unveils ‘Universal Enabler’ Device

Matrix Labs Unveils ‘Universal Enabler’ Device

October 05, 2017 Matrix Labs’ $99 Creator allows communication among Z-Wave, ZigBee, Thread, IR, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

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Google, Nest Share Vision for Home-Technology Pros

Google, Nest Share Vision for Home-Technology Pros

October 17, 2017 At CEDIA 2017, Google and Nest product managers Mark Spates and Mike Soucie discuss smart-home products, protocols and opportunities for home-technology pros.

Amazon’s New Custom Smart-Home Service: Who Cares if They’re ‘Sincere’?

Amazon’s New Custom Smart-Home Service: Who Cares if They’re ‘Sincere’?

October 16, 2017 Countering the Amazon-bashing, Julie Jacobson says new CEDIA program may or may not work, but don't dismiss it just because Amazon might change its smart-home strategy in the future.

Z-Wave’s New ‘SmartStart’ Dramatically Simplifies Home Automation Installs

Z-Wave’s New ‘SmartStart’ Dramatically Simplifies Home Automation Installs

October 11, 2017 SmartStart allows dealers and vendors to easily provision Z-Wave home automation devices off-site, so the entire system is ready control when the products are powered up at home. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

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

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

October 10, 2017 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 / CE Pro)

Matrix Labs Unveils ‘Universal Enabler’ Device

Matrix Labs Unveils ‘Universal Enabler’ Device

October 05, 2017 Matrix Labs’ $99 Creator allows communication among Z-Wave, ZigBee, Thread, IR, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Ring Protect Shatters Price Barriers for Security Monitoring, Video Storage

Ring Protect Shatters Price Barriers for Security Monitoring, Video Storage

October 02, 2017 Ring Protect DIY security and home automation system debuts with ZigBee, Z-Wave, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, cellular and no-contract professional alarm monitoring with such absurdly low fees you wonder how they make money. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro.)

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

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

October 02, 2017 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 / CE Pro)

Savant Now Offers a Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Enabled Touchscreen Thermostat

Savant Now Offers a Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Enabled Touchscreen Thermostat

September 30, 2017 Smart-home features of Savant's Multi-STAT thermostat include integration with Savant Scenes, connectivity to indoor and outdoor temperature sensors and premium glass touchscreen.

Key Home Automation Takeaways from Amazon Echo Plus & New Alexa Services

Key Home Automation Takeaways from Amazon Echo Plus & New Alexa Services

September 29, 2017 Amazon's new home-automation play includes ZigBee-enabled Echo Plus (not Z-Wave?) and Alexa services such as Routines, enabling macros to be activated by voice control or time and day. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Nest’s New Security and Home Automation System: Implications for Thread, Weave, Insurtech

Nest’s New Security and Home Automation System: Implications for Thread, Weave, Insurtech

September 21, 2017 Nest Secure, a new UL-listed DIY security and home automation system with professional monitoring by MONI, seems humdrum until you consider implications for IoT protocols Thread and Weave, as well as smart-home installers and the insurance industry (insurtech). (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

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Control4 Home of the Year Smart Home Project Showcase

Control4 Home of the Year Smart Home Project Showcase

Take a look at the award-winning projects in this Control4 showcase for proof of its widespread adoption. Honored by Electronic House as 2017 Home of the Year recipients, these 13 inspiring smart home projects demonstrate how a Control4 system can simplify and streamline the operation of a rack of home theater equipment, an outdoor entertainment area, or an entire house. Lights, thermostats, A/V gear, motorized shades, irrigation systems, electric door locks, surveillance cameras, and more can all be easily and conveniently monitored, managed, and controlled through Control4’s impressive range of user interfaces.

Designing an Audio System: From the Home Theater to the Whole House

Designing an Audio System: From the Home Theater to the Whole House

This free webcast which was originally recorded live on April 26th covers the decisions dealers need to make in designing and specifying home audio systems.

Somfy Facilitates Efficient Home Energy Management in Today’s Evolving Electronics Landscape

Somfy Facilitates Efficient Home Energy Management in Today’s Evolving Electronics Landscape

Advertorial · April 05, 2017 Somfy, the leading manufacturer of motors for shading is helping to usher in a modern era of residential utility management that combines the benefits of natural sunlight and traditional lighting, heating and cooling systems.

The Simplicity of Open Technologies Put into Practice

The Simplicity of Open Technologies Put into Practice

Advertorial · October 04, 2016 How to commission an installation with devices from more than 420 manufacturers?

Impact of Smart Home Technology on Realtors, Builders & Developers

Impact of Smart Home Technology on Realtors, Builders & Developers

August 15, 2016 Originally recorded LIVE on 08/31/16: Learn how dealers and installers can leverage their expertise to earn more business.

Nerd Alert: New Crestron IP Control for Apple TV Gen 4, and the Magic of SIMPL#

Nerd Alert: New Crestron IP Control for Apple TV Gen 4, and the Magic of SIMPL#

Oliver Hall, Ultamation · March 16, 2016 UK-based Ultamation is releasing an Apple TV driver (through Gen 4) for Crestron home automation systems. Managing Director explains the magic of SIMPL# programming language.

New! Ultimate (Searchable) Guide to Home Automation at CES 2016, 100+ Pages

New! Ultimate (Searchable) Guide to Home Automation at CES 2016, 100+ Pages

February 01, 2016 100+ pages of home automation, IoT, security and the smart home right here, with full text of the presentation. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

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Control4 offers the ultimate home automation solution by making the products and systems you already have and use everyday, work together. By integrating everything from lighting control, music, home theater, climate control,...
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