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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,…

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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.

CEDIA Dealers Shouldn’t Trust Amazon as Smart-Home Partner, Says Industry Veteran

CEDIA Dealers Shouldn’t Trust Amazon as Smart-Home Partner, Says Industry Veteran

October 13, 2017 Smart-home pros would be 'foolhardy' to trust Amazon's intentions in launching 'Custom Home Services' for CEDIA-certified installers.

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.

Veteran Integrator Gives Aprilaire Kudos for Innovation

Veteran Integrator Gives Aprilaire Kudos for Innovation

Advertorial · October 11, 2017 ETC’s Michael Cogbill uses the Aprilaire 8800 Series for its connectivity options, integration friendliness, and solid HVAC backbone.

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)

Latest Trends in Security and Home Automation

Latest Trends in Security and Home Automation

This one-hour Security Sales & Integration (CEPro's sister site) webcast will help security dealers and home technologists better understand the current state of the smart home.

Leviton Opens Innovation Center in New Orleans Warehouse District

Leviton Opens Innovation Center in New Orleans Warehouse District

October 10, 2017 Leviton has had a presence in NOLA since acquiring Home Automation, Inc. in 2012.

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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.

Sonos One with Alexa and Google Assistant, Plus ‘More Open’ API

Sonos One with Alexa and Google Assistant, Plus ‘More Open’ API

October 04, 2017 New Sonos One speaker becomes home-automation hub with six-mic array and Alexa voice control; Google Assistant comes in 2018. Plus, a more “open” API?

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)

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Latest Trends in Security and Home Automation

Latest Trends in Security and Home Automation

This one-hour Security Sales & Integration (CEPro's sister site) webcast will help security dealers and home technologists better understand the current state of the smart home.

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.

Get Your Customer’s House In Sync! Integrating Third-Party Devices with Home Automation Systems

Get Your Customer’s House In Sync! Integrating Third-Party Devices with Home Automation Systems

Informational webinar originally recorded live on August 9th looks at some best practices for creating a solid Home Automation, Entertainment, and Control platform for your customers.

Popular Technologies for Outdoor Living

Popular Technologies for Outdoor Living

The first-ever CE Pro Outdoor Technology Study presents the most popular technologies for outdoor living and the frequently used brands.

Asking the Right Questions for the Perfect Lighting Installation

Asking the Right Questions for the Perfect Lighting Installation

Advertorial · May 24, 2017 Or in short: How to become a lighting expert within 1 hour.

CE Pro Brand Analysis 2017

CE Pro Brand Analysis 2017

May 20, 2017 CE Pro's annual Brand Analysis study shows which custom electronics brands the industry's highest-revenue integrators prefer.

Adding ‘Smart Fixtures’ to Your Lighting Control Business Mix

Adding ‘Smart Fixtures’ to Your Lighting Control Business Mix

Advertorial · May 01, 2017 Boston-area integrator System 7 and 5-Star Lutron Showroom lighting fixture retailer Wolfers combine forces due to solve the massive incompatibility problems between lighting fixtures, bulbs and controls.

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.

Learn How to Integrate Your Own Smart Home in 3 Simple Steps

Learn How to Integrate Your Own Smart Home in 3 Simple Steps

Advertorial · March 20, 2017 Interactive webinars explain the simplicity of smart home integration.

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For 60 Years, BEAM has been a leading manufacturer of central vacuum systems.  Best-in-class products now available in over 50 countries! BEAM buyers do so with confidence. When you simply want the best in your home,...
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