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Where are all the Home Automation Standards at CES 2019?

By Julie Jacobson · January 6, 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.

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

By Julie Jacobson · October 9, 2018 • 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.

Post-CES 2016 Report: Emerging Trends in Home Automation

By Julie Jacobson · January 26, 2016 • Mobile IoT, network security and IoT device discovery, energy harvesting and professional security monitoring emerged as key emerging trends in the smart home at CES 2016. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

CEDIA 2015: BTX May Have First Motorized Shades with Bluetooth Mesh Networking

By Julie Jacobson · October 20, 2015 • BTX reappears in home-tech channel at CEDIA Expo 2015 with affordable motorized shades; demos home automation ecosystem under new Obay brand utilizing Bluetooth mesh networking technology from Seed Labs.

ISE 2015: Proxi, Seed Leads Europe in Bluetooth Home Automation

By Julie Jacobson · February 16, 2015 • Bluetooth Smart (BLE) as a home automation platform hasn’t quite taken off in Europe as in North America, but Proxi (powered by Seed) has a good head start.

Proxi Launches in Europe with Bluetooth-Based Home Automation

By Julie Jacobson · February 9, 2015 • Polish-based F&F Filipowski to showcase new Proxi home automation system at ISE 2015, featuring iBeacon integration and Bluetooth (BLE) control of lights, shades, appliances.

Home Automation Exec Riffs on ZigBee, Z-Wave and Bluetooth Smart (BLE)

By Julie Jacobson · December 10, 2014 • Dave Mayne of Resolution Products has worked with all the security and home automation protocols. Here he shares thoughts on ZigBee 3.0, Z-Wave, the promise of BLE, the paradox of mesh networking and more.

Resolution’s Helix Security/Home Automation Panel is ‘Lightning Fast’

By Jason Knott · July 7, 2014 • Resolution Products taps cloud-based home automation service from SecureNet for new Helix wireless alarm panel; native Bluetooth LE enables direct communication with smart devices.

Staples Connect Hub Slashed to $49; Newer Model Adds Bluetooth, ZigBee

By Julie Jacobson · June 30, 2014 • The original $99 Staples Connect home automation hub by Linksys drops to $49, with a new $79 option from D-Link coming with ZigBee and Bluetooth; Win 8 and Samsung TV apps added to platform.

Wink Home Automation Hub Supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave, ZigBee, Lutron Caseta

By Julie Jacobson · June 26, 2014 • Home Depot to sell new home automation Hub from Quirky’s spinoff business Wink; Hub supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Smart (BLE), Z-Wave Plus, ZigBee and Lutron’s Caseta wireless protocol.

Home Automation Game Changer: Bluetooth Mesh Networking Comes to BLE Smart Dimmers

By Julie Jacobson · May 16, 2014 • Wireless Cables uses CSRmesh technology in new AIRcable SmartDimmers for extending the range and controllability of Bluetooth Smart (BLE) home automation technology. Now that's a game changer.

Can Wi-Fi or Bluetooth Supplant ZigBee or Z-Wave for Home Automation?

By Julie Jacobson · January 16, 2014 • Some experts say Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth, including lower-power variants, could upstage today’s dedicated home-automation protocols such as ZigBee and Z-Wave.

Archos to Launch Android Home Automation with BLE Sensors

By Julie Jacobson · January 3, 2014 • New Archos Smart Home includes Android tablet, cameras, motion and environmental sensors, smart plugs, if/then engine, possibly smart watch accessory, health & wellness tracker … all employing Bluetooth Low Energy.