Home Automation

ABB Brings Mid-Market Solution to US Integration Channel

By CE Pro Editors · May 2, 2019 • Well-suited for single family homes and MDUs, ABB’s smart home solution integrates with brands such as Philips Hue, Sonos, Amazon Alexa, Miele and Home Connect.

Dish Gets Native Google Assistant for Voice Control, Home Automation

By Julie Jacobson · January 8, 2019 • Dish already works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for voice control, but now adds native Google for seamless A/V control and home automation via the TV remote. Demo'ing at CES 2019 at the Google booth.

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.

JJ Opines: Make our Industry the Smartest Again

By Julie Jacobson · December 5, 2018 • CE Pro's Julie Jacobson: The custom home-technology sector invented "home automation" more than 30 years ago, but we haven't kept up with the technologies and business practices that define smart-home deployment today.

Control4 Reports Record Revenues, but Stock Plunges ... Why?

By Jason Knott · November 6, 2018 • Smart-home maker Control4 reaps a record $71.6M in revenues for Q3 2018, beats on earnings, reports strong home builder adoption ... but CTRL shares tumble on lowered Q4 guidance.

Study: Unresolved Technical Problems with Smart Home Devices Rise 240% in 3 Years

By Jason Knott · October 18, 2018 • Parks Associates study reveals 79% of consumers have self-installed a smart home device, and most do not turn to integrators for assistance when there is a technical problem.

Crestron Pyng OS2 Takes Center Stage at Resi Summit

By Jason Knott · October 15, 2018 • Crestron Residential Summit unveils several new products, including Pyng OS2 smart home automation control, outlets, DIN rail thermostat, high-power dimmer, and line of cabinets.

Alula Adds Video to Smart Home Automation, Security Platform

By Jason Knott · September 26, 2018 • Alula security cameras include doorbell, PTZ and bullet options, with both local and cloud storage and RMR potential for integrators.

Control4 C4Yourself Day Redux Coming October 18

By Jason Knott · September 21, 2018 • Control4 Certified Showrooms worldwide will hold a second C4Yourself Day on October 18 designed to showcase latest smart home innovations.

Séura Smart Mirror Reflects Growing Bathroom Renovation Opportunity

By CE Pro Editors · September 6, 2018 • Séura Smart Mirror is redesigned at CEDIA Expo 2018 with more than one million available widgets or apps.

New Samsung SmartThings Wifi Melds Home Automation Hub with Plume Mesh Wi-Fi

By Julie Jacobson · August 13, 2018 • ‘Next iteration’ of Samsung Connect Home is full-fledged SmartThings hub with ZigBee and Z-Wave, plus mesh Wi-Fi from Plume, featuring ‘AI-based network optimization.’ New $15 ZigBee home-automation 'Button' launched.

Fibaro Home Automation Acquired for $73M by European Controls Co.

By Julie Jacobson · July 13, 2018 • Nice Group acquires Fibaro (Fibar Group S.A.), popular maker of Z-Wave sensors and smart-home hubs, shortly after acquiring Abode, a DIY security and home-automation company with professionally monitored alarm systems.

Savant Launches Cloud Platforms for Home-Automation Config, Management, Service

By Julie Jacobson · June 29, 2018 • New Savant Central Management and Savant Studio let dealers ditch the computer for programming and manage all their home-automation projects and clients in one cloud-based portal.

Lutron Melds with Z-Wave in Pinball Wizard’s Playful Smart Home

By Julie Jacobson · June 28, 2018 • Buchan Consulting integrated an old hardwired Lutron HomeWorks system with new Z-Wave lighting and controllers to create one seamless Elan home-automation system for the guy who designed the iconic 'Attack from Mars' pinball machine.

10 Best IoT Insights and Smart-Home Quotes from Connections 2018

By Julie Jacobson · June 1, 2018 • On Shrek, Costco, sous vide, insurance, DIY, older people, and other engaging subjects shared among the who's who of IoT at Parks Associates' Connections Conference 2018.

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