Home Automation

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.

Today is #C4Yourself Day: Malibu Wired Preps for Control4 Showroom Soiree

By Jason Knott · May 31, 2018 • Malibu Wired's new Control4 Certified Showroom on swanky Sunset Blvd. opens with brighter colors, open concept and hands-on displays. The company joins 70 other dealers with an open house on May 31 for #C4Yourself day.

Z-Wave ‘Hack’ is Old News; ‘Vulnerability’ is Deliberate

By Julie Jacobson · May 29, 2018 • Z-Wave Alliance says home-automation “hack” reported last week is rehash of 2013 “threat,” and less of a flaw than a “conscious decision.”

Inside a NASCAR Driver’s Big Smart Home: Bowling, Basketball, and Beyond

By Andrew Nichols · March 19, 2018 • Off the track, NASCAR racer Denny Hamlin relaxes in his 30,000-square-foot North Carolina pad, packed with play spaces like a simulated golf course, basketball court and home theater, all controlled with an Elan home automation system.

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