Mark of Excellence: 8 Home Automation Devices Putting CE Pros in Control

By CE Pro Editors · April 1, 2015 • Explore home automation solutions from companies including Control4, Crestron, ecovent and Honeywell Security that were recognized by the 2015 CEA Mark of Excellence awards.

Nortek Rebrands Linear Group; Launches GoControl DIY Security

By Jason Knott · December 16, 2014 • Linear is being rebranded as the Nortek Security & Control Group and will include the Linear and 2GIG brands, along with a new GoControl brand targeting DIY security installations.

Why Z-Wave is the Home Automation Market Leader ... for Now [UPDATED]

By Julie Jacobson · November 26, 2014 • Shipments of Z-Wave vs. ZigBee chips will surprise you; news on Sigma 500 chipsets, Z-Wave Plus, IPv6 gateway, IMA for remote diagnostics, more.

10 Cool Things I Didn’t Know About Nortek’s Linear Security/Home Automation

By Julie Jacobson · November 14, 2014 • Did you know that Nortek's Linear security and home automation group has the only NASA-approved doorsets? Or that it has a crash-test dummy named Fred? I didn't.

Grant Rummell, a Nortek Favorite, Passes Away

By Julie Jacobson · November 12, 2014 • Twenty-three year leader of Nortek’s Linear subsidiary, including what would become Core Brands’ audio, video and home automation group, exhausts his bucket list.

Q214: Nortek Reorg Highlights Core Brands’ Losses for the First Time

By Julie Jacobson · August 5, 2014 • Nortek (NTK) spins Core Brands into separate segment for the first time, showing deep losses for the custom home automation and audio/video group. Elan promises new mainstream smart home solution at CEDIA 2014. Sean Burke is out.

2Gig Gets Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB in GC3 Security and Home Automation Panel

By Julie Jacobson · April 17, 2014 • 2Gig by Linear introduces new GC3 self-contained security/home automation system with several future-proofing features including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB and user-swappable cell radios.

Elan Launches Simpler API for Rapid Home Automation Driver Development

By Julie Jacobson · February 5, 2014 • Elan is soft-launching a new API and driver development tools for simplifying integration between home automation system and third-party subsystems; announces support for ONVIF CCTV standard.

Lowe’s Iris to Launch First Ever UL-Compliant Z-Wave Garage Door Controller

By Julie Jacobson · December 27, 2013 • Launching with Lowe's Iris home automation in 2014, Linear’s GD00Z is first UL-compliant Z-Wave controller for garage-door openers. Debuts at CES 2014

11 Z-Wave Home Automation Co’s at CES 2014 (Part 1)

By Julie Jacobson · December 26, 2013 • Check out the first recessed Z-Wave door sensor, the Piper video camera with a home automation hub built in from Black Sumac, the Kwikset Kevo door lock (not Z-Wave) of dubious value, a forthcoming Z-Wave smart bulb and more.

Linear Brings Z-Wave to ISE 2013; Acquires Assets of ACT

By Jason Knott · January 22, 2013 • Sharing a stand with Core Brands including Elan Home Systems at ISE 2013, Linear will launch Z-Wave home automation after acquiring certain assets of Advanced Control Technologies.

Jeremy Burkhardt Sues SpeakerCraft, Nortek

By Jason Knott · January 18, 2013 • Former SpeakerCraft owner and president Jeremy Burkhardt claims SpeakerCraft and parent Nortek Inc., are trying to enforce an illegal non-compete.

Linear Access Control Based on Linux OS

By Robert Archer · December 13, 2012 • Linear has announced the first products from its new eMerge e3 Series of access controls product line and according to the Carlsbad, Calif.-based manufacturer, the new products are designed to install quickly to provide property owners with easy to use and powerful security solutions.

Linear Consolidates Secure Wireless Operations

By CE Pro Editors · August 27, 2012 • Linear LLC will incorporate all of RF transmitter/receiver manufacturer Secure Wireless Inc.'s operations into its own in second half of 2012.

Linear Battery Backup Accessory (BBU)

By Robert Archer · July 27, 2012 • Linear's BBU device is an easy-to-use accessory that installers can use to provide battery backup to their garage door openers in the event of a power failure.

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