Smart Home

Control4 Unveils New Smart Home OS 3 Platform

By CE Pro Editors · May 23, 2019 • Smart Home OS 3 is now available and can be experienced at any Control4 Certified Showroom during #C4Yourself day on June 13.

Resideo Acquires Whisker Labs to Bolster Its Smart Home Offerings

By CE Pro Editors · May 22, 2019 • According to Resideo, Whisker Labs' thermodynamic mapping technology will help the company with its line of connected thermostats like the Honeywell Home T-Series.

Amazon Alexa Guard Sound-Detection Turns Echo into Smart Security System

By Rodney Bosch · May 16, 2019 • Alexa Guard works with smart home platforms by ADT and Ring to arm/disarm systems, control lighting, receive fire/life-safety alerts and more.

Intuitive Interface Is Key to Lighting, Energy Storage/Management Systems

By Jason Knott · May 15, 2019 • As energy battery storage systems and IP-controllable lighting gain momentum, Savant advises integrators to use interfaces that allow their clients to take full advantage.

Blockbuster Merger: SnapAV to Acquire Control4 in $680M Deal

By Arlen Schweiger · May 9, 2019 • Two of the custom electronics industry's biggest players will join forces under private equity firm and SnapAV parent company Hellman & Friedman, which will become the majority owner of the combined company. SnapAV to buy Control4 in all-cash transaction for $23.91 per share.

Save Time on Installations With Wi-Fi-Enabled Smart Timer

By Andrew Nichols · May 8, 2019 • Thanks to its use of three pre-programmed templates, Intermatic's Ascend Smart In-Wall Timer can help save integrators significant time when installing smart lighting systems.

Control4 to Dealers: Exploit Amazon Alexa for Smart-Home Success

By CE Pro Editors · May 6, 2019 • Amazon Alexa and Google Home are driving the smart home business growth. Use that to your advantage, advises Control4's Brad Hintze.

Make Personalization Your Smart Home Mantra

By Andrew Nichols · May 3, 2019 • Paying attention to device integration, intelligent automation, and the user experience are key factors to creating a properly personalized smart home, advises URC.

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.

Smart Home Deep Dive: Profiling a Typical Smart Home Installation

By Jason Knott · May 2, 2019 • CE Pro’s Smart Home Deep Dive Study reveals number and types of interfaces, room placement, pricing, margin, manhours, and brand preference for smart home installations

Deviating from Cookie-Cutter Interfaces Pays Dividends

By Jason Knott · May 1, 2019 • Personalized user interfaces like URC Total Control 2.0 help integrators differentiate from competitors and strengthen client interaction with smart home controls.

Is There Growing Builder Backlash to ‘Smart Homes’?

By Jason Knott · April 25, 2019 • Homebuilders are dangerously being advised they are ‘dumb’ for not constructing ‘smart homes,' and providing Wi-Fi is their only requirement.

Crestron CP4-R Control Processor Fully Supports Pyng OS2 and Upcoming OS3

By Robert Archer · April 8, 2019 • The new Crestron 4-Series is engineered to provide integrators with the most powerful "central brain" the company has ever developed.

ADT Ends Pulse, Adds Command & Control, Pauses Alexa Guard, Plots DIY

By Jason Knott · March 18, 2019 • New ADT Command and Control launches nationwide this month, ending long reign of ADT Pulse security and home automation platform. Company plots DIY course with LifeShield acquisition, but not with Alexa Guard quite yet.

From Toilets to Lawnmowers… 4 Niche IoT Devices to Control for Clients

By Andrew Nichols · March 11, 2019 • Smart home control has moved beyond just shades and lights. Lawnmowers, toilets, faucets and sump alarms are just some of the interesting IoT devices to control for clients.

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