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Amazon IoT Patent Shows ZigBee Home-Automation Signals over Power Cable

By Julie Jacobson · May 29, 2018 • Ideal for integrating Wi-Fi cameras with ZigBee door locks, Amazon invention shows ZigBee home-automation signals running over power cable to enhance wireless performance. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

First ZigBee 3.0 Thermostat Debuts from Lux ... and it’s Pretty Cool

By Julie Jacobson · May 23, 2018 • Lux Products' new KONOz, the first ZigBee 3.0-certified thermostat, allows adjustable and multiple geofences.

Honeywell 2019: Next-Gen Security & Home Automation is One Platform for Wired, Wireless, DIY, Pro

By Julie Jacobson · May 1, 2018 • Arriving in 2019, new Honeywell melds Vista, Lynx, Lyric into single platform with user-replaceable batteries, cellular modules, home-automation radios, and a back-end system that enables remote monitoring and diagnostics by security pros.

Lutron to Acquire ‘Natural Light’ Maker Ketra

By Jason Knott · April 17, 2018 • Lutron takes its first-ever step into light source/bulb manufacturing with agreement to buy Ketra's 'natural light' solutions that emulate daylight in interior spaces.

Control4’s New $350 Home Automation Hub: Affordable, Powerful IoT, No A/V

By Julie Jacobson · February 6, 2018 • At ISE 2018, Control4 introduces most affordable smart-home controller yet: CA-1 with Wi-Fi, ZigBee, optional Z-Wave targets production-home builders. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Now Toshiba Has Home Automation Hub: New Symbio with ZigBee, Z-Wave, Camera, Alexa

By Julie Jacobson · January 7, 2018 • Toshiba has its turn with a home-automation hub, debuting at CES 2018, that does more than the next guy's -- includes ZigBee, Z-Wave, Wi-Fi, intercom, camera, Alexa voice control, sensors ....

Pros & Cons of Curated Smart-Home Ecosystems vs. Open IoT Platforms

By Julie Jacobson · December 8, 2017 • Open smart-home ecosystems with extreme integration capabilities might look good on paper, but curated IoT solutions can improve user experience. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

10 Reasons Why Silicon Labs’ Acquisition of Sigma is Awesome for Z-Wave

By Julie Jacobson · December 7, 2017 • IoT chip-maker Silicon Labs (SLAB) to acquire Z-Wave technology owner Sigma Designs (SIGM), giving a big boost to the home-automation standard.

CES 2018: 10 New Smart Home & IoT Devices + Their Prospects for Success

By Julie Jacobson · November 24, 2017 • CES 2018 Innovation Awards include usual smart-home winners like Nest, Ring and Arlo, but also interesting newbies boasting AI, security, home automation, lighting control and more. Will they make it? (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Great News for Pros: Home Automation is More Confusing than Ever

By Julie Jacobson · October 20, 2017 • Home automation, networking and security have never been more confusing, thanks to an onslaught of DIY products like Ring Protect, Nest Secure, Amazon Echo Plus and Google Home. That's great news for smart-home pros.

Amazon’s Decision on ZigBee vs. Z-Wave Makes No Sense

By Julie Jacobson · October 17, 2017 • Julie Jacobson and Avi Rosenthal wonder why Amazon chose ZigBee for Echo Plus home-automation hub, when Z-Wave is more interoperable, secure, supportable, and ubiquitous.

3 Big Trends in Security & Home Automation

By Julie Jacobson · October 16, 2017 • The security and home-automation industries grapple with new technologies and business models today and in the near future -- insurtech, closed vs. open ecosystems, and cloud vs. local integration, to name a few.

Matrix Labs Unveils ‘Universal Enabler’ Device

By Jason Knott · October 5, 2017 • Matrix Labs’ $99 Creator allows communication among Z-Wave, ZigBee, Thread, IR, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Best of DIY and Pro: UL-Listed Security Hub with SmartThings Inside, Monitored by ADT, Built on 2GIG

By Julie Jacobson · October 2, 2017 • Best Buy to sell new 2GIG-based security panel with Samsung SmartThings home-automation hub inside, including ZigBee, Z-Wave, Wi-Fi, security-sensor, and cellular radios. Presumably UL-listed for fire and life safety, with no-contract monitoring by ADT. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Key Home Automation Takeaways from Amazon Echo Plus & New Alexa Services

By Julie Jacobson · September 29, 2017 • Amazon's new home-automation play includes ZigBee-enabled Echo Plus (not Z-Wave?) and Alexa services such as Routines, enabling macros to be activated by voice control or time and day. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

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