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.
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)
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)
By Chelsea Cafiero · July 27, 2017 • A Kickstarter campaign for the modular electrical outlet called Swidget has reached 93% of its goal in two days.
By Jason Knott · June 21, 2017 • ZigBee PRO 2017 mesh IoT network spec operates in 800-900MHz and 2.4GHz frequency bands simultaneously, enabling signals to penetrate concrete walls more easily.
By Julie Jacobson · May 16, 2017 • Introduced at Lightfair 2017 LG Electronics’ new ZigBee Connector plugs into an Android mobile device, discovers smart lights via visible light communication (VLC), and enables on-the-fly programming via LG's Sensor Connect app. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
By Jason Knott · May 15, 2017 • Smart home control maker NuBryte changes direction to target CE pros, drops ecommerce and retail, and ups Touchpoint MSRP by 46% to add margin.
By Robert Archer · April 24, 2017 • Yale Assure Lock SL integrates into security systems from companies like Alarm.com, ADT, Honeywell and Qolsys, as well as smart-home systems like Samsung's SmartThings and Wink.
By Julie Jacobson · January 4, 2017 • ZigBee lends smart-home application layer to Thread Group, branding it dotdot and demoing about 10 IoT products at CES 2017, all run through Resolution Products’ Helix security and home automation hub. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
By Robert Archer · October 12, 2016 • The newly redesigned Kwikset SmartCode 916 provides all the features of its SmartCode 914 Deadbolt lock, including keyless entry and integration with home automation systems.
By Joe Whitaker · October 7, 2016 • Integrator Joe Whitaker of The Thoughtful Home offers the first hands-on review of the new BakPak 4.0 remote network monitoring platform from home-automation provider Control4.
By CE Pro Editors · September 23, 2016 • Pakedge takes CE Pro on a tour of new its BakPak 4.0, which includes new features such as Control4 integration, Z-Wave and ZigBee. BakPak is also now free for all dealers.
By CE Pro Editors · August 31, 2016 • Lighting control provider Vantage will yield system design, programming and installation benefits for inclusion of QMotion motorized shade within automation projects as one of the perks from last year's acquisition.
By Robert Archer · August 3, 2016 • The new Qadvanced with ZigBee HA 1.2 battery-operated shades from QMotion can be used in new construction and in retrofit home installations.