Smart Home

Silicon Labs & Z-Wave Alliance to Expand Smart Home Ecosystem

Silicon Labs and the Z-Wave Alliance have announced plans to open the Z-Wave® Specification as a ratified, multi-source wireless standard, available to all silicon and stack vendors for development. With this change, semiconductor and software suppliers will be able to join the Z-Wave ecosystem, contribute to future advancements of the leading smart home standard, and develop and supply sub-GHz Z-Wave radio devices…

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Sakab Designs’ NYC Experience Center Showcases Smart Home, Security Solutions

In response to the fever pitch of consumer excitement over automation technologies, leading New York City electronics integrator Sakab Designs has opened a multilevel technology experience center that demonstrates the full power and capabilities of the latest home and office automation tools from Nortek Security & Control including solutions from ELAN®, Linear®, 2GIG®, Xantech® and Panamax®. According to Sakab Designs owner Jeff Sakkal, the…

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Rolling out the Red Carpet for Luxury Clients

Among the hundreds of vendors at the recent CEDIA Expo who make the home theater gear technology integrators regularly install for luxury clients, Red Carpet Home Cinema, at its first-ever CEDIA appearance, stood out with a unique offering that, in essence, brings the ultra-luxury home entertainment experience full circle: in-home access to first-run movies on the day and date of…

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BlueBOLT Mobile App Elevates IP Power Management

Nortek Security & Control has announced the launch of the BlueBOLT Mobile Platform, which expands remote IP power management options for technology integrators. This mobile version of the company’s real-time, cloud-based power control and monitoring platform is now available for Apple and Android devices. The new BlueBOLT 2.0 IP Power Management Platform, now with the BlueBOLT Mobile app, pairs with…

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Neeo Remote for Control4 Smart Home OS 3 Platform Launches

The Neeo Remote for Control4, a touchscreen remote designed for use within the Control4 Smart Home OS3 platform, has been introduced by SnapAV. The remote is designed for intuitive functionality and for speedier access to favorite streaming services and TV stations, playlists, and room-level or household-level smart home scenes. The company says it is the first Control4 handheld remote to…

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Hunter Douglas Showcases Custom, Automated Shades

Hunter Douglas has brought out a series of automated window treatment styles enhanced with its PowerView Motorization operating system. The company touts the shades’ and blinds’ customizability, along with their suitability for virtually any shape or size window in any smart home, theater, or control system. Hunter Douglas window treatments are available in over 20 styles that can be automated…

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Parks: COVID-19, Consumer Privacy Concerns, and Price Competition are Key

New Parks Associates smart home research finds providers and manufacturers are increasingly competing on price, innovation, and privacy protections. The firm’s Smart Home Tracker notes 44% of US broadband households who do not own or intend to purchase a smart home device perceive the devices as too expensive, so as more manufacturers, such as Blink, Eufy, and Honor, deploy low-cost…

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Connected Design Insider Talk: The Smart Home Outlook

Connected Design Publisher MaryEllen Oswald and Editor in Chief, Nancy Klosek welcomed Elizabeth Parks, president of the research firm Parks Associates, as their guest on the most recent episode of Insider Talk. With the smart home market grabbing its share of big CE headlines overt the last few years, the trio jumped right into how the sector has fared during…

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KONKA Forms Alliance With Nationwide & O’Rourke

KONKA North America, LLC, a subsidiary of the KONKA Group, a Digital Home Entertainment company, has announced that it has forged a strategic alliance with Nationwide Marketing Group (NMG) and O’Rourke Sales Company.  KONKA is making its North American debut this month with three new series of KONKA Android TVs, including the Q7 Pro Series QLED Android TV, U5 Series…

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