Control4 OS 3 Adds Google Assistant Voice Control, an API for Intercom Anywhere and New CA-10 Controller

September 12, 2019

SnapAV announced today at CEDIA Expo 2019 that the Control4 Smart Home OS 3 is adding Google Assistant, integration with third-party smart doorbells through Intercom Anywhere and a new high-availability automation controller to power large homes. With Control4 OS 3, homeowners can choose from tens of thousands of devices to create a system that suits […]

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AppleTV-Based Savant Home App Debuts

September 12, 2019

Savant has introduced the Smart Home App for Apple TV, an on-screen control platform that provides access to smart home functionality via a TV — including using graphics full screen or as an overlay to live TV or a movie that’s currently playing. Savant’s Smart Home App for Apple TV provides control for climate, lighting, […]

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Intellithings Has RoomMe API

September 11, 2019

Intellithings has expanded accessibility for RoomMe through integration with four major professional smart home brands at CEDIA Expo 2019. Intellithings created an open RoomMe API to invite developers and residential technology professionals to write customized applications for RoomMe. Chowmain software has developed the first four new drivers including Control4, ELAN, RTI, and URC, in addition […]

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Crestron Home OS 3 Available Now

September 3, 2019

Crestron today announced the release of Crestron Home OS 3, an update to its smart home app. New features include: Support for multiple homes New icons to save favorites – provides intuitive custom access and experience Refined layout for easy access to the most commonly used functions Dynamic, intuitive display features Personalization of UI using […]

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Control4 Unveils New Tiny Smart Home During Design Construction Week

February 19, 2019

Control4 Corporation announces the debut of the Control4 Tiny Smart Home, a compact, 250-square-foot smart home designed to give architects, builders, and designers an interactive, design-forward smart technology experience at Design Construction Week 2019. Consumers are seeking guidance and knowledge from interior designers for smart lighting, Wi-Fi connectivity, and even intelligent appliances according to a […]

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New Crestron Home, Powered by OS 3

February 5, 2019

Crestron debuted Crestron Home, powered by OS 3, at ISE 2019 in Amsterdam. Crestron Home, powered by OS 3, is a package for any sized smart home project — what Crestron says is a simpler, smarter user experience on mobile devices and TSW touch screens. Available spring 2019, OS 3 will deliver new page designs, […]

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Z-Wave 700 Launches on the Silicon Labs Wireless Gecko Platform

December 12, 2018

Silicon Labs has launched the Z-Wave 700 on the Wireless Gecko platform. Z-Wave 700 delivers on Silicon Labs’ vision and platform integration roadmap following the company’s acquisition of Z-Wave technology in April 2018. According to Silicon Lab, the new smart home platform builds on Z-Wave’s S2 security and interoperability by improving energy efficiency and adding […]

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Home Technology’s Rise of the Smart Displays

December 3, 2018

Digital assistants are all the rage these days and they seem to live in so many places like your car radio, watches, smart phones, tablet, computers and the very popular “smart speaker” category. The smart speaker category has grown rapidly and has seen adoption from major brand names in the audio and tech industries — […]

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What Keeps an AV Professional Up at Night – Part the Second

November 26, 2018

I’ve spoken about the things that keep an AV professional up at night — in part the growing rise of one-box, easily configurable solutions sharply reducing the need for highly skilled integration in simple spaces. That trend continues with both industry stalwarts like Crestron and smaller upstarts like Owl Labs selling single-device collaborative solutions. That’s […]

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Crestron Adds Google Assistant for Voice Control of Custom Home Automation

January 10, 2018

Crestron has partnered with Google Assistant for expanded voice control of Crestron’s whole-home systems. Crestron Technology Professionals (CTPs) can now easily integrate customer systems with the popular Google Assistant to activate Crestron lighting controls using simple speech commands. Crestron and Google are currently in collaboration on the second phase of integration, which will enable voice control of […]

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Meet Milo, the First Combination Smart Speaker and Home Hub with Z-Wave Plus and the Google Assistant

January 9, 2018

The Milo Smart Home Speaker (Milo) by Hogar Controls claims to be the first combination smart speaker and home hub to include support for Z-Wave Plus; it also adds multi-platform access for Zigbee, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices. Milo’s integrated smart hub feature also works with the Google Assistant, so you can ask questions, control devices throughout your home, stream music and more. Milo leverages the Z-Wave […]

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Control4 Buys Remote Monitoring and Management Company Ihiji

January 3, 2018

Control4 today announced that it has acquired Ihiji, a provider of remote management services. Control4 says that by combining two industry-leading network and device management solutions — BakPak from Control4 (after Control4’s 2016 acquisition of Pakedge) and Invision from Ihiji — into one unified service platform, Control4 will provide offer integrators a unified cloud-based system […]

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New Release of Crestron Pyng Software Adds Support for Sonos and Amazon Alexa

August 28, 2017

Crestron announced today that a new Crestron Pyng software update is now available. Version 1.010.0038 elevates the user experience to a new level while making integration even easier for Crestron Technology Professionals (CTPs). Highlights of the Crestron Pyng update include: Native Sonos sound system support: Integrating Sonos with Crestron Pyng as a multi-room audio source […]

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Is Apple’s Siri Already Smarter Than Zuckerberg’s Jarvis?

January 26, 2017

By Jared Ross CODEDOC When Mark Zuckerberg first announced his plan to build AI control for his home, I’ll admit it… I was slightly apprehensive that the billionaire entrepreneur would put my home system to shame. Zuckerberg and I definitely agree that Crestron is the most reliable backbone for our AI home control solutions. However, […]

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Hello? Is Anyone Listening?

January 20, 2017

Amazon’s hottest selling items for 2016 were the Echo and its little brother Dot. These devices, along with their competitors from Google and Apple, are revolutionizing the way we interact with our homes and are quickly moving into the workplace. These voice command and control devices allow the participant to use their voices with simple […]

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RTI Ships New Z-Wave Control and Lighting Solutions

December 28, 2016

RTI today announced the company is now shipping its all-new Z-Wave solutions. The ZW-9 Z-Wave interface is aimed at cost-effective monitoring and control of Z-Wave-enabled systems and devices via an RTI control system. The ZW-9 Z-Wave interface utilizes the Z-Wave wireless protocol to provide the communication link between RTI systems and lighting, door locks, thermostats […]

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ELAN Intros New 12-Inch Touch Panel at CEDIA

September 19, 2016

Expanding its user interface options, ELAN from Core Brands today introduced the gXP12, a new 12-inch touch panel that is compatible with all ELAN systems. The gXP12 has an 11.6” diagonal 16:9 screen offering 1920 x 1080 resolution. With a 5MP camera, the gXP12 is designed for ELAN Intercom. The touch panel provides high-fidelity audio […]

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Crestron Adds Home Voice Control Via Amazon Alexa

September 15, 2016

Crestron has partnered with Amazon Alexa to provide next-generation voice control of Crestron home systems. Crestron Technology Professionals can now leverage Alexa Voice Service to build voice controlled scenes and settings that are fully customized to their clients’ lifestyles. Integration is not limited to basic functions such as lighting and temperature; homeowners can choose from […]

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Whole Home Voice Solution Launches at CEDIA 2016

September 9, 2016

JStar announced that its whole home artificial intelligence platform,, will start shipping at CEDIA 2016. Built for the custom integration channel, uses artificial intelligence to unify home technology through its unique user interface. is a standalone control system that works with Lutron, Meridian, Sonos and others. It also integrates with control systems […]

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Autonomic Introduces the MMS-1e Music Streamer Featuring eAudioCast Audio-over-Ethernet Technology

September 6, 2016

Autonomic has announced the introduction of the MMS-1e whole-house music streamer featuring eAudioCast audio-over-Ethernet technology. The MMS-1e also resides in a new compact form factor, enabling integrators to easily locate the music streamer along with source devices anywhere in the home or in a traditional structured wiring enclosure. The completely solid state MMS-1e music streamer […]

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Is the Smart Home Smart Enough?

August 30, 2016

A recent Deloitte Consumer Review survey in the UK found that there was nearly zero growth between 2014 and 2015 in consumer purchasing of connected home products. The finding cited that, “UK consumers are aware of the potential benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT) but perceived high prices and skepticism about the technology are […]

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Crestron Ships PinPoint Proximity Detection Beacon

February 10, 2015

Crestron is aiming to make smart homes even smarter and personalized with the PinPoint proximity detection beacon. The small PinPoint beacon plugs into a USB charging outlet and communicates with nearby mobile devices. With PinPoint, the Crestron App solves the room default problem associated with mobile devices. PinPoint knows what room a person is in […]

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The New GIANTS of Home Automation

November 13, 2014

By Christopher Bundy CORE Brands This is still our industry… isn’t it? A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Google (Nest) taking steps to get deeper in the home automation industry with its purchase of home hub company Revolv. The company did this to acquire talent more than Revolv’s product offering, as part of […]

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RTI Ships Next-Generation RK1+ In-Wall Keypad

July 28, 2014

Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) has announced that the company is now shipping its next-generation RK1+ in-wall keypad, available in two-, four- and eight-button models. Each unit now includes multiple faceplate and button colors in addition to a custom-engraved button set option for a completely customizable control experience at an affordable price. The RK1+ offers white, […]

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Nest Adds API-Based Developer Program – Hints at Getting into Control System Market for the Home

September 26, 2013

Today at CEDIA, Nest Labs, the Apple-like HVAC Wi-Fi-based HVAC controller, announced plans to begin working with developers on creative ways to connect with the Nest Learning Thermostat through integrations such as home appliances, lighting and home automation. By introducing a Web API, Nest is taking the first step toward working with partners to build a simple, secure and connected experience for […]

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Crestron Makes Smart TVs Smarter at CEDIA

September 26, 2013

Crestron has announced at CEDIA today that it is building the Crestron control system interface into SmartTVs as an app – starting with Samsung and Sony – eliminating the need for a touch panel. Available soon, the Crestron App for Samsung Smart TV enables Crestron system owners to control AV, lighting, shades, climate and more […]

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