CEDIA Expo 2022 Thoughts from Someone Who Didn’t Go

October 11, 2022

I didn’t go to CEDIA Expo 2022 in Dallas. But like both ISE and InfoComm this year, I acted as the editor in charge of rAVe’s product videos from afar, and therefore watched all 573 videos that the team shot on the show floor over the past few days. I missed seeing industry friends and […]

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Crestron Partners With ekey for Fingerprint Door Entry System

November 26, 2018

Crestron announced today that ekey biometric systems is now an official Crestron integration partner. The wall-mounted ekey finger scanners integrate with Crestron 3-Series control systems. Crestron residential integrators can now introduce one-touch door entry to their smart home designs. Fingerprint door entry also enhances security by eliminating hackable four-digit codes and the possibility of key […]

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Savant Intros Home Entry Product Line

October 5, 2018

Savant has introduced a suite of what the company is calling “Savant Entry” that allows homeowners to see and communicate with anyone who approaches an entry point such as the front door, side door, garage, gate, etc., all accessible from within a single app. The Entry solution has been introduced as part of Savant’s 8.9 […]

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RTI Offers Integration With Z-Wave-Enabled August Smart Lock Pro

March 2, 2018

RTI today announced compatibility of its control systems with the August Smart Lock Pro from August Home. Utilizing RTI’s ZW-9 Z-Wave Interface Module, integrators can provide centralized access control for their customers throughout a home or building and remote access control using RTI’s RTiPanel app. The ZW-9 uses the Z-Wave wireless protocol to provide the communication link between an RTI system […]

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ControlWorks Launches Crestron DoorBird Module

October 16, 2017

ControlWorks has released a module allowing Crestron control systems to control DoorBird IP Door Stations. The module enables two-way SIP voice communication, camera viewing, control of the door release relay and much more. In addition, status reporting for doorbell button presses and motion allow for extensive custom programming capabilities. Available as a free download for temporary testing, permanent activation […]

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New Entry Sensor from Fibaro Adds Temperature Monitoring and Enhanced Design Options

August 21, 2017

FIBARO is now shipping the Door/Window Sensor 2, a Z-Wave Plus certified smart home device. A slim smart sensor that can be installed on any door, window, gate or set of blinds in the home or office, Door/Window Sensor 2 can be connected to Fibaro’s Home Center ecosystem or a Z-Wave hub and accessed through the accompanying smart app […]

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RTI Adds MOBOTIX Door Station Integration

December 15, 2016

RTI today announced the availability of a two-way driver for the MOBOTIX T25 IP Video Door Station. The new driver, developed by MOBOTIX, permits powerful two-way audio and video communication with RTI’s intercom-enabled user interfaces without requiring any downloads. The MOBOTIX T25 IP Video Door Station provides two-way video from anywhere in the world with […]

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Practicing Safe Automation

December 2, 2016

A couple of years ago, I was on an AV podcast and someone asked me if I would ever put a smart lock onto my house. I said I’d need to think long and hard about the security aspects of it before I considered it. Flash forward to today, and I just put in an […]

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Z-Wave Alliance Ups Security Requirements for All Z-Wave Certified IoT Devices

November 21, 2016

The Z-Wave Alliance has adding a security requirement to its long-standing interoperability certification. This addition to its certification program will require manufacturers to adopt the strongest levels of IoT security in the industry. The Alliance Board of Directors has voted to make the implementation of the new Security 2 (S2) framework mandatory for all products […]

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Someone Call Security

October 24, 2016

Recent experiences have brought security installations to the forefront of my thinking. Security subsystems are something that AV pros have polarizing opinions on. Some don’t mind handling them, some do so only grudgingly, and others won’t touch them. Like everything, when deciding whether to do security at all there are pros and cons. The most […]

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Channel Vision’s New IP Intercom Features Touch Screen Room Stations & App

August 23, 2016

Channel Vision announced a new IP-based intercom systems along with a 7” IP Touch Screen. The new IP systems centralize your home electronics into one system and residents receive video push notifications to their touch screen or a phone app upon a visitor ringing the doorbell. For single family homes, the SI-8000 series front door […]

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Metra Home Launches 16-Channel Hybrid DVR and Security Cameras

August 16, 2016

Metra Home Theater Group announces the new 16-Channel Hybrid DVR, encompassing the four most common video technologies, as well as 16 new Spyclops cameras. The 16-Channel Hybrid DVR (SPY-DVR16HYB2) provides dealers with more flexibility due to its compatibility with four types of video technology, including AHD, TVI, analog and IP. Dealers can utilize any combination […]

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URC Introduces HomeSet Remote

April 7, 2016

URC introduces HomeSet, a streamlined system optimized for the home security solutions channel. This is a completely new system build from the ground up by URC — new technology, new hardware, new software. It utilizes cloud-based programming and maintenance, and offers cloud compatibility with other cloud-based systems. HomeSet integrates with Z-Wave devices, Nest, SONOS and […]

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