SnapAV and Clare Partner

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SnapAV has teamed up with Clare, the provider of security and smart-home automation products. The alliance makes SnapAV the exclusive source for Clare products and pushes them closer to competing with Crestron. Clare end-users can add security system monitoring that gives dealers the opportunity to earn recurring revenue. “Partnering with SnapAV adds immense value for […]

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New Loxone Low Voltage LED Light Fixtures Released for U.S.-Based CIs

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Loxone’s smart LED lighting solution is expanding: LED Spots, Ceiling Lights and Pendulum Slims are now available to the U.S. market. The lighting trio works together, along with other Loxone smart home products, to transform any room with customizable lighting moods, tunable white lighting effect, true automation and minimal user interaction. Each fixture helps reduce […]

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Control4 Unveils New Tiny Smart Home During Design Construction Week

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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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Savant to Unveil Cloud-to-Cloud Integration with Resideo’s Honeywell Home T Series Smart Thermostats

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Savant has announced compatibility between its control platform and Resideo’s Honeywell Home T Series Smart Thermostats. Homeowners with a Honeywell Home T5, T6, T9 or T10 PRO Smart Thermostat from Resideo can simply say “I’m hot” or “I’m cold” into the Savant Pro Remote to trigger a two-degree adjustment of the temperature setting. Users can […]

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Control4 Acquires Switzerland-Based NEEO

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  Control4 Corporation today announces the acquisition of Switzerland-based NEEO, the creators of the acclaimed smart home remote, to accelerate its leadership in delivering remotes, touch panels, keypads and other smart home devices. Introduced in 2016, NEEO’s remote quickly gained industry recognition for its simplistic set up, out-of-box interoperability with thousands of devices and its […]

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AV Friend or AV Foe?

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When I was in residential AV, real estate agents were some of my best allies. I made alliances with agents who worked directly for the builder to assure that all the spec homes they started had security, home theater, and whole house audio pre-wires in place. I also relied on them to introduce me to […]

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Smart Home Market Worth $6B by End of 2017 and Rising Fast

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Smart home devices are shaking off their novelty image and moving mainstream to become one of the fastest growing consumer electronics categories of 2017. That’s according to a new smart home report from Futuresource Consulting, which reveals that the devices will achieve a retail value of $6bn worldwide this year, with revenues expected to triple by 2021. Alexa and […]

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When Smart Things Aren’t That Smart

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True confession: I don’t like automated bathroom sinks very much. I know that sounds strange coming from someone who automates things for a living. But it’s the truth. Intellectually, I understand their utility. No water running all night. No touching taps that could be covered with all sorts of germs. But then I get into […]

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Convergent TechWeek 9/25

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IoT Continues to Open Pandora’s Box According to a PricewaterhouseCooper’s report (from October 2014), more than 20 percent of U.S. adults own at least one wearable, and soon we’ll be using them at home and work for a variety of purposes, with as many as 50 billion new connected devices by 2020. The Internet of Things has of […]

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Crestron Ships PinPoint Proximity Detection Beacon

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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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CES 2015: A Followup From the Show — IoT, Smart Home, Robotics and UCC

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As a followup to my blog Where the Internet of Things Takes A Center Stage, I wanted to bring some perspectives from the Consumer Electronics Show to include AV/IT industry companies — Savant, Lutron, Revolve Robotics and Plantronics which involved IoT, Smart Home technology, robotics and unified communications. Savant is a recognized leader in home control […]

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Home Automation: Increasingly Affordable

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Home automation has long been the domain of the upper middle class and wealthy. Expensive, professionally installed proprietary systems have traditionally dominated the home automation landscape. The rise of mobile tech and ubiquitous wireless communications — combined with less expensive and more powerful sensors and electronics — are finally enabling the availability of relatively affordable devices. […]

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