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We Close the Book on Another Exciting InfoComm

This is just a sampling of what you missed if you didn't attend the best A/V show in the country.

Icontrol Adds Analytics for Smarter Homes

Mari Silbey for LightReading:  If the first phase of the smart home is about adding sensors to light bulbs and door locks, the second phase is about collecting and analyzing data to make the smart home even smarter. Icontrol is moving on to the second phase, announcing

How the Smartphone is Making Home Security Accessible to Anyone

Combined with smart home security and automation products, smartphones provide a portable window into the home. This makes them the perfect home security accessory—one that's a lot less expensive than a traditional monitored security system yet is always accessible.

Play with 100 smart home gadgets at new Sears showroom

By Benny Evangelista for SF Gate:  Sears is trying to connect with the Bay Area’s tech-savvy crowd with a smart home device showroom in its San Bruno store. The retail chain opened a 4,000-square-foot Connected Solutions showroom in its Tanforan mall

Legrand Debuts New Home Automation Platform Intuity

By Howard Whitman for Dealerscope:  Electrical and digital building infrastructure specialist Legrand has unveiled Intuity, its new home automation platform specifically developed for homebuilders. According to the company’s announcemen

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Bluetooth speakers drive growth in home audio, says firm

The home audio market (wireless speakers, soundbars, Hi-Fi systems, A/V receivers and speaker docks) grew by 22% to ship 71 million units. Trade value also grew by 22%, generating just under US$10 billion worth of revenues in 2014, according to Futuresource Consulting.

Wireless speakers and soundbar shipments exceeded market expectations and accounted for the lion's share, far outweighing the decline in demand for traditional audio devices i.e. A/V receivers and Hi-Fi systems. The wireless speaker market was fuelled by strong growth in Bluetooth speakers in the lower end of the price spectrum and multi-room audio at the premium end.

Home audio devices increasingly offer wireless functionality and shipments with this feature grew by 93% from 27 million units in 2013 to 53 million units in 2014. Futuresource said it predicts that virtually all home audio devices will be wireless by 2019.

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InfoComm - Recognized for Innovation in Technology, Gefen Wins Best New Product, Editor's Pick and Higher Education Installation Awards

Gefen received three prestigious awards at InfoComm in Orlando.

Control ELK's M1 System with Apple Watch!

With eKeypad Alarm for Apple Watch, it is now easier than ever for customers to access to the security features of their ELK M1 system.

Sentinel keeps an eye out on Alcons systems

New controller platform powers and controls Alcons pro-ribbon systems

Smart Energy Device for Businesses, Smappee Pro, Helps Reduce Costs and Consumption

Smappee Launches Smappee Pro to Detect Energy Guzzlers in the Workplace

ZigBee Standards Will Be Used in Over 80% of 802.15.4 Unit Shipments in 2020, Says ON World

ON World's recently published report finds that annual shipments of IEEE 802.15.4 chipsets nearly doubled last year and will increase by 550% over the next five years. In 2020, ZigBee standards will be used in 8 out of 10 of the 802.15.4 unit shipments.

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Christie Boxer - Undisputed Performance

Christie Boxer - Undisputed Performance

Weighing under 150 pounds and delivering 30,000 lumens, Christie Boxer delivers outstanding performance for rental staging and fixed installations. Images can be warped from multiple projectors onto curved or irregular surfaces without any external solutions. Housed in two 3-lamp cartridges, the six long-life mercury lamp modules are easy to maintain, change and stock. Boxer features 3G-SDI, HDBaseT, Display Port, DVI-I, HDMI, VGA, and 5 BNC connectivity, plus a color LCD readout. Users can also monitor each lamps hours and serial numbers through Near Field Communication (NFC).

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MuxLab Inc.

MuxLab Inc.

MuxLab designs and manufactures hardware that allow single-use coax cable to be replaced by Cat5e/6 twisted pair cable in the audio-video and CCTV environments.