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Modern Residential Lighting Control

With all things going wireless these days, the next logical step in retrofitting controls would seem to be adding wireless switches. In many cases where the distance is short and the walls are hollow, wireless devices can work well. However as distance between devices incr

Alarm.Com Files For IPO; Aims To Raise $75 Million

Alarm.com, a company providing security and home automation products, has filed for an initial public offering (IPO) and is looking to raise up to $75 million through the offering, as per documents filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The company is trying t

Options for Wired Infrastructure Multiply Creating New Opportunities

We know the demand for more bandwidth will continue, so how can wired infrastructures adapt to these demands?

A new "Home" app from Apple could make smart homes easier for users.

By Adriana Lee for ReadWrite:  Since Apple announced its HomeKit smart home initiative last year, it's been mostly quiet about just how iPhones and other Apple gadgets will wrangle those connected devices. Now, however, the company may have a fancy new app in the wo

Barren Content Barons: NAB Was Abuzz with 4K Production and Delivery

Almost everywhere you turned at NAB there was a booth featuring products/tools for indie filmmakers, educational sessions to cover anything/everything and a loosely connected next generation of producers, directors, filmmakers.

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Analyst: DIY systems a 'real threat' to traditional home security offerings

SOURCE: SECURITYINFOWATCH.COM:  Through managed smart home offerings from retailers such as Lowes and Staples as well as standalone devices such as video cameras from Dropcam, or smart locks from Kwikset, the research firm said consumers increasingly have the option to install and monitor their own security systems. Demand for such smart home systems are expected to outpace traditional professional monitored security subscriptions as consumers ditch the installation fees, monthly payments and long service contracts of the traditional offerings.
At the same time, professionally monitored security service providers such as Frontpoint Security and NextAlarm offer solutions where users self-install their devices, or can integrate existing dormant installations into new IP based services.
“Self-install and self-monitor home security solutions are real threats to the standard business models offered by traditional vendors,” said Dan Shey, practice Director at ABI Research. “While matching these solutions is one option, traditional vendors need to look for ways to better integrate their core services with partner smart home services. These can range from call-center monitoring as a plug-in service to bringing home video monitoring into the call center.”

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InfoComm - SurgeX Brings Energy Enlightenment to InfoComm 2015 with New Smart Energy and System Management Platform

The new SurgeX Axess Manager Platform brings surge elimination, power management and energy intelligence together in a single solution for both U.S. and international integrators.

Wireworld® Now Shipping Nano Series

Wireworld Cable Technology is now shipping a brand-new series of ultra-light and flexible audio cables for use with headphones and other portable audio devices. The Nano series will include four level options, Pulse™, Nano-Eclipse™, Nano-Silver Eclipse™, and Nano-Platinum Eclipse™-each level utilizing patented Wireworld technology to provide dramatic sonic benefits.

TrueConf Now Supports Up to 25 Simultaneous Participants in Video Conferences

TrueConf now supports up to 25 simultaneous participants on-screen in multipoint video conferences. TrueConf Server users can now collaborate on projects in large teams while seeing and hearing each other.

Parks Associates' President to deliver keynote address at Global Smart Home Summit in China

Stuart Sikes of Parks Associates provides insight into the integration of IoT and the smart home

InfoComm - Kramer To Unveil K'Touch 3.0 at InfoComm 2015

Kramer introduces the K'Touch version 3.0 platform, a revolutionary Cloud'based solution for easily designing state'of'the'art, user'friendly BYOD room'control and automation eco'systems. With K'Touch 3.0, integrators can design advanced control and automation for room elements such as lights, screens, sound, HVAC, thermostats, and any existing A/V system. Designers can scale to over 100 devices in the Cloud, all controllable from any tablet or mobile touch screen.

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BDA-1 External DAC from Bryston - The Absolute Sound Golden Ear award winner

BDA-1 External DAC from Bryston - The Absolute Sound Golden Ear award winner

The Bryston BDA-1 is a state-of-the-art external Stereo DAC (digital to analog converter) using fully discrete Class-A proprietary Bryston analog circuits, two independent linear power supplies and dual Crystal CS-4398 DAC chips. The BDA-1 features an impressive array of inputs for USB, COAX, OPTICAL, AES-EBU and BNC equipped digital devices. For audio outputs, the BDA-1 offers both balanced XLR as well as unbalanced RCA stereo connectors on the rear panel.

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