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Could a Smart Water Heater Be Part of the Renewable Grid Equation?

Scientists are currently toying with compressed air tanks—but another idea would place energy storage squarely in the hands of residents, through the humble water heater.

In The Smart Home, Whoever Owns The Hub May Own Retail Too

Nikki Baird for Forbes:  According to our research at Retail Systems Research, retailers are very bullish on the future of the Internet of Things, or IoT. They are most excited about opportunities to interact with consumers via their mobile phones and even con

Gilbert apartment complex joins ‘smart home’ movement, experts question if trend will take off

Farai Bennett, Cronkite News via AZCentral:  The apartments at Vistara at San Tan Village look like many other “luxury” units available in the Valley, with their granite countertops and walk-in closets. But step inside one of the Gilbert complex&rsqu

TrackNet Launches Tabs™ IoT Home and Family Monitoring Solution for Busy Families

The Tabs hub provides Wi-Fi coverage over an entire residence and Tabs sensor coverage over entire neighborhoods with significant benefits not only to consumers but also to operators and service providers deploying Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN). For operators and serv

Top Must Have Automation Devices

The features to consider before settling on the device include its ability to function without internet connection if this then that (IFTT) and multiple network support.

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How Amazon's Alexa Could Drive the Connected Car Revolution

Harsh Chauhan for The Motley Fool:  From pulling up location coordinates to finding a free parking spot or opening the garage door, virtual assistants in cars are going to play a key role in powering the connected-car revolution. The voice-enabled virtual assistant space is becoming hotly contested among tech giants.

Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN), however, seems to be taking the lead in this market with its Alexa Automotive platform, which is powered by the Echo voice assistant. The company has lined up deals with some of the biggest automakers, and is also receiving support from third-party accessory manufacturers such as Logitech (NASDAQ:LOGI) that could give Alexa a major push.

The Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas last month showed that Alexa is finding favor among carmakers, as Ford (NYSE:F) and Volkswagen (NASDAQOTH:VLKAY) both said they had signed up to use the platform for services including weather updates and navigation. This is a big deal for Amazon; it needs to sign up big automakers for Alexa to steal a march on rivals such as Microsoft's Cortana and Alphabet's Google Assistant.  Cont'd...

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E2i Design Selects LynTec's RPC Control Breaker Panel for Menlo.Church's San Jose Campus

Web-Enabled, Motorized Circuit Panel Delivers Power Control, Protection, and Sequencing to Robust AVL Installation

RTI Strengthens Operations With Four Key Promotions

Organizational Changes Put Focus on Worldwide Support for Dealers and Distributors

Roome Mini Plus is a Lamp So Smart It Knows When You Are Sleeping

Roome launches Indiegogo crowdfunding for new, portable, presence-detection light

SIA Establishes Steering Committee to Guide Young Professional Program

The next formal SIA RISE event will occur during ISC West with a happy hour at Señor Frog's at the Treasure Island Hotel on Thursday, April 6.

CEDIA CELEBRATES MOST SUCCESSFUL EVER TRAINING AT ISE!

CEDIA has announced 2017 was its most successful ISE show to date, with a total of 859 bookings for its education programme, and a number of companies signing up as members over the four days in Amsterdam.

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The M1 Gold Security & Automation Control combines security, fire, energy management, lighting, and access control to provide total control of the home. Easily integrating with products of industry partner manufacturers, M1 controls offer a truly customized solution. With remote access capabilities and simple, user-friendly interfaces, M1 keeps homeowners informed and in control, anytime, anywhere! ELK's Two-Way Wireless family of products for the M1 offers a truly secure and reliable wireless solution with cutting edge techniques such as frequency hopping and UL approved jamming detection to defend against interference, hacking, and jamming. Advanced features ensure reliability, extend battery life, and provide innovative security enhancements including wirelessly interconnected smoke detectors, motion detectors with built-in security/convenience lights, and key fobs with a system status inquiry button, allowing users to see if an alarm has been activated before entering the home.

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Luxul offers a complete line of easy-to-deploy network solutions for residential and commercial projects. The Luxul family of products includes the industry's most flexible and powerful access points, wireless controller, routers and switches.