CEA Welcomes Coldwell Banker Real Estate Among New Home Technology Members

Oldest residential real estate franchise system in North America is first real estate brand to join CEA

Arlington, Va., September 17, 2015 - The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced today that Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC - the oldest and most established residential real estate franchise system in North America - has joined CEA as a new member, establishing itself as a leader in home technology. CEA represents more than 2,000 diverse and influential companies in the consumer technology and innovation industries, including home technology companies like Crestron, Nest, Lutron, Lowes and SmartThings that represent the entire channel for home control, entertainment and networking products.

"We are pleased to have Coldwell Banker Real Estate join CEA's stable of smart home companies, deepening the connection between this globally-recognized brand and the ever-changing technology industry," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA. "The tech landscape continues to evolve, as consumer demand to be connected anytime/anywhere helps drive new products and categories to the market. And thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT) making our lives more seamless than ever, homeowners are able to enjoy more and more products that not only save energy and time, but also offer life-changing, in-home benefits."

In addition to Coldwell Banker Real Estate, CEA is proud to welcome a number of other home technology companies as new members:

FIBARO allows you to monitor, manage and automate a home or work environment through Z-Wave wireless mesh technology. Fibaro's home automation hub is designed to wirelessly control your existing devices - as well as FIBARO sensors - to improve your day-to-day comfort and safety.

NEEO, creator of a smart system to communicate and control the devices in your home.

Unikey, creator of smart locks and smart access control. All you need to unlock your Kevo lock is your smartphone; it's as simple as walking up, touching your lock, and walking in.

Zendo is focused on creating smart home products and apps on Apple's HomeKit technology. The Zendo Home app will provide one-touch control over all HomeKit certified devices from any manufacturer.

"The TechHome division is looking forward to working with all our new home technology members to develop valuable resources for CEA members and further educate consumers about the amazing things smart home technology can do for them as they select systems for today's digital homes," said Dan Fulmer, chairman of CEA's TechHome division, and founder and president of FulTech Solutions, Inc. "As an integrator who has spent my career bringing technology into our homes, it's exciting to see so many smart home companies offering new in-home solutions and enabling more consumers to enjoy the remarkable benefits."

According to CEA's U.S. Consumer Electronics Sales and Forecast (July 2015), the connected home technology industry is expected to reach $967 million in revenue this year - an increase of 32 percent from 2014's total. And CEA research found 12 percent of U.S. households now own a smart home device.

"Technology and innovation are constantly changing, expanding and evolving," said Shapiro. "As CEA's broad and diverse members - whether they're a century-old brand like Coldwell Banker or a disruptive newcomer such as Nest - transform old business models and deliver benefits across virtually every aspect of our lives, CEA is the advocate for innovation, and the people and products that are changing our world."

Featured Product

Introducing the revolutionary Comelit Visto Smart Doorbell

Introducing the revolutionary Comelit Visto Smart Doorbell

The Visto Doorbell is a new Smart Doorbell from Comelit which combines a modern Italian design with all of the basic features you are looking for in a smart video doorbell. In fact, it is so smart that it can use the 2 wires from your existing doorbell and pass both the power and the data signals. This solves the common problem of having poor wifi coverage all the way at your front door. The Visto also has built in night vision, video recording on a SD card and in the cloud, motion detection, and multiple mounting options including an angle mount. The second thing we are introducing is the Visto Dealer referral program. Because we only sell through the Professional Distribution channel, we want to give our dealers who buy in that channel extra incentives to sell our product. For any security dealers or installers who go on our website www.vistodoorbell.com, and sign up for our program, we will offer the following: - Free referrals to customers in your area - Cashback program - 10% discount during the 1st month of the launch - Free Visto t-shirts and gear - A chance to win a trip for 2 to Venice, Italy Its that easy. Let us refer customer to you and get paid in the process. All while selling a wonderful Italian designed smart doorbell which is innovative and easy to install. So all dealers should protect the pro-channel and install products like the Visto which are made and sold only at your friendly local security and low voltage distributors.