CEDIA DEVELOPS HOME TECHNOLOGY CERTIFICATE PROGRAM FOR COLDWELL BANKER REAL ESTATE

RealEstateRama:  CEDIA and Coldwell Banker Real Estate have collaborated to offer a home technology certificate program to Coldwell Banker Real Estate independent agents. The newly developed curriculum, which will be taught by CEDIA representatives, will help agents better represent the value of home technology. “Home technology is a source of convenience, security, and comfort in homes across the United States, with almost half of all Americans previously sharing with us that they either already own or plan to invest in home technology by the end of 2016,” said Budge Huskey, president and chief executive officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate, LLC. “We believe it is imperative for our affiliated agents to learn about home technology and engage with the professionals who install it.Partnering with CEDIA to provide this course was an easy choice and we’ve already seen a great amount of excitement from our agents surrounding this new offering.”   Full story.

Control4 Named ProSource's 2016 Custom Integration Vendor of the Year

Salt Lake City, UT - May 20, 2016 - Control4 Corporation (NASDAQ: CTRL), a leading global provider of smart home solutions, announces being named Custom Integration Vendor of the Year by ProSource for the second consecutive year.

Home Automation, IoT Could Cut Energy Consumption 10 Percent, says CTA Study

Savings potential would exceed the total energy consumed by household consumer electronics

Secutech is top destination for networking among industry peers and business interaction

Visitors and exhibitors alike regard Secutech as top show in industry and confirm return. Smart products, total solution and new technology applications are focus of exhibition.

Google announces Google Home smart hub and upgraded Assistant voice engine

Ryan Whitwam for Extreme Tech:  Google has let Amazon basically own the connected home assistant market for the last year and a half with the Echo and other Alexa-enabled devices. Now, Google is leveraging its extensive natural language processing engine to launch Google Home, a connected hub that brings voice commands to your house. Google has also been working on making its system of voice commands more conversational, which it now calls Google Assistant. Google has had voice search capabilities built into Android phones for years at this point. You can even trigger searches with the “OK Google” hotword. However, this is connected to your phone, which is a personal device with your own apps, settings, and data. A home assistant like the newly announced Google Home (and Amazon Echo) is intended to provide voice features to anyone in the family from anywhere in a room.   Cont'd...

ZigBee Alliance Welcomes 38 New Members to Drive IoT Forward

Internet of Things Organizations from 15 Countries Flock to Support ZigBee Technology and Global Wireless Initiatives

Afero Raises $20.3 Million in Series A to Accelerate IoT in and Beyond the Smart Home

Samsung Catalyst Fund leads investment in Afero IoT platform that powers existing and new smart products across all industries to capture three trillion dollar enterprise IoT market

New Smart Home Security Alarm Systems at Wholesale Prices from Chinavasion

Chinavasion has been quick to expand into the smart home security alarm systems market with a new range of products following unprecedented demand from do it yourself homeowners who are operating on a budget.

ARROW ELECTRONICS AND CENTRALITE ANNOUNCE DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT

Arrow Will Offer CentraLite's Award-Winning Jilia IoT Platform to Its Customer Base, Along with a Range of Sensors and Controls

The Smart Home Gets Smarter: Wemo Now Works with Nest

With the new integration, users have the ability to easily create and maintain a more comfortable, safe and energy efficient home.

EVRYTHNG Becomes First B2B IoT Platform for Product Manufacturers to Offer Nest Certified SDK

New SDK allows devices operated with EVRYTHNG to implement connectivity with Nest in less than 30 minutes

August Home Delivers Smarter Home Access with August Doorbell Cam and Nest Cam Integration

Gives Consumers a Complete View of Who's at the Front Door and What's Happening Inside and Outside the Home, All from the August App

Smart-home technology must work harder to create smarter consumers

Robert S. Marshall for TechCrunch:  Attendees of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year were confronted with a head-spinning volume of smart-home devices. From $5,000 refrigerators that can communicate when you’re running low on milk and eggs, to the ability to control lights, locks and thermostats from your mobile app or TV screen, these products and technologies all show very nicely — until the point when consumers are left to calculate when their smart-home investments will translate into cost savings, energy efficiency and enhanced convenience. Really smart companies and entrepreneurs have built impressive pieces of the smart-home puzzle, but these pieces have not been connected yet in a way that has, to date, empowered a smarter consumer. Parks Associates home energy management data released in March 2016 show 70 percent of households with smart-energy devices report saving money due to reduced energy consumption. However, the research firm noted challenges for vendors selling smart-energy devices based on cost savings, as 83 percent of U.S. broadband households do not know the price they are paying for electricity.   Cont'd...

Pro Control Puts the Focus on Security

Three New Two-Way Drivers Provide Simple Integration With GE, Honeywell, and Elk Security Panels

AcuRite Launches Line of Multi-Sensor Home Environment Monitoring Products

Home and Small Business Owners Can View Conditions in up to Four Indoor and Outdoor Locations Includes Air, Liquid, and Soil Monitoring, Plus Water Leak Detection

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This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.

This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.

INTRODUCING THE SIMPLEST WAY TO CONTROL YOUR ENTIRE HOUSE YOUR VOICE. Imagine this... We've all been there-walking through the door into a dark house, arms full. Wouldn't it be nice to tell your house to offer a helping hand? Now you can. A simple voice command-such as "Alexa, turn on Welcome"-lights up the hallway and kitchen, fires up your favorite Pandora station, while the door locks itself behind you. This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.