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The map of the future of the internet and how industries will rise and fall will be based on our ability to adopt the ideals that made our knowledge sources follow the examples and templates that have been laid before us. The interaction of human beings can be an amazing and beautiful process to see in action. Our world is becoming one big neighborhood.

What is the LCN Installation Bus?

There are 3 significant universal installation buses worldwide: the EIB, LON and LCN. In this article we describe the LCN installation bus that distinguishes itself through performance and cost effectiveness compared to the rest.

Big Broadband: Public Infrastructure or Private Monopolies

I recently returned from an Economic Summit in Loudoun, VA, where I was invited because of a paper I wrote earlier this year, "Reviving the FORGOTTEN Information Superhighway." The summit expanded my thinking about the role of government in telecommunications policy and led to an invitation to speak at Austin InnoTech, a regional conference and exhibition with focus on the mutual relationship between technologies and innovation. This newer paper summarizes and expands on that presentation, which was called "Fiber, Wireless and Bandwidth for TeleWork."

CP290 Director X

CP290 Director X programs the original X10 home automation computer controlled interface, model number CP290, with a great looking program that makes the most of what the CP290 can do.

Display Werks Touches Residential Systems Market

The touch panels have one RJ45 connection for accepting analog RGB, serial, stereo audio, mouse and keyboard signals from a PC located up to 500 feet away over a single CAT5 cable.

Electronic Signage Networks

The networked digital signage industry is now poised to deliver the logical evolution to central sound - central video.

HomeToys Interview

The bottom line is that, as an industry, we need to make it much more simple and turn-key for the consumer to adopt and install connected home solutions.

HomeToys Interview

ZigBee's unique emphasis on low power, reliability, scalability and easy deployment and low cost make it ideally suited for the residential control market.

Hometoys Interview

Game players no longer have to install a CD or even go to the store to buy one. They can now just click on a button and almost immediately start playing a game.

How Do You Sell Lighting Control???

You've got to get your clients to experience lighting control first hand. SHE needs to be able to push a button on a key chain remote and see that she will never have to walk into a dark home again. HE needs to push a "Goodnight" button and experience all the lights going off without having to make the nightly rounds to see which lights the kids left on.

Lights, Cameras… Pick up the Pieces!

Even with our experience, it came as a real surprise to discover that so many of our customer's justified expectations had been dashed by a lack of true skill and professionalism on the part of the original installers.

New era of building management

The foundation of the concept is the building operating system, named as COBA (Connected Open Building Automation). COBA definitions were created in a standardization project of companies representing various industries, from telecommunications to construction and services.

Realizing the Promise of the Connected Home

Z-Wave is delivering on the promise of the connected home, providing reliability, interoperability, convenience and relatively low-cost all in a chip the size of a dime.

Six Elements of Future Home

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs provides us a framework to identify key elements of our future home. By fulfilling these key elements, we know that we are better satisfied with these needs.

Software Configuration Tools

WebTools has the same look and feel of the standard DTools/ Visio graphic interface and uses the same database and business logic but runs entirely over the internet.

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Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Smart Bulbs are out there and they can do far more then just provide light. Speakers, projectors, wi-fi extenders and more. The standard light socket that is wired up and ready to go in nearly every home in North America is now providing an easy and affordable option for home owners and renters alike to enter into the world of the "Smart Home". Here is a look at some of the Smart Bulbs and Smart Lighting options out there, and this list is just the beginning. In this ongoing article we hope to continue to add to and grow this list, so stay tuned!