URC to Launch HomeSet at ISC 2016, Targeting Security Dealers with Home Automation

From CEPro:  Popular provider of custom-oriented audio, video and smart home technology, URC will launch new system at ISC West 2016 ‘specifically for the home security channel.' Is Vera by MiOS the new partner? URC is a longtime provider of universal remote controls for the masses, and in the past decade has become a major force in the custom home automation market. But the company’s audio, video and smart-home control systems have been marketed almost exclusively to A/V and automation specialists. That’s about to change at ISC West 2016 next month, when the company will introduce HomeSet, “an exciting product line specifically for the home security channel,” according to URC’s exhibitor profile. The description reads in full:   URC, leader in smart home automation, introduces the HomeSet control system. Leveraging a rich heritage in control technology, URC has developed this exciting product line specifically for the home security channel. It’s complete and provides the conveniences your customers demand including integration with Sonos and Nest products.   Full article:

Qolsys Software Update Captures and Sends Home Security Disarm Photos to Smartphone App

Dual Path Cellular and Wi-Fi Cloud Upgrade Services Automatically Deliver Routine Enhancements and New Feature Set to End Users

Icontrol Networks Announces Five New Deployment Customers in Japan

Intelligent HOME partnership expected to expand Icontrol's presence in Japan significantly by the end of 2016

AE Ventures' TecHomeX Trade Show Launches

First-of-its-kind trade show gathers builders, contractors of all kinds, integrators, developers, remodelers, architects and more to talk smart home. Today, all those responsible for delivering homes to U.S. consumers get smarter and more connected on the smart, connected home.

Smartphones and Voice Commands Vie for Control over the Rapidly Growing Smart Home Market, According to The NPD Group

Home Automation Sales Up 41 Percent Year-over-Year in 2015

D-Tools System Integrator 2016 Now Available

Latest version of D-Tools' award-winning solution adds over 50 productivity improvements, including SupplyStream and QuickBooks Online integration as well as enhancements to proposals, purchasing, scheduling and installation management

AVnu Alliance Sponsors Second Annual Conference on Time Sensitive Networks and Applications (TSNA)

The 2016 conference features two days of technical content and keynotes from experts at Cisco, Intel, and TTTech

Got an old phone? Make it into a home security camera.

Valentina Palladino for Ars Technica:  Smart security cameras are one of the easiest ways to start transforming your normal home into a connected home. Everyone knows about Alphabet's Nest cam, but there are plenty of other cameras to consider from companies including Samsung, D-Link, and Canary. However, you don't have to drop $200 on a bulbous eye-looking camera if you don't want to—there are apps for that. Numerous Android and iOS apps claim to use your old smartphone's cameras to replicate the features of these dedicated cams, letting you check in from your current smartphone whenever you want. These security apps have nearly the same features as regular smart cameras but are free to download and require no extra hardware. Even older phones are powerful enough to be repurposed. That doesn't mean the apps are quite as good as purpose-built security cameras, though. We looked into the differences between home security cameras and their smartphone equivalents (specifically the apps Manything and Alfred) to see if one method of monitoring your home is better than the other.   Cont'd...

Luxul to Showcase New Product Lines at San Diego's LIGHTFAIR® International 2016

Luxul Technology will showcase it's new Match 2.0 IoT Metered Smart Switch from April 26th to 28th at this year's LIGHTFAIR® International expo in San Diego California. With a full "Experience Center," users will get a hands on feel for the features of the lighting system, including App control, dimming, and occupancy sensors.

Luxul Launches MATCH 2.0 IoT Lighting Control

Luxul Technology has announced the launch of their new MATCH 2.0 IoT product line. The newest offering from Luxul Technology, MATCH 2.0 is fully CA Title 24 compliant, making it a comprehensive lighting solution for commercial or residential property owners, managers and contractors. The product will be on display at several trade shows this spring, including a full debut at this April's LIGHTFAIR® International (LFI) convention in San Diego.

Garrett-Walker Homes to Install Clare Controls Smart Home System in New Development

For Garrett-Walker Homes, a prominent builder in Arizona, a new home should provide friendly floor plans, value, and quality construction. The builder is accomplishing this by utilizing local craftsman and key manufacturer partners to create high caliber homes. To provide the smart home technology in the Del Rio Ranch community in Avondale, AZ, Garrett-Walker Homes has turned to Clare Controls to install a range of products in 130 homes as part of its standard base package.

Clare Controls Introduces Smart Home Display for Design Centers

To help builders take control of the home technology sales process and create more predictable outcomes, Clare Controls created a home technology kiosk for builders that prompts the design center staff through the lifestyle benefits of smart home technology. The Smart Home Display Center is an interactive demo kiosk that provides an all-in-one sales tool for smart home technology upgrades by focusing on benefit sets instead of individual products. The kiosk eliminates the large investment previously required for smart home product installation, maintenance, and sales training in show homes. The builder kiosk is on display at the Clare Controls booth #C2766 during the NAHB International Builders' Show this week at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Clare Controls CLIQ.mini Automation Control Hub Provides Builders with Perfect Solution to Deliver Residential Smart Home Capability

Homebuyers expect smart home features when deciding on a new dwelling. To meet this demand, Clare Controls is offering an automation control hub that delivers luxury-level smart home control at DIY price points so builders can make smart home technology standard in every new home and offer valuable technology upgrade options. Clare Controls also provides the infrastructure for builders to efficiently sell, deploy, and maintain these systems to retain profitability. All this is part of a complete builder program designed to guarantee success.

Clare Controls Adds Wi-Fi-Enabled Baby Monitor and Mini-Dome IP CCTV Cameras

Expanding its portfolio of budget series video surveillance products, Clare Controls is adding two new IP cameras providing installers with an affordable, easy-to-install solution. The new cameras integrate seamlessly into a ClareHome system and offer HD resolution and motion detection.

Fulton Homes Selects Clare Controls as Smart Home Standard for 500 Homes

Arizona's largest family-owned and operated home builders, Fulton Homes understands that their customers are getting younger and more tech savvy. Millennial customers expect their homes to be smarter without becoming complicated. Fulton spent two and a half years researching companies, demonstrating products, and meeting with smart home manufacturers to find a solution that fits their new millennial customers' lifestyles and doesn't intimidate or alienate customers that aren't as tech savvy. Fulton Homes consequently turned to Clare Controls to install its smart home technology as part of its standard base package for 500 homes in 12 communities throughout Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek, and metro Phoenix.

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