Benefits of Home Automation Technology

Home automation has traditionally been focused on entertainment applications such as home theater and whole house audio systems. With the advent of concerns regarding global climate change and renewable energy, the focus has shifted toward automation systems that deliver great efficiencies for home systems that use electricity and natural gas (heating oil to a limited extent).

Can Dealers, Vars And Vendors Ever Really Get Along?

Channel conflict has existed since the beginning of time. Dealers, Integrators, VARS just know they aren't getting a fair shake from suppliers.

Classic Home Toys #23

The Rebirth of 3-D: Pt 3

Content Insider #124 -- Free Stuff !!!!

Some think it is cool to set a movie, a song, a book, a game, an article free on the web. Some feel they should be paid for their creative efforts.

Content Insider #125 - Our Next Leader

What the industry needs is to dip into the talent pool to find some new crusaders, some new standard bearers.

Content Insider #126- The Real Power

According to a Pew Research study 43 percent of the women in the U.S. call the shots.

Content Insider #127- Too Much Advice

Product/Service Recommendations, Support… More Than You Want to Know

Home Control and Energy Conservation

Watteco's Watt Pulse Communications (WPC™) power line communication (PLC) module is the only low power solution for the home energy command and control market to support the development of a two-way, end-to-end communications fabric for the world's electricity system based on Internet Protocol (IP) standards

Improving Video Quality is One Click Away

Converting videotaped content to digital is important because the images will deteriorate - if they haven't already - and you will lose the special moments and memories forever

In Down Times Promote Strategically

There is a paradigm shift taking place that says the provincial bureaucratic corporate pyramid has outlived its usefulness. Micro-management is no longer feasible or desirable.

Is It Time To Automate Your Hydroponics Setup?

There are a number of motivations for automating a hydroponics system.

Is System Design Necessary?

Many of us in the AV Integration business have been doing this for a long time, 24 years for me. We are seasoned professionals who have done our fair share of home theaters, distributed audio and video, lighting and sub-system control integration. We know what works for us and what doesn't. We can walk a house while it's being framed and just point out the speaker, keypad and TV locations. We don't need a design; we can assemble a distributed audio system in our sleep while planning the control system over breakfast, right? Wrong!

Managers Who Share Power, Have More Power

There is a paradigm shift taking place that says the provincial bureaucratic corporate pyramid has outlived its usefulness. Micro-management is no longer feasible or desirable.

Many Years In The Ad Agency Trenches

Getting good marketing counsel and work product from an ad agency or consultant has a profound effect on the future of your business.

Power Protection and Management

A 'smart grid' implemented with a higher level of automation and a grid architecture that is more robust can offer significantly higher levels of reliability. It is expected that the number of outages can significantly decrease in the future.

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Automation & Control - Featured Product

GreenPeak’s GP565 – ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

GreenPeak's GP565 - ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

The GP565 Smart Home RF chip for remote controls supports voice control, motion sensing and the new ZRC 2.0 protocol. The GP565 is optimized for advanced & low cost ZigBee RF4CE remote controls. • 120k or 248k Flash (8k or 16k RAM) memory • 40-pin footprint to support a keyboard scanner interface or other IO interfaces required for remote controls. • Reduced current consumption and improved receiver sensitivity and output power • Patented Antenna Diversity technology enables superior range and WiFi/Bluetooth interference rejection