Volutone Adds Industry Expert to Sales and Leadership Team

Southern California's largest consumer electronics' distributor names Tina Metz as their new outside sales representative.

SK Telecom Expands its Smart Home Platform by Joining Hands with Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics

Plans to interconnect its Smart Home Platform with respective smart home platforms of Samsung and LG within this year --- Aims to further expand the open ecosystem built around its Smart Home platform by working closely with companies of diverse industries

ABB Debuts Advanced Voice Activated Smart Home Automation System at IFA Consumer Electronics Show

ABB, a global leader in power and automation, unveiled the world's most advanced voice activated smart home automation system at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, Germany.

Video Clarity Introduces RTM Scheduler

With New Tool, Users Can Schedule a Single RTM Unit to Monitor Multiple Channels Sequentially and Automatically

Riedel Solutions Provide Comms Backbone for Bildquadrat Videoproductions' Modular and Innovative New OB Van

Technologies from Riedel Communications are providing the communications and signal-transport backbone for an innovative new OB van recently launched by German video production house Bildquadrat Videoproductions. Outfitted with Riedel's MediorNet MicroN 80G media-distribution interface, Tango TNG-200 expandable communications platform, and RSP-2318 Smartpanel, Bildquadrat's new van features a compact and completely modular design that can be adapted easily for mobile productions of all types and sizes.

Indiegogo - Westinghouse Security's Innovative Smart Lock, Nucli, Has Reached its Funding Goal in its First Week on Indiegogo

After one week of running a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, Nucli has reached its funding goal and will now become a reality

A Quick Study of Power over Ethernet

PoE+ devices can ask for power in much smaller increments and can change their power needs at any time, depending on what the device is doing, such as "sleeping"-a power saving mode.

Stardraw Library now exceeds 80,000 symbols

Stardraw's symbols library has been a work in progress for over 20 years.

Connected home centre stage at IFA

Ciara O'Brien for The Irish Times:  The connected home may be nothing new, but at this year’s IFA consumer electronics exhibition, it seemed as if every manufacturer was keen to push its smart home credentials. From Samsung and Intel to Panasonic and Sony, the big electronics companies joined smaller startups in jumping firmly on board the smart home band wagon. Smart locks that keep out intruders but can be opened with your smartphone, smart cameras that watch your every move, and smart appliances that can be activated via your home network could all be part of your future home. Smart kettles and coffee makers that can be programmed through your phone, ovens where you can monitor the contents on a livestream and fridges that you can peek inside with cameras when you’re out of the house were just some of the inventions that are hoping to make our lives easier on display at IFA in Berlin. Samsung announced that it would be getting into the connected home, with a starter kit dubbed Smart Things. The line includes a central hub that connects everything from electrical sockets and sensors, and links in with your home router to put your home online.   Cont'd...

Top 18 Home Automation Companies Who Will Run Your Home

Murray Newlands for Huffington Post:  The home automation space is poised to continue growing in 2015 and beyond. There are more companies and investors behind these companies that want entry into your home to make it smarter, more energy-efficient, safer, comfortable, and cost-effective. Here are the top 18 in-home automations across all segments, including hubs, security devices, energy-saving devices and monitors, appliance controls, and systems, which you should consider for your home: Apple and HomeKit:  From your phone and tablets to your television and computer, to your entire home, Apple plans to control just about everything in your life. Its HomeKit home automation system is a hub that will give connectivity to all automation in your home, including numerous home automation products from other companies. You can use Siri to give it voice commands, and it will include its AppleTV in the hub along with virtual rooms. Google and Nest : Google's acquisition of Nest and Dropcam provides it with a full feature hub and additional security and energy-efficiency features in addition to the overall smart home command center. Google also plans to add voice command to its overall solutions. The Nest thermostat has already been named as the best thermostat solution on many home automation technology lists. Samsung and SmartThings:  Named as the best smart home hub by CNet, Samsung's SmartThings provides a whole home solution that also is intended to eventually connect to all of Samsung's home appliances as well as tablets and smartphones. It is admired for its low-entry price point and user-friendly implementation and overall use.    Cont'd...

Crestron Expands DigitalMedia 4K Lineup with Introduction of Copper Input Blade and HDMI Output Blade

With latest additions, company now offers fiber, 4K/60 copper, and 4K/60 HDMI I/O blades; new blades add support for HDCP 2.2

Z-Wave Alliance welcomes new member Lowe's as it expands its smart home retail presence

With accelerating interest in DIY smart home offerings, Iris by Lowe's smart home solution joins the Z-Wave Alliance

Author reveals 'A Senior Smart House: The Home That Cares for You'

New book tells one remarkable woman's story about how she designed innovative home for the handicap

SmartThings Launches New Product Line, Developer Tools and Partnerships to Expand Its Open Platform at IFA 2015

New Hub and Mobile App with Video Support Available Across the U.S, Canada and U.K.

3rd Generation Nest Learning Thermostat Introduces High-Resolution Screen, Slimmer Profile

Nest Energy and Enterprise Partnerships Bring Proven Savings, Nest Product Offers to Customers Nationwide

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