Z-Wave at CEDIA EXPO 2013

CEDIA puts out a top notch event and has found the right mix of trade show, training events and industry networking. It is nice to be back in Denver, we very much like the location.

Reshoring - What is it and why do it?

In 2009, the company decided to return all production to the U.S. after four years of outsourcing 30% of its manufacturing to China. The transition - completed in 2011 - has doubled Peerless-AV's workforce to 500 and helped resolve quality and supply chain issues.

Z-Wave Is Now The Key Enabler of The Smart Home Landscape

Z-Wave has earned its position as the smart home leader through optimized technology, a broadly-supported ecosystem and the trust of market leaders in virtually every channel of the automation market. Z-Wave is indeed, the key enabler behind today's smart home revolution.

ZigBee And The Smart Home

A single room could have multiple sensors - temperature, security, motion, lighting, etc., all connected by a central box which then talks to the local appliances as well as to the internet, allowing monitoring and control by web connected devices.

What to Consider When Using Tablets and Smartphones in Home Automation Systems: Part 2

There are a number of disadvantages that may affect the decision of whether to use a smart phone/tablet or a proprietary device. These disadvantages can be addressed and most times removed all together if approached logically.

Why Go to CEDIA?

CEDIA gives us an excellent opportunity to connect with dealers and reps, as well as build relationships within the industry. There are only a handful of times when you can see the year's best trends and innovation in one spot, and it's exciting and inspiring to be surrounded by so many smart individuals.

Wireless Audio In Home Automation

Mastering wireless audio can bring many benefits, but doing so demands understanding of both the solution's inherent advantages, and its challenges.

Advanced Beamforming Microphone Array Technology For Corporate Conferencing Systems

This paper focuses exclusively on beamforming as a method of sensing and filtering acoustic waves for enterprise video and telephone conferencing applications, and describes emerging techniques and technologies to improve the capture and processing of acoustic patterns, and the clarity of human speech in corporate conference rooms.

Rack System Design

Remember how a few generations ago, there was the "Children should be seen and not heard" attitude? As it pertains to rack enclosures, it's kind of the opposite, many customers want them to be used but not seen.

You're In Play: Internet of "Things" a Playground for Bad Guys/Gals

You could unplug and crawl under your bed or use common sense and be skeptical of all the great stuff that comes across your device/system screens. What the good and bad guys/gals can do is freakin amazing!!

Case Study: D.C. Transit System Weatherproofs New Passenger Travel Alert System

Messages are localized for each station and tailored to special events when relevant. During the 2013 Presidential Inauguration, for example, kiosk screens recommended destination stations for the four key inauguration locations.

Can Boosting Cell Signals Boost Your Business?

Much of the demand we see for signal boosters is for commercial buildings that are so well built that the cell signal can't penetrate inside. In most situations, we're able to quickly and easily install these systems with little or no disruption to the daily workflow and without unsightly equipment.

The ZigBee Home Automation Standard

ZigBee was created with the vision of enabling connectivity and sensing and control capability to every day devices. The Internet of Things is now becoming a reality as the growth of devices being connected is largely fueled by low cost, low power, scalable networks in homes and buildings.

Projector System Principles and Practices

Lamp-free projectors are now main stream with brightness up to 6500 lumens and in the long run they will provide a reduced operating cost in terms of lamp replacement and labor as well as power consumption.

Integration of VRV / VRF Air- Conditioning Systems and Home Automation / BMS Controllers

VRV and VRF Air-Conditioning systems are more sophisticated in their control systems incorporating built-in communication, unlike the traditional Central and Split AirConditioning systems that typically incorporate only a basic form of on/off control logic.

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