Zigbee and the "Really Smart" Home

The Real Smart Home consists of sentrollers - sensors, controllers and actuators like motion sensors, temperature sensors, smoke detectors, humidity sensors, leakage detectors, light sensors, etc., are all connected to the internet. Cloud based apps receive this data and compares it with expected or desired values, and then transmits a signal to the home actuators which control the various systems.

The Next Great Thing: Chasing Innovative Products is a Long, Hard Trek

The boss' challenge is to figure out which are the good ideas and which are great ideas. But the real innovator? It's the customer … he/she/they determine what idea is insanely great and which is…

Mini-EMS System Offers Mega-Savings

Monitoring and programming thermostats in a home can be tedious, in a modern commercial building it's time consuming, and at multiple commercial location the task is nearly daunting.

Monetization of Connected Homes

The purpose of this study is to increase our understanding of new market entrants; rising consumer demand and willingness to pay; potential areas for growth; and select business models used by the industry to optimize revenue.

Guide to Home Automation

Like a remote control, Home Automation can give you the power to control your security system, door locks, lighting and temperature at any time, from anywhere!

What to Consider When Using Tablets and Smartphones in Home Automation Systems: Part 1

The Rise of the Consumer Mobile Device

Choosing The Right Screen Size For Your Space

The BIG screen experience is so much more impressive and enjoyable than even the largest plasma or LCD at literally a fraction of the cost - and now YOU have total control over the size!

Keeping People: Entertainment and Education Connects Better than Selling

More and more people are online with the devices of their choice. So why is it so difficult to not only get them but retain them as customers, long-term customers?

Reboot that Device from Way Down Under

The main area of use is in racks where service personel can reboot devices that are not responding. Apart from accessing via a browser there is an iPhone and Android app to allow service technicians to take action while on the go.

iPhone Control of your Home Systems

iRule uses the home's Wi-Fi connection to send the command from a phone or tablet to the IR converter or a network device. This happens in a fraction of a second.

Business Apps: BYOD Created Business Opportunities, Business Headaches

People bring their own devices, their own data, their own apps, their own communities; and they move personal/company information where it is most convenient, most useful for them.

The latest installer products from InfoComm 2013

With over 950 exhibitors, it is impossible to cover each manufacturer. This is the "must" show of the year and I suggest you get your reservations for the 2014 show.

Notes From InfoComm 2013

There is no better venue to keep up with the latest audio visual technology than at the InfoComm 2013 Show.

InfoComm 2013 Tradeshow Report

For well over a decade HomeToys.com has been covering InfoComm and bringing all the industry news and exciting new products to our eMagazine to help our readers make sense of the massive event. Here we have compiled a list of some new product releases from this years show.

Infocomm 2013 Special News Report

Here is our news report with press releases and announcements from the show.

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Automation & Control - Featured Product

ELK Products -M1 GOLD with Two-Way Wireless

ELK Products -M1 GOLD with Two-Way Wireless

The M1 Gold Security & Automation Control combines security, fire, energy management, lighting, and access control to provide total control of the home. Easily integrating with products of industry partner manufacturers, M1 controls offer a truly customized solution. With remote access capabilities and simple, user-friendly interfaces, M1 keeps homeowners informed and in control, anytime, anywhere! ELK's Two-Way Wireless family of products for the M1 offers a truly secure and reliable wireless solution with cutting edge techniques such as frequency hopping and UL approved jamming detection to defend against interference, hacking, and jamming. Advanced features ensure reliability, extend battery life, and provide innovative security enhancements including wirelessly interconnected smoke detectors, motion detectors with built-in security/convenience lights, and key fobs with a system status inquiry button, allowing users to see if an alarm has been activated before entering the home.