Niles Demonstrates Auriel 2.0 to the European Market at ISE 2017

Powered by ELAN, Auriel™ 2.0 adds climate and lighting control, plus remote access and streaming audio, to offer custom installers a new home automation platform.

Amazon rolls out free smart-home consultations

Ángel González for Seattle Times:  In a bid to spread the gospel of home automation, Amazon.com has rolled out free consultations from in-house experts that help customers build out a connected home.  The Smart Home Consultation advisers come to consumers’ homes to demonstrate smart home products, including the hugely popular Echo line of devices, and make personalized recommendations on what gadgets to buy. The service is now available in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Jose, Calif.  The service comes amid a big push by Amazon to give Alexa, its voice-activated digital assistant, an edge in a brewing war among tech companies for dominance in the artificial-intelligence market. Cont'd...

Setup/Manage/Control

Easy to implement, Easy to deploy, Easy to manage. IDK has taken the hard work out of implementing AV over IP, offering the highest quality 4K resolutions, the IP NINJAR system now has browser based GUI that allows you to have total control of your AV network. As part of the SDVoE alliance, the control system meets the goals of the alliance in providing a software interface to meet the performance needs of pro AV.

PureLink Introduces World's First HDMI 2.0 UHD/4K HDBaseT Extenders

Company's New Extension Systems Feature POE, HDR and 4K60 4:4:4 Support

Thread Group Takes Leap Forward with Availability of First Certified Software Stacks from ARM, NXP, OpenThread and Silicon Labs; Launches Product Certification Program

Certification Program Opens Doors and Provides High-Value Tools for Member Companies to Begin to Certify and Ship Products

Taco's SmartPlug Wins AHR Expo Product of the Year

A hot water recirculating system can save homeowners a significant amount of water - up to 12,000 gallons per year. But continuously running circulators and improperly programmed timers can waste energy by operating the circulator and water heater at times when hot water isn't needed.

Brilliant uses voice and touch commands to control your smart home

Dean Takahashi for VentureBeat:  Is the smartphone on its way out? San Mateo, Calif.-based Brilliant Home Technology announced that it has created the Brilliant Control, a smart lighting solution that gives anyone in the house the ability to access music, climate control, and other common smart home devices with just a simple touch or voice command. No smartphone is required. The Brilliant Control aims to replace existing light switches with a device that responds to both touchscreen and voice commands. Brilliant Control is available for preorder starting at under $200 at www.brilliant.tech. The device has a 5-inch touchscreen with 1080p resolution.   Cont'd...

Symply 2017 NAB Show Exhibitor Preview

At the 2017 NAB Show, Symply, Inc. will demonstrate a broad range of high-performance digital storage solutions for global media and content creators, from the single editor to an entire facility. Featuring rock-solid engineering and user-friendly software, Symply is changing the way media professionals work and collaborate by supporting 4K content and beyond.

Amazon Prime Music sees 50% increase in subscribers from 2015 to 2016

IoT research firm announces new research on streaming music and audio services

Year-Over-Year Home Automation Revenue Grew Over 50 Percent

According to global information provider, The NPD Group, annual 2016 U.S. dollar sales of home automation products experienced growth of 57 percent versus 2015. Security and monitoring products continued to lead the category, making-up over 60 percent of dollar share. Smart entry devices, such as smart doorbells, saw an increase in dollar and unit sales of 171 percent and 206 percent, respectively, when compared to the year prior, according to NPD's Retail Tracking Service.  While awareness levels of many smart home devices have fluctuated, smart doorbells are an item within the smart entry space that saw growing awareness and ownership. Smart doorbell awareness increased four percentage points, and ownership increased two percentage points, according to the Connected Home Automation Report from NPD's Connected Intelligence.  Networked video cameras continue to be the most common component of today's smart home, as nearly one-third of smart homes have this feature installed. In fact, over the last year consumer demand for multi-packs of IP cameras has increased 129 percent in U.S. dollar sales versus 2015*.   Full Press Release:

Qorvo® Wi-Fi Innovator Cees Links Honored with Golden Mousetrap Lifetime Achievement Award

Industry pioneer who led development of first wireless LANs is today creating smart home networking technology

Year-Over-Year Home Automation Revenue Grew Over 50 Percent

Smart doorbells led the category in awareness growth, according to NPD Connected Intelligence.

CEDIA 2017 TRAINING PLANS REVEALED

CEDIA's newly formed, one-day business courses, 'Developing a Competitive Commercial Strategy for Your Business' and 'Consultative Selling Skills Training', have been designed to arm attendees with the key tools required to maximize business opportunities and success in the home technology industry.

Xantech Expands Connectivity Solutions with Introduction of New EX Series HDMI Cables

The #1 name in IR debuts the first in a new group of connectivity solutions at ISE 2017.

Call for Entries and Judges: CES Asia 2017 Innovation Awards

Award applications will be accepted through March 22, 2017

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Automation & Control - Featured Product

This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.

This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.

INTRODUCING THE SIMPLEST WAY TO CONTROL YOUR ENTIRE HOUSE YOUR VOICE. Imagine this... We've all been there-walking through the door into a dark house, arms full. Wouldn't it be nice to tell your house to offer a helping hand? Now you can. A simple voice command-such as "Alexa, turn on Welcome"-lights up the hallway and kitchen, fires up your favorite Pandora station, while the door locks itself behind you. This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.