Christie Drills Into Data with Visualization Forum for Oil and Gas Industry in Houston

End-Users, Integrators and Consultants Attend Vis University to Increase Visualization Knowledge

Wharfedale Loudspeakers to Be Featured in Atocha Design's Exhibit at 2014 Architectural Digest Home

Wharfedale Loudspeakers to Be Featured in Atocha Design's Exhibit at 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show

Consumer Expectations Remain High for OTT TV Service Experiences

Parks Associates Director of Research presents new research at TV Connect

Meridian on the Road in 2014

Meridian Retail Partners Welcome Customers to Celebrate 25 years of Digital Loudspeaker Innovation, with the Introduction of Special Edition Loudspeakers

Demand for smart home technology to skyrocket

According to a new report from ABI Research, demand for smart home technology is continuing to grow at a rapid pace. In 2013, the research firm said that sales of wireless embedded smart home monitoring devices, such as contact and motion sensors, smart thermostats and smart plugs, grew to 17.23 million, almost double the amount of shipments in 2012. By 2018, it is expected that more than half-a-billion wireless smart home monitoring devices will be deployed in homes around the world.

ABI said that growth will develop as new users move to use smart home systems and as users extend their existing systems. Additionally, companies like Honeywell, GE, Nest (recently acquired by Google), Kwikset, UTC, as well as many others are increasingly adding wireless connectivity to their home devices, bringing network connectivity and remote management to their offerings in order to appeal to growing numbers of smart home consumers.

According to ABI, contact sensors for detecting whether windows and doors are closed were the most popular smart home monitoring device shipped last year while motion sensors were in second place. Both devices support smart home monitoring functionality but can also be used for additional applications such as energy management.

“Combined, over 84 million contact and motion sensors will ship annually by 2018; however, it is smart plugs, smart door locks and connected smoke and CO detectors that will see the greatest shipment growth,” ABI Research Senior Analyst Adarsh Krishnan said in a statement.

KVMSwitchTech Announces Revitalized HDMI Matrix Product Line with 4Kx2K Support

KVMSwitchTech Adds 4Kx2K HDMI Solutions and Incorporates Power Over Ethernet into HDBaseT Matrix Switchers.

Dream Big, Live Smart with smanos at ISC West 2014

Chuango Security Technology, a trend-setting innovator and developer of wireless DIY security and smart home systems, is proudly bringing its brand new brand -- smanos -- to the ISC West 2014 show in Las Vegas this spring. Don't miss smanos smart home innovation at Booth 40321 from Apr 2-4th.

Professional Installer's Guide to IP Networking, Part 3

In this segment we will focus on Ethernet Switches-the backbone of your local network. When selecting a switch or a combination of switches for your network, there are several issues to consider.

INSTEON Announces Connectivity to Nest Learning Thermostat

Connecting INSTEON's Premier Smartphone-Controlled Network to Nest Learning Thermostat Opens the Door to Fully Connected Home for Users

1 Sound Choice Earns Nest Thermostat Certification

Northern New Jersey Home Automation Integrator becomes a certified Nest Thermostat Professional, continuing to bring the latest technology to their clients.

Professional Audio Associates Signed as Manufacturer's Rep for Clare Controls

Firm will offer Clare Controls solutions to New England integrators

L-com Introduces New HyperLink® Brand 2.4/4.9-5.8 GHz HGV Series Omni Directional Antennas

The new HGV series antennas are economical yet maintain the high performance standards that the HyperLink® brand is known for.

CEA Projects Increase in 2014 Consumer Electronics Accessories Sales

Study identifies purchase drivers both in-store and online, motivations and inhibitors of attachment rates for CE accessories

HDMI vs. optical: Which digital-audio connection to use?

When it comes time to connect your shiny new sound bar or AV receiver, your two main choices are HDMI or optical digital audio.

The simplest advice is to go with HDMI when you can. But if you can't it's not the end of the world.

Here are the pros and cons of each.

The basics
Both HDMI and optical pass digital audio from one device to another. Both are better than analog (the red and white cables). Both can pass multi-channel audio, like Dolby Digital. Both cables can be had pretty cheap.

The biggest difference is that HDMI can pass higher-resolution audio, including the formats found on Blu-ray: Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio. These formats can't get transmitted across optical.

In terms of simplicity, HDMI also passes video signals. So if you want just a single cable between two devices, HDMI is your pick.

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BenQ Becomes the Fastest Growing Display Brand in North America

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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.