Integrated Control with MMS-5A and Crestron SmartObject™ Technology

From a video projector-based home theater to window treatments, advanced use of security cameras, home automation and whole-house entertainment, the Integrated Concepts show home is an ideal environment to highlight the ever evolving world of the connected home.

Why Insurance Companies Want to Subsidize Your Smart Home

Stacey Higginbotham for MIT Technology Review:  Insurers such USAA and American Family have lately begun offering to strike a high-tech bargain: wire your home with Internet-connected devices such as a new thermostat, and get a discount on your home insurance policy in return.

Offers like that could speed up the adoption of smart gadgets, revamp the insurance business, and transform how we manage our homes. In the future, your insurer might call a plumber before a pipe bursts, for example. But the data needed to help prevent leaks or burglaries will also introduce new risks, such as vulnerabilities to data loss or ransomware.  Cont'd...

Home Automation: A Growth Area For The Security Industry?

Ron Alalouff for SourceSecurity.com:  ring a replica smart home, showcasing a range of interconnected devices such as intruder alarms, CCTV, biometric readers, door entry solutions and locks, as well as wireless control of blinds, lighting and heating, and 4K video and audio distribution.

But despite the market entry of some big names such as Google’s Nest, Apple’s HomeKit, and telecommunications giants AT&T and Deutsche Telekom, are we really on the threshold of a home automation revolution?  Cont'd...

HomeToys.com - Special Tradeshow Coverage of CEDIA 2016.

CEDIA 2016 will be held from September 13th - 17th in Dallas, Texas . This HomeToys.com Special Tradeshow report aims to bring you news, articles and products from this years event.

InfoComm - Diversified Achieves InfoComm International® AV Provider of Excellence Distinction

Recognized for proven quality and exceptional service, Diversified earns the industry's coveted Audiovisual Provider of Excellence designation

ELO LAUNCHES NEW ELO ELITE AUDIO VISUAL PARTNER PROGRAM

ProAV partners benefit from resources and tools needed to foster long, fruitful relationships with AV community

HomeToys.com - Special Tradeshow Coverage of InfoComm 2016.

InfoComm 2016 was held from June 4th - 10th in Las Vegas, Nevada. This HomeToys.com Special Tradeshow report aims to bring you news, articles and products from this years event.

InfoComm - InfoComm Partners with BICSI to Introduce New Course on Using Category Cable in AV Applications

The new course provides fundamental education for installation technicians working with category cable in the AV industry.

IHS: Smart home market to present challenges for security companies moving forward

SOURCE: SECURITYINFOWATCH.COM:  Security companies have played a pivotal role in the proliferation of smart home technology from the very beginning, however, these same firms will find themselves challenged in the coming years as several industry developments stand poised to disrupt the market’s status quo, according to a new research note from IHS Technology.

“Moreover, security companies will be challenged in 2017, when UL-compliant Z-wave sensors hit the market. (UL has approved the latest Z-Wave protocol for UL 1023 compliance, which means Z-Wave detectors can soon be used for professional alarm installations.) This milestone is significant, because most existing intruder alarms use one-way radios operating at 300/400 megahertz (MHz),” wrote Blake Kozak, principal analyst at IHS Technology, in the research note. “In order to remain competitive in 2016 and 2017, dealers and service providers need to consider flexible billing models as well as DIY installation with professional monitoring.”  Cont'd...

AV Manufacturers partner for The Higher Education Technology Summit

Created specifically for college and university managers of educational technology, HETS is designed to combine a day of product training, networking and peer-to-peer discussions in a fast moving format. The first HETS of 2016 will take place in Burlington, MA; a location conveniently situated (located off I-95 and 93) for many schools throughout New England.

Genelec teams up with BIMobject® to offer 4000 Series to AV designers

This forward-thinking move allows AV designers and architects to include the Genelec loudspeakers in any building information model to help in the design and planning stages of a project. Users will now be able to add the loudspeakers into digitally built models in building design software such as Autodesk Revit, ArchiCAD and Google Sketchup.

D-Tools Goes On the Road to Preview System Integrator 2016

Software developer showcases the latest version of its award-winning solution, with valuable new productivity features and enhancements, at California trade shows

D-Tools Goes On the Road to Preview System Integrator 2016

Software developer showcases the latest version of its award-winning solution, with valuable new productivity features and enhancements, at California trade shows

Estimating App for AV Integrators - Jetbuilt

Jetbuilt allows users to estimate a substantial project in minutes, not hours.

92% of Security Installers/Integrators See Home Automation as a Future Revenue Generator

Adam Bannister for IFSEC Global:  Polling the views of hundreds of installers, IFSEC Global found that 92% saw the ‘smart home’ – whereby lighting, heating, alarms and other household functions are interconnected and remotely controlled via smartphone or PC – as a potential area for diversification.

No surprise, then, that almost as many – 88% – would be more likely to attend IFSEC International if a dedicated home automation zone were introduced.

“In the top end of the market, people are spending hundreds of thousands on smart home technology,” write one installer who completed the survey. “There are a few cheap end products out there, but the most important factor here is that products can be retro-fitted and not too expensive.

“It would be great to see a security system that integrates as one package.  As far as we are aware this does not exist. We’ve been trying to push the home automation side, but are still seeking the right product.”

A similar proportion – 86% – would visit if an area dedicated to ‘smart buildings’ – essentially the same concept applied to commercial premises – area were launched.

Which is indeed what is happening, on both fronts: for the first time IFSEC International will feature a dedicated Smart Zone for its 2016 edition, comprising a replica ‘smart home’ fitted out with the latest home automation innovations from top exhibitors including Y3K, Lilin and Control 4.  Cont'd...

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