ThinkFlood Launches RedEye Pro Home Control System

  • Posted on: 5 April 2011
  • By: chw staff

ThinkFlood the developers of the RedEye control systems today launches the RedEye Pro a networked home automation processor capable of whole-house control along with an updated version of its RedEye universal remote control. The RedEye Pro comes with additional connectivity so that it can control more devices across multiply rooms, and controllable from a choice of smart devices and PC.

Frostdale Nanogrid Wireless Switch Won Red Dot Award

  • Posted on: 16 March 2011
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

Frostdale, a manufacturer of home automation and energy management solutions for residential and commercial buildings has been awarded the red dot award: product design award for its Nanogrid Wireless Switches.  The Nanogrid Wireless Switch was among the 4,433 products from designers and companies from 60 countries. The switches are Z-Wave compatible* so they can be integrated with other connected appliances in the home to offer users more flexibility and better user experience.

CABA Joins Automation Federation (AF)

  • Posted on: 14 March 2011
  • By: chw staff

CABA, an international, non-profit industry association dedicated to the advancement of intelligent home and intelligent building technologies and The Automation Federation (AF) have signed a memorandum of membership initiating CABA as one of the newest members of the Automation Federation. As a member of the AF, CABA will work with other AF members to collaborate on best practices, new technology, educational development and dedication to improving the working environment of the automation profession.

Crestron Shipping Prodigy Systems: PMC3 and PMC3-XP

  • Posted on: 17 February 2011
  • By: chw staff

Crestron has announced that they are now shipping their next generation of Prodigy control systems, the PMC3 and PMC3-XP. An upgrade from the PMC2 the new models especially the PMC3-XP controls even more devices in the home. These new models even make it the first time that Prodigy can support the full Crestron product line, creating even more possibilities for the connected home. The PMC3 range allows home owners to start their home automation with simple home audio and wireless lighting control and grow the system later if they wish.

Control4 Embarks on $25m Funding Round

  • Posted on: 8 February 2011
  • By: chw staff

Control4 is going through another round of funding, according to news out today they are currently embarking on a US$25m funding round.  The company is now moving in the energy management solutions market as an addition to its already established home control solutions. Investors associated with the funding include Frazier Technology Ventures, vSpring Capital and Thomas Weisel Venture Partners.

Savant 16-Channel Multi-room Digital Audio Amplifier

  • Posted on: 2 February 2011
  • By: chw staff

Savant Systems, the developer of the first Apple-based home automation and control system, has introduced a 16-channel class D amplifier  for distributed audio applications, called the AMP-1640.  The AMP-1640 is in direct response to market demand for a multi-room audio amplifier that leverages Savant’s elegant industrial design, delivering the same look and feel as Savant’s other rack mountable devices. AMP-1640 is the ideal solution when paired with Savant’s multi-room audio products and can be placed either on a shelf or within an equipment rack.

Palmchip AcurX51 and Palm8051 Core Targets Smart Grid

  • Posted on: 24 January 2011
  • By: chw staff

Palmchip has release a new AcurX51 SoC platform for the smart grid connectivity and home area network (HAN) solutions industry. The new AcurX51 is based on a customised version of the Intel 8051 processor core, which allows it to fit into environment that already has existing 8051 software tools.  It was designed with the green and smart grid community in mind; it is energy efficient, low cost and enables devices to be remotely managed.

European Home Automation Markets to Reach €228M in 2015

  • Posted on: 20 January 2011
  • By: chw staff

Research done by Frost & Sullivan has found that developments in adjacent sectors have created opportunities for Home Automation to Reach a wider audience. Also, from an estimated earning of €164.3 million in 2010; they estimated that the home automation market will reach €228.7 million by 2015.  The research highlights the effect of tablet PCs, smartphones and how other technology advances has created innovative and affordable systems that reach a more extensive customer base.

LG THINQ Sets The Lead For Smart Home Appliances

  • Posted on: 17 January 2011
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

A CES this month LG demonstrated its THINQ Line of smart home appliances; they are smart grid aware, offer smart diagnosis, food management, smart access and smart adapt.  The LG THINQ range which includes refrigerators, ovens, washing machines and robotic vacuum cleaners allow homeowners to manage them through a smart Network.  They also help users to make smart decisions about energy use when they to use these THINQ appliances.

Control4 InfinityEdge Home Control Platform Coming to ISE 2011

  • Posted on: 11 January 2011
  • By: chw staff

The InfinityEdge along with a host of Control4 home control applications are coming to ISE 2011 (Europe's premier electronic systems integration show). The InfinityEdge in-wall touchscreen home automation platform allows you to connect and manage all networked smart devices in your home. Coupled with Control4’s line of management software you can control your lighting, movies, energy, security, temperature, music and more from a wide range of devices in Control4 enabled homes.