AVSystemsMag eMagazine<br>Feb / Mar 2015

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Upcoming Tradeshow, Conference & Exhibition Summary April, May, June 2015

03/16/15, Brandon Hetherington for, AVSystemsMag
Here is a summary of what Tradeshows, Conferences & Exhibitions to look forward to in the coming months.

Best in Texas: Trolls Love Vague Patents, Friendly Courts
03/16/15, THE Insider 
Patent trolls aren't ugly things. Nope they're just good ol boys who know where the best house is in Texas and just go back again and again and...

The Smart Home Library - Who, What, Where and How!

03/02/15, Compiled by , HomeToys / AVSystemsMag
A compilation of some of the companies, systems and products vying for dominance in your smart home.

Wireless Communication Standards for the Internet of Things
03/02/15, Cees Links, GreenPeak Technologies
What does the future hold? Is this going to be a real industry battle or is there going to be reconciliation?

NEXCOM Fuses Digital & Physical Retail with Responsive Store Solutions
03/02/15, Khang Pham, NEXCOM
Responsive stores cover all aspects of shopping experience from entrance to exit. They can be divided into digital shopping carts, digital shelf management system, in-store intelligent video system, virtual fitting room, and experience centers.

Siri, Meet Hue: How to Use Apple's Siri to Activate Your Philips Hue Lights 
03/02/15, Jennifer Tuohy for, The Home Depot
While there are automated solutions available that will turn your Wi-Fi enabled lights on and off at pre-set times or based on other actions occurring, sometimes you just want to say, "Lights, turn off " and have it happen.

Video Is An Important Part Of Education

02/16/15, Len Calderone for, AVSystemsMag
Because of the expanded interest in using video in educational environments, there are many opportunities for video producers to use their talents to create films that have educational value.

A Brief Technology Overview of the Lighting Control Marketplace
02/16/15, Contributed by, Simply Automated
Doing a Google search for ‘home automation’ or ‘lighting control’ can many times lead to confusion, resulting in head scratching ‘chaos’, given the information provided blogs, trade publications, hobbyists, and DIYers, many times provides incomplete and sometimes incorrect information.

Too Much of the Cloud Could be Bad for You, Your Business
02/16/15, THE Insider 
The problem is the iNet was never built for security but for information exchange. Then people found out they could do other neat stuff like shopping, sharing, posting, tweeting and selfiing.

​Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2015 Tradeshow Report

02/02/15, Prepared by, HomeToys featuring AVSystemsMag
Here are a bunch of press releases from exhibitors at the show --- be sure to add yours.

Creating a Digital Signage Network: Design, Management & Operations

02/02/15, Janna Rider, Dairy Queen Corp.
If considering a digital signage network for your business, I offer the same advice that I give to my kids: Do your homework.

What’s More Important: Color Accuracy and Contrast or Brightness in Conference Room Presentations?

02/02/15, Contributed by, Insight Media & Benq
These test results find that that higher contrast and color accuracy can produce an image that is preferred by those surveyed.

A True Smart Home Automation Solution
02/02/15, Mohan Vellanki, Orvito
A true home automation is not about offering a singular solution for access control or temperature control; it is about an integrated platform that unifies devices, mobile applications, cloud services and data analytics, with an overlay of a consistent, easy-to-use interface.

Second Look: Virtually There, Fly-bys, Friendly Bots, Something from Nothin
02/02/15, THE Insider 
CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is like fine dining. It is best to be tasted, eaten, consumed slowly but unfortunately that's impossible because it is like a limited time giant buffet.

Peerless-AV Case Study
02/02/15, Contributed by, Peerless-AV
NYC real estate company hires ESSENTIALCOM and Peerless-AV® to create a transparent lobby in hopes to bring the outside views, in.

Three Hometoys Related Kickstarters
01/14/15, L Hetherington for, Hometoys
SPIN remote - The Simplest, most Stylish remote ever / TOG: The Ultra-Small Bluetooth Enabled Button / iCamPRO FHD

Upcoming Tradeshow, Conference & Exhibition Summary 
March, April, May 2015

01/14/15, Brandon Hetherington for, AVSystemsMag
Looking ahead to the spring April is jam packed with great events here in North America and abroad. ISC West promises to be bigger and better then ever as new technology continues to change the home security market at a furious pace.

Ever Given Thought to the Wiring for your Speakers?
01/14/15, Contributed by, Copper Alliance
In rooms like the kitchen, where people are always moving about, there is no fixed location for listening and in this case it makes more sense to opt for a less complex mono connection rather than 2 stereo speakers.

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Smart Home Interviews

Smart Home Interview - Simply Automated

03/16/15, Millard Schewe, Simply Automated
Any products that can output an RS-232 serial string can utilize UPB devices. In fact there is a software tool, the “UPB Command Wizard”, to help write UPB serial strings (i.e. drivers).

Smart Home Interview - Insteon
03/16/15, Contributed by, Insteon
Insteon uses a dual-band signal, or mesh network, which communicates to devices simultaneously via radio waves and a home’s existing electrical wiring.

Smart Home Interview - Neurio
03/16/15, Contributed by, Neurio
Once the Neurio Sensor is installed on an electrical panel, it sends the data via WiFi to the secure cloud where the smart algorithms identify the unique power pattern by each device in real-time to tell whether a specific appliance is in use or off, and how much energy it consumes.

Smart Home Interview - LifeSmart
03/16/15, Contributed by, LifeSmart
Currently LifeSmart communicates with IKAIR through Cloud protocol, and communicates with SONOS & Phillips hue through LAN protocol

Smart Home Interview - D-Link Systems

03/02/15, Gil Ines, D-Link Systems
A majority of our Connected Home products are Wi-Fi based so they work with any Wi-Fi home network.

Smart Home Interview - SmartenIt

03/02/15, Al Choperena, SmartenIt
One distinguishing feature of our company’s offering is that there is no subscription fee, service fee, or system installation requirement for using the hardware or connection capability.

Smart Home Interview - Fantem Oomi
03/02/15, Colin Marshall, Fantem Oomi
For set-up we use NFC technology. This makes setting-up and expanding an Oomi system incredibly easy, as a user simply has to tap the controller against the accessory to connect it to the system.

Smart Home Interview - OKIDOKEYS
03/02/15, Brian Boston, OKIDOKEYS
OKIDOKEYS devices allow you to lock and unlock home doors, garage doors or gates with any smartphones, cell phones and secure smart keys.

Smart Home Interview - Wink
03/02/15, Brett Worthington, Vice President & General Manager , Wink
The Wink Hub consolidates existing protocols into one so that whether or not the smart thermostat you have your eye on runs on Zigbee or Bluetooth LE doesn't matter.

Smart Home Interview - Blackloud
03/02/15, Contributed by, Blackloud
Once connected the app then uses our cloud system to connect you to your home from anywhere in the world.

HomePlug AV2 MIMO - Advanced Powerline Networking

02/16/15, Rob Ranck for, The HomePlug Alliance
HomePlug AV2 MIMO fulfills the promise of powerline networking delivering 100BaseT class service over the home’s powerlines and truly makes the powerline a high bandwidth backbone for the hybrid home network to deliver Ultra HD Video and IoT applications as well as extend Wi-Fi coverage to all areas of the home

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Video a GoGo: More Good Video Choices Coming Out on More Devices

01/14/15, THE Insider 
With the dearth of mobile apps available, the majority of digital media consumed today is on mobile devices.

Popularity of the Newest CE Products

01/07/15, Jennifer Sikora, CivicScience
The data from the CivicScience InsightStore™ provides some strong research insights into consumer awareness, sentiment, and intent toward many emerging consumer products – and in this report, we highlight some of those findings to coincide with CES 2015.

CES and the Smart Home

01/14/15, Len Calderone for, AVSystemsMag
Smart homes should be able to automatically adapt to your wants and needs, so you don’t have to think about them if you don’t want to.

2015 International CES Tradeshow Report

01/06/15, Brandon Hetherington for, HomeToys.com
The HomeToys Team has scoured the news pages and product announcements to bring you a neatly compiled list of some of the new and interesting products we think are important to the Home Technology and AV Systems industry now being branded as the "Smart Home".

CES 2015 Special News Report

01/05/15, HomeToys.com News team 
The show is on and news is pouring in. Exhibitors are welcome to publish CES 2015 show news here at any time.

New Hollywood: Two Factions Are Making M&E Better, More Available

01/05/15, THE Insider 
The expensive budget-busting films that folks stole from Sony are only a small part of today's video entertainment. More than 200 hours of quality (and garbage) video every minute are uploaded to sites around the web.

The Power of Smart Lighting – The Best and Brightest Wireless Bulbs
01/05/15, Jennifer Tuohy for, The Home Depot
While home automation industry veterans may view some of the tricks the newest offerings in the smart lighting space can perform as just that—not-so-cheap tricks—the inescapable fact is that they are helping drive mass-consumer adoption of home automation, which is what will ultimately make all of our home automation dreams come true.

Once More: Eliminate User and Security Breaches, Hacks Will Be Solved
01/05/15, THE Insider 
There are things you can do every day to protect your stuff from evil doers even if you use their Cloud. Be a little paranoid combined with a big dose of common sense/diligence. That includes helping your company protect its vital and sensative information.

 

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