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Control4 Launches New Zigbee Smart Thermostat

Control4 Thermostat

Control4 home automation has always had a smart thermostat to integrate with its home automation system, and for a long time has supported third-party wireless thermostats as well (yes, Nest too). At the ISE 2015 conference in Amsterdam the company is (finally) launching a home-grown successor to its original smart thermostat that controls virtually all functions of any HVAC system. The new wireless, ZigBee-based thermostat is being launched in conjunction with Control4’s new OS 2.7, which dramatically improves the “Comfort Control” experience for users with simple (and pretty) at-a-glance controls. Control4 teamed with Aprilaire to develop the latest iteration of Control4’s decade-old original model. The key features of the new product are:

1. It works with the vast majority of popular HVAC systems worldwide, including radiant heating, split HVAC, dual fuel and geothermal systems.

2. It provides user-accessible humidity controls

3. It is “more reliable” than the 10-year-old Control4 model, says Paul Williams, VP lighting and comfort products for Control4.

4. Let’s face it, the thermostat is not a thing of beauty. Hide it in a closet and use remote temperature sensors instead.

A Better Interface
The thing about a thermostat that can control such a vast array of features for a wide range of HVAC systems is that it can be quite confusing. So Control4 “went back to drawing board,” says Williams. “People are often intimidated by thermostats. How do we simplify the experience?” A better interface, enabled by Control4’s new OS 2.7, was born.

Control4 started working through its UI with OS 2.6 introduced last year, starting with a vastly improved interface for pool and spa controls. Now Control4 is taking the same experience to HVAC systems. The UI features an intuitive dial interface for quick access to all comfort functions, including temperature, heat/cool setpoints, thermostat mode, fan speed and humidity levels, as well as access to new configurable presets. There’s a colored ring in the center of the screen that glows orange in heating mode and blue in AC mode. Furthermore, solid blue dots in the ring indicate the system is humidifying; outlined dots indicate dehumidification. Two tear drops around the ring can be dragged into place to establish heating (red) and cooling (blue) setpoints. Importantly, consumers themselves can configure their own HVAC scenes, incorporating temperature, humidifaction and other related settings. They then can incorporate these settings into more global schedules and scenes, such as “away.” Previously, only the integrator could create HVAC scenes. Control4 plans to provide end users with more ways to configure their home automation systems without requiring intervention from an integrator.

Posted by ryan Mon, 16 Feb 2015 17:43:00 GMT

Baldwin® Wireless Locks now Crestron Connected®

Baldwin Wireless Locks

Crestron is proud to offer Baldwin wirelessly-controlled door locks as part of our growing list of Crestron Connected devices. Long renowned for superior craftsmanship and style, Baldwin Locks are now available with our infiNET EX® wireless technology built-in, allowing seamless integration with a Crestron control system. Homeowners can lock/unlock doors remotely from their favorite mobile devices and Crestron touch screens, or manually using a keypad or key (depending on model). Baldwin locks can also be set to automatically relock after 30 seconds.

Personalized access

With the new Baldwin Locks, homeowners can personalize access to their residence(s) for family members, guests, contractors, and staff. The system can also monitor door position, battery status, and alarm status. What’s more, the locks can be integrated into automation scenes; for instance, when the door is locked/unlocked, the Crestron system can simultaneously turn lights on/off, adjust shades and temperature, and set the alarm.

More than just entry doors

Wireless door locks are great for all front, side, and rear doors, but there are many interior door applications as well. Add keyless entry and increased security to home offices, private reserve cellars, and equipment closets – without the hassle of carrying keys around the house.

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Posted by ryan Thu, 15 Jan 2015 00:07:00 GMT

Google's Nest announces new integrations with more 'smart home' devices and services -- AppAdvice

Nest

 

Nestthe “smart home” company acquired by Google for $3.2 billion a year ago, has just announced a number of new integrations for its “Works with Nest” program, including ones that work with locks, lights, and even washers.

Officially launched in June last year, Works with Nest allows other companies and developers to tap into the Nest platform to enhance their home automation solutions. Essentially, it enables various devices and services to work with the Nest Learning Thermostat and the Nest Protectsmoke and carbon monoxide detector.

 

Nest is set to showcase its latest Works with Nest integrations at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2015). And ahead of its participation in the trade show, which is scheduled to be held in Las Vegas from Jan. 6 to 9, the company has previewed some of these integrations, as follows:

  • August Smart Lock – August Smart Lock can set your Nest Thermostat to Home when you unlock your door and immediately start warming or cooling the house. Lock your door on the way out and it will set your Nest Thermostat to Away to help you save energy.
  • Chargepoint – If you’re signed up for Nest Rush Hour Rewards, your thermostat can let your charging station know when energy is in high demand so you can avoid charging your car when electricity is most expensive.
  • Kwikset Kevo – Kevo Smart Lock tells your Nest Thermostat who’s home and what temperatures they like. It also helps Nest know when no one’s home so your thermostat doesn’t waste energy.
  • Ooma – Ooma VOIP home phone service works with Nest to learn when you come and go. So if something unexpected happens – like your kid doesn’t come home from school on time – it can send an alert to your phone.
  • Philips Hue – When Nest Protect senses something’s wrong, your Hue lights can flash on and off to get your attention.
  • Whirlpool – Your Nest Thermostat can let your washer and dryer know when you’re home and they will automatically switch to quiet mode.
  • Withings – Go to sleep and your Withings Sleep System will set your Nest Thermostat to a comfortable nighttime temperature. Wake up and it will tell Nest you’re ready to start the day.
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Posted by ryan Mon, 05 Jan 2015 19:47:00 GMT

Crestron Pyng Puts YOU in Control

Pyng, the newest addition to Crestron home controls, now allows you to make program scheduling changes yourself without waiting for your programmer! The newest addition to the Crestron line allows adjustments to lighting, shades, climate, and security right from your iPad. Having a party and want a scene specifically for the one night? No problem, Pyng it! Feel like your house could be a little more cozy now that it’s colder outside? Pyng it! Pyng brings your home control to your fingtertips for the easiest, most convenient system yet. Learn more at the links below, or give us a call!

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Posted by ryan Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:45:00 GMT

My Favorite (A/V!) Things From 2013

At Electronic House we are lucky to be exposed to the best new technology and most impressive. In the spirit of Julie Andrews’ rendition of “My Favorite Things” (or Carrie Underwood if you prefer) from The Sound of Music, we bring you our favorite things from 2013.

LISA MONTGOMERY:

Homes

Sophisticated Library Includes Hidden Lighting Controls I love it when custom electronics professionals get creative, and the book spine that was fitted with buttons for controlling the room’s lights is the epitome of thinking outside the box.

Smart Glass Creates a Home Office Hideout It’s not often we run across a home where smartglass has been integrated into a control system. Here, a curved wall of glass goes from clear to frosty when a button on a Lutron keypad is pressed.

Frosted office

NetZero Home Gets 600 LEDs Controlled by an Automation System To me, a story about an automated home is always more interesting when the owner of the house is intimately involved in the project. In this story, the owner was not only involved … he actually built a product that would expand the functionality of his professionally installed home automation system.

Trends

5 Up and Coming Technologies for the Home It’s fun to look into the future ball of home technologies, and this story does just that.

WiFi Strengthens its Position as a Home Control Protocol I always like cheering for the underdog, and in this story I do give a big hurrah to Wi-Fi, as it makes inroads as a very viable home control platform.

Integrated Control Vs. Multiple Apps for Home Automation Smartphone and downloadable apps have had huge implications in the home control marketplace. This story investigates the advantages and disadvantages of using apps to rule your house.

Products

Super Shading Solutions Get Motorized Of all the electronic systems available to the home, motorized shading is one of my favorites, mostly due to the fact that shades look about as low-tech as a throw pillow. Add a motor to them, though, and they can do some amazing things. This story discusses what’s possible.

High-Definition Artwork for Your TV This story came to my by surprise. I received a very well written email about a new technology that solves a very real problem facing anyone who owns a flat-panel TV: what to do with the screen to make it look better when the TV is off. This solution, unlike many others, is super affordable, easy to implement and lets you change the look of your static TV screen on a whim.

TV Art

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Posted by ryan Tue, 24 Dec 2013 21:29:00 GMT

Control4 Hardwired Centralized Lighting Control System is Here

New ‘panelized’ hardwired lighting control system is the first for Control4, best known for its wireless home automation systems.

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It took a few years for Control4 —best known for wireless home automation—to perfect its first ever hardwired centralized lighting system but “it’s really here,” says Paul Williams, VP of security and communications products. The system, which Control4 calls “panelized” lighting, was shown in its finished form at ISE 2013 in Amsterdam in January. The solution is Ethernet-based, readily integrated into an IP-enabled automation ecosystem.

The panels and termination blocks are “ready to go,” says Williams, “so dealers can start spec’ing it.”

Control4 added a few niceties to the system since it debuted a few years ago, including some features you don’t see in every hardwired lighting control.

The new lighting system is available in both U.S.-centric panel configurations and European DIN rail mounting.

The system can operate from 120V to 277V allowing it to operate worldwide in commercial and residential applications.

Control4 Panelized lighting control system

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Posted by ryan Tue, 02 Apr 2013 16:56:00 GMT

Lutron Demos Energy-Saving Motion Sensor Switches, LED/CFL Dimmers, and More on Fox

by Dennis Burger on April 26, 2012 at 3:12 pm



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Our pal Melissa Andresko from Lutron appeared on Fox Tech Take this week to show off the company’s C•L dimmers, which are notable for their ability to smoothly, reliably, and consistently control dimmable compact fluorescent and LED bulbs as well as old-school incandescents and halogen bulbs. Also on display is Lutron’s new Maestro occupancy/vacancy sensor, as well as those cellular shades you might remember me geeking out about at last year’s CEDIA Expo.



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Posted by chantal Wed, 30 May 2012 16:07:00 GMT

High-Tech Helps Save Energy at one of Subways First Eco-Restaurants

Control4 Press Release

Control4 automation solutions and Eragy energy management lower utility bills to pay for the system in just three years.

Salt Lake City, UT – April 5, 2012 – A new, high-tech Subway franchise in Kokomo, Indiana recently received the state’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) commercial project certification thanks in part to a Control4 automation system. As part of Subway’s Eat Fresh, Live Green™ Eco-Restaurant initiative, the restaurant earned accolades for its use of intelligent automation technology for saving energy and for its green-building methodologies.

George Estep, franchisee of the newly opened Subway, had experienced the sting of his monthly electricity bills at his other restaurants and knew that building a “green” restaurant was about more than just recycled construction materials and native plantings. “Rising utility expenses were a factor in deciding to make this location a showcase of energy efficiency,” stated Estep.

Estep teamed up with Brandon Pitcher, Chief Sustainability Officer at Indiana-based real estate development firm, Fortune Management, who presented a vision for a store that was high-tech, economically sound and environmentally conscious. Pitcher then commissioned Huston Electric to create a fully automated lighting, HVAC, and occupancy sensor-driven system powered by Control4 that would allow the building to act and react automatically to predetermined commands.

The building was fit with programmable light switches, thermostats, motion sensors, daylight sensors, and an eGauge energy monitoring device that communicates wirelessly with the Control4 system. The processes were then automated so interior and exterior lights would switch on and off based on pre-set opening and closing hours, bathroom and kitchen lights function based upon occupancy, and two exterior light level sensors harvest daylight to automatically conserve power. When the sensors reach a set percentage of light, near 60%, the dining room lights on the side room will shut off, thereby “harvesting” the natural light coming into the dining area. Thermostats were also programmed to rise or drop automatically based on business hours alongside an in-ceiling ERV air recovery unit also controlled through a Control4 switch. A monitor in the lobby displays the Control4 navigator with the Eragy App in real time, acting both as an education and informational display tool.

In order to measure the project goal of a return on investment within 36 months, Huston turned to Eragy, a leading provider of smart energy software applications and services, to monitor the building’s overall power usage. The Eragy system monitors electrical loads throughout the restaurant so that energy usage can be tracked and accessed remotely, allowing the restaurant staff to quickly understand projected monthly energy costs even before they get their bill, and make prior adjustments as needed.

Being able to monitor and record the shops’ energy savings allows Estep to track just how much money he is saving on his monthly electric bill. The energy savings alone is projected, at its current rate, to pay for the system in just over 2 1/2 years – sooner than their original goal. At that point, the energy savings becomes additional profit to the business’ bottom line.

“Control4 and Eragy allowed us to combine high tech with a positive environmental impact,” stated Huston’s Nate Cushman. “By organizing the different systems to work together, we’ve created effortless control with environmental consciousness that allows this Subway location to monetize their energy savings.”

The store displays the energy usage on a large monitor for customers to enjoy and discuss. “We invested in an intelligent system because it made solid economic sense,” said Pitcher. “We went public with Eragy’s Watts On Now! app to expose customers and staff to the real world energy usage it takes to make a Subway operate. We want our store to provide creative and interactive experiences to our customers so they gain an understanding about economic and environmental issues.”

“Eco-restaurants reflect our commitment to social responsibility and sustainability,” said Marketing Director Elizabeth Stewart, who heads the Subway brand’s corporate social responsibility efforts. “We have pledged to make our restaurants and operations more environmentally responsible and it’s exciting when a franchisee takes this level of effort with their restaurant. They set a great example of just what can be done.”

With today’s affordable technology solutions, even small restaurants and businesses can deliver a high-tech experience to customers, while also enjoying energy savings.

Posted by chantal Fri, 06 Apr 2012 22:34:00 GMT

Introducing the Card Access Sub Zero Smart Appliance Module for use with your Control4 System!

It’s a long-held stereotype that beauty and brains don’t go together. Well, not anymore. Introducing the Card Access™ Sub-Zero® / Wolf® Smart Appliance Module™. This new product from Card Access gives the beautiful Sub-Zero BI-Series of refrigerators the needed brains for integration with the award-winning Control4® home control system.

Underneath the Sub-Zero BI-Series’ refrigerators are several advanced technologies that work together as a comprehensive food preservation system that provides you with fresh, wholesome food and water in ways no other appliance can.

The Card Access Smart Appliance Module combines these advanced appliance features with the capabilities of Control4 to monitor:

  • refrigerator door / freezer door open and close states
  • refrigerator and freezer temperature set points
  • ice maker on/off state
  • Max Ice Mode on/off state
  • Pure Air on/off state
  • water filter useful life (displayed as a percentage)

And set a variety of refrigerator operating modes including:

  • Short and Long Vacation Mode
  • High Use Mode
  • Sabbath Mode
  • Normal Mode
  • Night Ice
  • Heat Store

The free Card Access Sub-Zero Smart Appliance app–available for download from Control4’s 4Store™–gives Navigator access to these refrigerator features.

You can now take advantage of the combination of these two systems to receive alerts, throw a better party, or vacation with greater convenience and peace of mind… All with a little help from Control4 and Card Access.

Who says you can’t have beauty and brains in a single package?

Posted by chantal Mon, 19 Mar 2012 16:20:00 GMT

The Importance of Being Illuminated

Published Feb 23, 2012 By KARYN ELLIOTT



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A lighting design practice integrates the arts, sciences and business of illumination design and implementation far beyond concerns of visibility. Putting the enhancement of beauty aside for a moment, in the average home, 25 percent of all the electricity we use is for lighting and small appliances, such as TVs, VCRs and stereos.

One-half of that is wasted by inefficient lighting sources or careless consumers. Residential has long been the ugly duckling of lighting design, it has been incandescent-based and completely unsophisticated for decades.

It’s not about buying expensive light fittings; it’s about having quality in your living space. It’s not always the case that where the money’s being spent is where the best design happens. Thoughtful lighting design can play a crucial role when it comes to the comfort, quality and energy efficiency of your home’s lighting.

Here are a few principals of home lighting. First, get a certified lighting designer involved. No matter how much you take the following suggestions and points to heart you will want a qualified professional to assist you in implementing them.

The most important thing to realize is that human visual performance depends as much on the quality of light in a home as it does on the quantity of light.


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Posted by chantal Fri, 09 Mar 2012 17:37:00 GMT