CEDIA 2017: Early Look at New Security and Home Automation Players – CEPro
Just scanning the CEDIA 2017 showfloor map, Iâ€™m seeing a few early themes, a bigger-than-usual presence among security vendors, and some interesting new home-automation companies. Here’s an early look at some newish players in the home-technology channel.
Nuimo by Senic
Iâ€™ve admired Nuimo from afar; now, Iâ€™ll get to admire it up-close at CEDIA. The Bluetooth-enabled slick round controller can be clicked, turned, touched and swiped to control Sonos audio and Philips Hue lighting.
Built in gesture-sensing allows the product to be controlled with an aerial wave of the hand.
Configurable LEDs on the surface provide feedback. Stick it on a wall, keep it on a table or carry it with you.
Neocontrol from Somfy
Demonstrated for the first time at CEDIA 2016, Neocontrol starts with a hub that controls devices via IR, IP, relay and Somfyâ€™s RTS wireless protocol.
Conference – Sept. 5-9
Showfloor – Sept. 7-9
San Diego Convention Center
Registration opens May 31
Early Bird ends July 24
A big funky cube is used for controlling devices. Select the device by flipping the cube to the associated side â€¦ and click away.
â€œThe art is becoming clever,â€ Neocontrol says of the â€œCubee.â€
Thereâ€™s also keypads, an app, voice control through Alexa and Google Home,
Somfy, a giant in motorized shades, acquired 51% of Neocontrol in 2012. The Brazilian home-automation company, founded in 2004, had revenues of BRL 2.3 million ($7.3 million) at the time.
Somfy has been on a smart-home tear lately, acquiring MyFox (home security and surveillance) and OpenWays (Okidokeys connected locks) in 2016, and launching the next generation of its Tahoma home-automation system.
Somfy will have its own booth as well.
Hoppe calls itself the â€œdoor and window hardware experts.â€
The company, which makes multipoint locks that are super-secure, has designs on the keyless-entry market.
Thatâ€™s all we know so far. Hereâ€™s a case study on a Hoppe installation featuring keyless electronic multipoint locking for a home â€“ â€œa first-time application for North America,â€ according to product manager Matt Taylor.
Youâ€™re going to see a lot of electronic door locks at CEDIA. Igloohome is one of them. The company has at least one very interesting thing going for it: a keybox lock that is the simplest ever retrofit product for electronic access.
It sits on the door knob — just like the key boxes Realtors use — and it houses the mechanical key to the door. How simple is that?
Ostensibly the product is marketed to rental hosts, but thereâ€™s no reason it couldnâ€™t be used for traditional remote access.
Igloohome also has a â€œtraditionalâ€ Bluetooth door lock and a mortice-lock version is coming soon.
Ostensibly, Nice is an access-control company that makes â€œsystems for the automation of gates, garage doors and road barriers.â€
Interestingly, Nice may very well have made a better garage-door system, even though they are not likely to highlight that solution at CEDIA.
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