Internet of Things

Lagotek on Lookout for Dealers
August 29, 2006

Lagotek Corporation plans to hang out its shingle at this year’s CEDIA expo. The home automation company is seeking international and domestic dealers for its line of home control, HVAC, distributed audio, surveillance, irrigation and security system solutions. The company looks to take advantage of what it forsees as the dropping price of home automation to a more affordable price point. Explains Lagotek President Ron Risdon, “Home automation will become a major profit center for CEDIA dealers in 2007 and beyond. Major homebuilders are beginning to offer home automation as an option for their customers.” Lagotek CEO Eugene Luskin adds,

ELAN Lays Out Training Program
August 10, 2006

On the heels of a sold-out, week-long training program in Las Vegas, Nev. in July, ELAN Home Systems has announced regularly scheduled full-scale training to be held at sister company Linear’s headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif. The new program will serve as the West Coast arm of the current bi-monthly training at the company’s headquarters in Lexington, Ky. Said Paul Starkey, ELAN’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, “We believe it is of utmost importance to maximize the number of training opportunities we can offer, and have recognized a growing need to reach more of our Dealers throughout the country with our

Life|ware Enhances Home Automation
July 28, 2006

Exceptional Innovations (EI) recently announced the software launch of Life|ware 1.0.1, a software component that compliments, but is not limited to, the touch panels and system controllers they are producing for home automation. The product integrates with Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 to support MCE-based installations while remaining hardware neutral. In addition to EI’s Life|touch, the software runs on a Media Center PC, digital entertainment center or Media Center extender. Life|ware uses the cross-platform Web Services for Devices (WSD) standard to communicate between systems. Each of these aspects is intended to make the product flexible and scalable, instead of

Retail 2006: A Mixed Bag?
March 1, 2006

The backdrop of another PMA provides a perfect time for the imaging industry to take stock of what is going on economically with their customer base and, more specifically, their spending potential as all this new product readies for rollout. The National Retail Federation (NRF) recently concluded their annual Big Show at the Javits Center in New York and among the many retail technology headlines that came out of that show the NRF also released their Retail Outlook 2006 report. The retail research organization is painting a cautious picture for the 2006 consumer retail shopping outlook, claiming that high energy costs, modest wage increases