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A British Standard for Smart Home

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The British Standards Institution (BSI) and CEDIA propose a new British Standard Publicly Available Specification (PAS) for smart home wiring, and are currently looking for input from the industry.

British standardTitled "Design and Installation of Telecommunications and Broadcast Infrastructure within the Home," the standard gives recommendations for the design and installation of domestic wiring infrastructure for digital services delivery, based on the requirements of BS EN50173 and BS EN50174. It is designed to be suitable for use within single residential dwellings and most homes of multiple occupations.

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Honeywell Expands Lyric Control Platform

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Honeywell announces an addition to the Lyric security and home control platform-- the Lyric Gateway, a means allowing customers customers to control security and automation systems remotely via mobile devices.

Honeywell LyricThe Lyric Gateway comes complete with desk stand, and serves as a central hub for the entire Lyric platform. Control of all connected devices, including the Lyric Round thermostat, Total Connect cameras and Z-Wave enabled devices, comes through the companion Total Connect Remote Services app.

Honeywell promises easy installation via either ethernet or wifi, and backup radio communications eliminate the need for urgent dealer response in case of communication protocol changes. The radio is also user-replaceable, adding more flexibility while reducing the dispatching of service technicians.

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Control4 Gets Russound, Cabasse Drivers

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Control4 home automation systems gain control of more audio systems with drivers for Russound and Cabasse products, simplifying integration with the popular control platform.

Russound soundbaseThe drivers are compatible with the Russound MCA-66, MCA-88 and the streamer equipped MCA-88X controller amplifiers, as well as the XZon4 four-zone multi-room amplifier and the legacy X5 and DMS3.1 streams. The result allows Control4 installers to specify Russound multiroom audio products in their systems.

As for Cabasse systems, the drivers provide two-way control of the Stream whole house audio streaming range, including the StreamBASE and StreamBAR soundbase and soundbar, via TCP/IP. Discrete preset selection lets users choose music from the Control4 interface, while comprehensive metadata feedback enhances the user experiences and adds instant synchronisation with other applications.

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Elgato Intros HomeKit-Enabled Eve Motion Sensor

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Elgato Eve MotionElgato announces the Eve Motion-- an Apple HomeKit-enabled wireless motion sensor customers can place anywhere in the house, indoor or outdoors, thanks to IPX 3 water resistance.

The Eve Motion is a small, square-shaped device able to pair with other HomeKit accessories via Bluetooth LE, with no bridge/hub device required. It runs on x2 AA batteries, has a 120-degree field of view and 9m range, with response time of 2 seconds.

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Samsung Joins Leviton in Automation Bundle

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Samsung SmartThings and Leviton join forces in the name of a "powerful yet affordable" home automation bundle-- one featuring a SmartThings, Hub, Leviton VRMX Z-Wave dimmer and a Leviton VRS15 Z-Wave switch.

Leviton SmartthingsDubbed the STKIT-000, the package is ideal for customers wanting to dip their toes into the possibilities of connected home devices through  smart lighting control. The SmartThings Hub carries both Z-Wave and ZigBee chipsets, allowing integration with a wide variety of devices, as well as control through 3rd party services such as Google Home and Amazon Alexa.

Of course integration with Leviton control devices comes as standard, and the use of mesh networking technologies allows for installations in larger homes with dozens of integrated attachment devices for whole house automation.

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Control4 Gets Google Home Integration

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Control4 Google HomControl4 users get another voice control option-- following the recent announcement of Alexa integration Google Home and Pixel products are next, via the power of IFTTT and a Chowmain-developed driver.

Such integration is impressive, considering a Google voice-recognition API will only be available come December 2016. However it is possible through IFTTT and its Google Assistant "channel." The Chowmain IFTTT driver for Control4 allows Google Home and Pixel devices to pass through commands and variables to Control4 home automation systems, meaning users can control connected devices through voice commands.

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The HomeKit-Enabled Apache Fan

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Hunter Fan announces a HomeKit-enabled wifi-connected ceiling fan-- the Apache, a second such fan from the company following the Signal, an offering first seen back at CES 2016.

Apache fanHomeKit connectivity allows users to remotely control fans either individually or within groups via Home app or Siri on iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch. Customers can also set groups of HomeKit-enabled products able to work together according to triggers, so the fan light can switch on when the fire alarm detects smoke, or automatically turn on the fan light when the front doors are locked.

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