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Control4 Buys Ihiji

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Control4 announces the acquisition of a remote management services provider-- Ihiji, providing Control4 with a one-stop shop for remote IP network and IoT ecosystem management when paired with the Pakedge BakBak portfolio.

Control4 IhijiThe deal covers certain Ihiji IP, development and support teams, and inventory. Financial details are not available.

“Connected home opportunities are emerging globally, and their individual performance, reliability, and resilience are foundational to all successful installations," Control4 says. "By combining Control4’s BakPak, with its strong network management capabilities, and Ihiji’s Invision, with its industry-leading device monitoring and management capabilities, Control4 can provide a set of unified cloud-based services to our dealers to securely and efficiently monitor end-customer systems."

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Nortek and Core Brands Merge!

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Nortek Security & Control (NSC) and Core Brands are now one integrated company, bringing together leading brands in security, home automation and audio/video with a focus on the professional installation channel.

Nortek Core BrandsHeading the combined company-- operating as NSC-- is president Mike O'Neal. Core Brands president Joe Roberts takes the role of executive VP Marketing & Innovations. It remains dedicated to developing and manufacturing smart home, security, access-control, entertainment and personal health solutions, as anchored by the 2GIG security and ELAN control platforms.

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Savant Updates Multiple Product Lines

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Savant announces the addition of new products and features included in the 8.7 software and hardware update, one complete with TrueImage for Savant Pro, coloured lighting and IP Video products.

Savant TrueImageThe Savant Pro 8 app on the iOS App Store now includes support for TrueImage, the system leveraging on Savant virtual lighting concept to allow users to experience virtual lights in any room on their mobile devices. Users can easily change dimming levels and RGB colours by tapping the virtual light. Installers or users simply need to photograph the light using the mobile device, press the button and TrueImage takes care of the rest. Speaking of TrueImage, Savant has a new line of coloured smart bulbs and LED light strips compatible with the Savant 8 app.

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New Show Initiatives at ISE 2018

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Mike Blackman at ISE 2017

Integrated Systems Europe 2018 will premier a range of new show initiatives to make the 15th edition of the world’s largest AV and systems integration show the most compelling so far.

The move has come as the show organisers Integrated Systems Events and its association co-owners AVIXA and CEDIA, focus on adding ever more value to the ISE experience.

Some of the ISE 2018 debuts include:

Launching on the day before ISE 2018 opens its doors, the TIDE (Technology. Innovation. Design. Experience.) conference, produced by AVIXA, is a one day event, which will take place at the Okura Hotel, a few minutes’ walk from the RAI Amsterdam. TIDE will explore the creative forces and business decisions shaping the AV industry and how businesses can leverage these concepts. The TIDE conference will focus on Design Thinking for Business. The conference programme will be applicable to all design professionals, end customers and AV channel delegates.

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CEDIA Holds Annual Meeting Webinar

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CEDIA announces the annual State of the Association Webinar takes place on 12 December. The event highlights achievement from 2017, shares key strategic initiatives for 2018, and discusses the 2016 audited financials.

CEDIA WebinarThe even is for both EMEA and US-based members, and features CEDIA chairperson Dennis Erskine, CEDIA treasurer Giles Sutton, CEDIA acting president and CEO Tabatha O'Connor, and VP of emerging technologies Dave Pedigo.

"The CEDIA staff has been doing terrific work and I am proud of what we have accomplished together-- from keeping tabs on legislation that could affect our industry to taking training on the road to hosting an incredibly successful show,"” Erskine says. "We look forward to sharing and celebrating accomplishments with our members and looking ahead to 2018."

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HDMI 2.1 Specification Gets Release

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The HDMI Forum announces version 2.1 of the HDMI specification-- an update promising support for a range of higher video resolutions and refresh rates, including 8K60 and 4K120.

HDMI Version 2.1 handles resolutions up to 10K, together with dynamic HDR formats. Bandwidth capability is increased to 48Gbps through a Ultra High Speed HDMI Cable able to handle uncompressed 8K video with HDR with exceptionally low EMI (electro-magnetic interference) and backwards compatibility with existing HDMI devices.

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CEDIA Announces Global Award Winners

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CEDIA AwardsOn 29 September the 2017 EMEA CEDIA Awards celebrated the excellence and professionalism of members from all regions in with the Global Awards in 3 categories, Best Home Cinema, Best Media Room and Best Integrated Home.

Hosted at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter, the event hosted 430 industry professions for an evening of networking, fine dining and toasting the award winners.

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