San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Melville, N.Y. — HAI by Leviton expanded its selection of home-control systems with the launch of the Omni LTe, which sits above the Omni LT in capabilities and below the Omni IIe and Omni Pro II.
Washington D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) agreed to hear a request by Liberty Media to take control of SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
Liberty saved Sirius XM from near-bankruptcy in February 2009 by agreeing to lend it up to $530 million in exchange for preferred stock that, when converted to common stock, would give it a 40 percent stake in the satellite-radio broadcaster.
New York – DTS subsidiary Phorus has developed a multizone wireless-audio technology that, for the first time, brings Apple AirPlay-like features to Android smartphones and tablets and to Amazon’s Android-based Kindle tablets.
The technology, named DTS Play-Fi, also offers some advances over AirPlay.
Indianapolis – 3vNet came to the CEDIA Expo with its first new products since it was sold off by Russound four months ago, and it outlined its strategy to grow as a stand-alone company.
The supplier of IP-controlled lighting and multi-room-audio systems is pursuing opportunities that its former owner did not, including licensing its IP to other companies and pursuing large commercial contracts, CEO Mike Anderson said during the Expo.
Indianapolis — Monster plans October shipments of its Streamcast HD wireless multi-room audio system, which uses PCs and other audio products as music sources.
The company also plans by year’s end to expand its Streamcast selection with three tabletop single-chassis speaker systems.
Indianapolis – Control4, the supplier of residential and light-commercial automation systems, has come to CEDIA Expo, here, with a new OS by the fourth quarter.
The new OS incorporates new lighting-control features, new features for light-commercial installs, and simpler programming and installation.
Indianapolis – Startup G2 Interactive (G2i) is coming to the CEDIA Expo with a mid-market cloud-based security/home-automation system.
The system targets growing consumer demand for home systems monitoring and control from mobile devices while they are away from the house, G2 said.
Indianapolis — Creston is bringing smartphone-based NFC (Near Field Communications) technology to the home-automation market customers for one-tap triggering of room settings for lighting, temperature, shades, entertainment systems and other systems connected to a Crestron automation system.
Petaluma, Calif. — Core Brands, a division of the Nortek technology solutions segment, announced the implementation of a focused management structure comprised of eight individual brand managers.
The brand management team will report directly to Paul Starkey, Core Brands marketing senior VP. The brands that make up Core Brands include Aton, BlueBolt, Elan, Furman, Niles, Panamax, Proficient, SpeakerCraft, Sunfire and Xantech.