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Automation Suppliers Eye Alexa

SEATTLE – Amazon will let manufacturers of CE and other products tap into its Alexa cloud-based voice service, which debuted in Amazon’s Echo smart speaker.

Companies will be able to integrate the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) into any Internet-connected devices with a speaker and microphone for free with only a few lines of code, the company said. Wink, ToyMail and Scout Alarm have already announced plans to integrate Alexa.

Wink will use AVS to let consumers monitor and control its home-automation system, while Scout Alarm sees customers using their voice to arm their system or remotely monitor their home.

Amazon’s $179 Echo is a 9.25-inch-tall cylindrical speaker with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and omnidirectional audio output. Users issue voice commands to access music- streaming services and get news, weather, sports, traffic and the like delivered by voice. It also enables voice control of Belkin WeMo and Philips Hue homeautomation devices as well as home-automation devices that use the IFTTT service.

Having A Legrand Time

MIDDLETOWN, PA. – Legrand launched its first home-automation system intended for production-home builders serving mid-market home builders. The Intuity system is the company’s first system controllable from an app.

It offers modular expandability and accommodates Legrand’s wired and wireless subsystems as well as third-party Z-Wave subsystems. C Legrand subsystems include On-Q IP cameras, video door entry and intercom, RFLC lighting systems, and On-Q multi-room digital audio system.

A basic Intuity system costs a suggested $1,389.

Millennials Embrace Smart Homes

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — Millennials are more aware of home-automation products and more interested in buying them than the population as a whole, an NPD Group survey found.

Millennials are also twice as likely to own home-automation products compared to the entire population, NPD said.

Twenty-three percent of millennials have already installed at least one home-automation product compared to 12 percent of the total population, NPD said. Millennials will continue to drive the market’s growth because 41 percent of them are aware of and interested in owning smart home products, while awareness and interest by older age groups is lower, the company added.

Icontrol Adding More Partners

REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. – More companies are participating in Icontrol’s OpenHome Labs certification program to certify that the companies’ products interoperate with Icontrol-powered home-automation systems. Icontrol systems include systems offered by cable companies as well as from Smart Home Ventures.

The company certified the Zen Thermostat as compatible, and other companies have submitted products for certification. They are Halo SmartLabs, Jalousier, and Nanoleaf.

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