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CEDIA Expo: Gesture Control, Wi-Fi Door Locks & Doorbells Arrive From Fibaro, LockState, White Rabbit

Home automation systems controlled by gesture, a Wi-Fi /video doorbell that controls electronic locks, and a smart hub that replaces security panels are among the new home-automation products that suppliers brought to the CEDIA Expo.

Other products include a Wi-Fi doorlock with digital keypad whose security codes can be changed remotely. It’s for use by consumers who rent out their main residence or a second home to vacationers.

Here’s what installers found:

Fibaro: The company brought gesture control and its first Wi-Fi-enabled doorbell/intercom/security camera to the show.

To enable gesture control of devices connected to Fibaro’s Home Center 2 Z-Wave hub, the company developed a battery-operated panel that can be placed behind picture frames, behind walls or under countertops to sense the capacitance of a moving hand. The panel recognizes six gestures: up, down, left, right, circle left, and circle right. It also recognizes combinations of gestures. Consumers would program in the devices or scenes that a gesture would control.

The panel, called the Swipe, will be available the end of November at a targeted $149.

The company’s first intercom/doorbell with integrated camera features Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Power over Ethernet. The device, called the Fibaro Intercom, also gets power from an existing doorbell system. It uses motion and sound sensing to launch 4K video recording, sends doorbell video over Wi-Fi for in-house or remote viewing on a mobile device, and incorporates Bluetooth. With Bluetooth, the Intercom senses when an authorized user’s phone is within a set range, then automatically sends a 12-volt signal to unlock a connected electronic lock. Also to unlock a connected electronic lock, users rotate the device’s bezel to enter a numeric security code.

The device also incorporates cellular in case it is out of Wi-Fi-network reach on a remotely located gate on the user’s property.

The device can also be installed in rooms inside the house. It will be available in December at around $500.

LockState: The supplier of smart locks and Wi-Fi-enabled home-automation products trotted out its $529 RemoteLock 6i Wi-Fi door lock with numeric keypad. Via Wi-Fi, users can monitor and control the lock from remote locations via phone or computer. Users can also remotely change security codes to grant access to different people on different days or weeks.  The latter feature is suited for people who rent out their homes to vacationers through services such as Airbnb or who rent out their vacation homes through real-estate agents, the company said. The lock also sends texts and email alerts to notify owners when guests enter and leave the house.

The 6i began shipping this month. A 99-cent monthly subscription fee is required to connect to LockState’s portal for monitoring and control.

White Rabbit Electronics:  The company wants to replace the on-wall panels of professionally monitored security systems with a hub that delivers an easier-to-use interface to computers and mobile devices.

The smart hub ties into the central monitoring stations of security monitoring companies and replaces security panels from such companies as Honeywell, GE and 2Gig. The hub also features ZigBee, Z-Wave and Wi-Fi to connect to the sensors, lights, door locks and security cameras that had been connected to the replaced panel.

The hub is in beta, and the company hopes to go into production early next year for sales through security dealers.

White Rabbit’s sister company, Bold Technologies, develops software that is used by most central-monitoring stations, the company said.