Aeon Micro Smart Energy Switch turns any switch to Z-Wave one

Tiny Z-Wave Adapter

A new Aeon Lab product – Micro Smart Energy Switch gives an easy way to transform any ordinary switch or dimmer to the Z-Wave enabled one. It’s installed behind a light switch in a junction box and add possibility to send ON, OFF or lighting level commands from Z-Wave controller or remote control. Additionally it sends to controller an information about energy consumption. That solution will give more flexibility for new houses and apartments. Because consumers will be able to choose lighting switches design they want. For retrofitted projects it won’t be needed to replace existing switches.

It’s planned the Aeon Micro Smart Energy Switch will be priced less then $100.

HomeSeer HomeTroller-Mini Linux Based Home Automation Controller

HomeSeer HomeTroller-Mini Linux Based Home Automation Controller

Recently Homeseer launched its new home automation controller called HomeTroller-Mini. It’s made in plug PC form-factor, has 1Ghz processor and gives ability to control Z-Wave devices. Homeseer also mentioned in its press release about supporting other protocols but didn’t clarify which ones.

The HomeSeer HomeTroller-Mini controller will be available in Q2 of 2011 at $300. It isn’t bad but you can build something similar by yourself. For example, using GuruPlug and LinuxMCE mini distribution you may get Z-Wave controller for about $100. Plus DIY fun.

[via AutomatedHome]

Somfy announced its own Z-Wave gateway

Home Theater Setup for Dummies

Company Somfy, best known as producer of Z-Wave enabled automatic window coverings, offers its own Z-Wave gateway called TaHomA. The gateway looks similar to Mi Casa Verde. But unlike DIY friendly Mi Casa gateway the TaHomA needs certified dealers setup and customization. Also additionally to Z-Wave it supports proprietary Somfy wireless protocol RTS. It’s gratifying that consumers at least can manage all added modules and automatic scenes by them self from PC, iPad, iPhone or something similar.

QEES announced SmartGate and Open Software Platform

QEES’ Green Living Solution

QEES recently launched its new SmartGate and Open Software Platform to help consumers control their Z-Wave devices and save energy. The QEES SmartGate combines a powerful NAT router, a firewall and a telephone gateway in one appliance. Additionally it offers energy consumption monitoring and managing of Z-Wave devices.

The QEES Open Software Platform offers a cloud-based infrastructure for the large-scale installations in case of SmartGate is not enough for you. With that platform you won’t be care about maintenance of server hardware and software. Also you’ll have a high reliability, scalability and backup, of course.

Well, I’m glad to see that more and more Z-Wave devices and software are available for European consumers. And QEES is one of the most active companies in that segment.

New Wireless Smart Home Locks From Yale

Yale Wireless Smart Home Lock

Recently new wireless locks were announced by Yale. The company offers two kinds of locks – with keypad and touchscreen. Also there is a choice between used technologies as well. Consumer may choose either Z-Wave or ZigBee version. That fact makes the Yale’s locks very attractive for professional installers and smarthome enthusiasts. Because those technologies are supported by many commercial and open source home automation systems. For example. with the Control4 system which is the premier integration platform for today’s digital home — the consumer may create personalized events or scenes for up to 250 home members (if you need it why not) triggered by the push of a button from anywhere in the home or remotely via the Internet.

The Yale ‘Real Living’ Wireless Smart Home Locks will be available on Spring 2011. There is no any information about the price.

UPDATED: It will retail between $200-$400.

[via AutomatedHome]

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