Dec. Housing Starts Drop to Lowest Rate Since 2016

The U.S. Commerce Department released new data this week on housing starts for December 2018. Overall residential construction dropped to 1.08 million units on a seasonally adjusted annual rate or 11.2% lower than the November rate of 1.2 million units. … Continue reading

Oops! Google Doesn’t Mention Nest Secure Has a Microphone Built-In

Eyebrows raised everywhere when privacy-concerned industry watchers discovered that Google had put a microphone in their Nest Secure home alarm system, but failed to disclose that fact. Google says is was simply an “error.” But was it? Read more on … Continue reading

Josh.ai & Savant Partner on Advanced Voice Integration

Josh.ai announced this morning that it has partnered with Savant to bring their more intuitive voice command system to one of the leading control systems in custom integration. While there are many advantages to this partnership, a big one is … Continue reading

Ted Green Featured as Guest Panelist on ResiWeek

Panel Talks About Control4/NEEO Acquisition, Death of Crestron Pyng & Elan Touchpanels ResiWeek, the podcast from AVNation.tv that is focused on the residential integration industry segment, has once again invited Strata-gee editor Ted Green to participate as a guest panelist … Continue reading

Parker Custom Solutions is James Loudspeaker 2018 Rep of the Year

New James Loudspeaker facility in Reno, NV James Loudspeaker announced this week that it has selected Parker Custom Solutions as its independent sales rep of the year for 2018. Based in Arizona, Parker has dramatically increased the sales of James’ … Continue reading

Control4 CEO Warns of Slowing Growth, Says Retrofit is Key

By most measures, Control4 had an excellent quarter and a record year in Fiscal 2018. Revenues and income were up for the quarter and the company noted that 2018 was another record year in financial performance with both revenues and … Continue reading