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Thank you for joining us for another week of all the latest news from the residential side of the AV industry. It just so happens that the week a big announcement comes out of CEDIA we happen to have someone with them to discuss it by genuine happen circumstance. Really! Joining us today is Senior Vice President of Industry Engagement for CEDIA Giles Sutton and Chief Content Officer for CE Pro Jason Knott as we look at what’s going on in AV.
CEDIA has launched their new program called Propel for integrators and other CEDIA members. It is an affinity program connecting members to new products in emerging categories from brands like Amazon, Ring and more. This kind of program isn’t uncommon, but it is a step up from normal affinity programs. And of course, it isn’t without some amount of detractors already. Looking at what this can do for CEDIA members and answering some of those points of contention about this new program.
ADT has accelerated the launch of the new ADT + Google smart home platform to the latter half of 2021, rather than the original target of late 2022. This new platform is to feature co-branding with Google and Nest products, and leverage their already existing Command & Control platform until the end of 2022. We knew about the $450 million investment made by both companies back in August, and now get to see some of the fruits of that transaction. Discussing what this partnership means for each company and what it could do for the security space as a whole.
Josh.ai has produced their first white paper for the industry about the best practices for voice control solutions. They discuss what integrators need for successful installation of voice control solutions like Josh.ai and Lutron systems and setting a standard for what voice control should look like moving forward. Taking a look at where voice control and lighting systems like Lutron could be headed.