Leviton has announced the release of the ThinkRemote Community Edition software, under its ControlThink brand. The software will allow users to access Windows SideShow content by using the iPhone, Windows Mobile phones, and other handheld devices. “With ThinkRemote Community Edition, information is available at consumers’ fingertips like never before,” the company’s CTO, Chris Walker, said in a statement. “Users can change the music on their PC from their cell phone, review stock performance at their bedside, or control their smart home from anywhere in the world.” For more information, visit www.controlthink.com/thinkremote
The California-based Home Entertainment Source announced this week that it has reached several new partnerships, including factory-direct programs with Anthem and Panamax/Furman. In addition, HES has added DVDO and Leviton to its Custom Warehouse program. In addition, HES announced the results of its recent board elections, in which Stuart Schuster of Marvin Electronics was elected the group’s new president. David Pidgeon of Starpower Home Entertainment Systems was also elected to a board seat, while former president Bob Cole of World Wide Stereo and five others will remain on the board, The division, which is part of Brand Source, will hold its Home
The Leviton Architectural Edition Powered by JBL line was named this week one of the top 100 products of 2007 by Professional Builder Magazine. The line is comprised of multi-room music, home theater and outdoor speakers. Professional Builder’s Top 100 Products of The Year Award was created to recognize significant new product innovations that highlights the investments manufacturers make in research and development each year. Leviton’s director of entertainment products, Mark Cerasuolo, commented that “Leviton is pleased to have received this prestigious award from Professional Builder. In today’s market, adding value to the home by including desirable home entertainment technologies is becoming increasingly
HomeSeer Technologies announced late last week the release of Z-Tool, its latest home automation installation software from Z-Wave. The program, which works with any Windows laptop computer, is compatible with various Z-Wave USB interfaces, including those produced by ACT, Cooper Wiring, Intermatic, Leviton and Wayne-Dalton. While earlier Z-Wave products have been geared towards professional installers, Z-Tool is simplified for use by “everyone else,” HomeSeer founder Richard Helmke said in a company statement. The product is available now. For more information, visit www.homeseer.com
Leviton Manufacturing Company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Haorld Leviton passed away Saturday at age 90. A Leviton employee since 1940, Leviton took charge of the company in 1965 as president, CEO and chairman. Since then, the company’s portfolio has grown to over 25,000 products. “Those of us who knew Harold had a deep admiration and tremendous respect for him as a businessman with infinite passion for the electrical industry,” said Leviton President Donald J. Hendler, “His legacy of continuing the family business will be carried forward. I am proud to accept leadership responsibility on behalf of Harold and the
The home control and lighting systems produced by Leviton Manufacturing Company will be distributed by the Digital Delivery Group (DDG), the companies announced last week. Products included in the distribution include the Vizia RF lighting and home control system. “Vizia RF now becomes a key lighting control selection of choice for amazing home control and entertainment integration packages offered by the Digital Delivery Group,” Leviton Product Marketing Manager Grant Sullivan said in a company statement. Leviton joins DDG’s roster of offerings, which also includes Belkin, HP, Life|ware, Logitech, Nevo, Panasonic and Tivo®.
I jetted down to Orlando, Fla., last month to attend a day and a half of the International Builders’ Show. (I know, it was rough to leave phrigid Philly behind in February, but someone had to take one for the team.) Next year, I hope to attend at least two days of this huge show, because so much of interest to our industry was happening. Or not happening. I’ll get to that in a minute. Several companies from our industry exhibited— lighting control and home automation outfits, mostly. Most resided in a common area tucked away from the main action. Companies on hand included Lutron, Vantage/Legrand, CentraLite,
I jetted down to Orlando, Fla., this month to attend a day and a half of the International Builders’ Show. (I know, it’s rough to leave phrigid Philly behind in February, but someone had to take one for the team.) Next year, I hope to attend at least two days of this huge show, because so much of interest to our industry was happening. Or not happening. I’ll get to that in a minute. Several companies from our industry exhibited— lighting control and home automation outfits, mostly. Most resided in a common area tucked away from the main action. Companies on hand included Lutron,
Leviton licensed its two-way communication protocol for Z-Wave wireless home control networks to home automation/control vendors Lagotek, ControlThink and HAI for use in their products. The protocol actively indicates whether loads on a Z-Wave network are “on” or “off.” “This provides added convenience and flexibility to homeowners, especially when controlled loads are out of sight or reach,” said the company. Homeowners can thus find out, for example, if a home’s security system is on or off, or if the thermostat at a vacation home is running to maintain the house in the winter. These functions, and others like them, can be performed over the internet,
Leviton Manufacturing, a provider of electrical and electronic wiring devices and voice and data solutions, announced an alliance with AFL Telecommunications, a supplier of fiber optic products and services, to bring Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) service to homeowners. The alliance seeks to address the needs of residential developers and builders who seek to integrate FTTH within multi-family dwelling unit (MDU) and master-planned communities by providing an end-to-end solution based on a combination of Leviton’s FTTH and in-home technology portfolio and AFL’s FTTH network electronics and system integration expertise. “Fiber solutions have yet to be fully integrated into the home,” said Michael Mattei, Leviton’s director of fiber business development.