This month’s news showcases partnerships, products, and protocols that address top concerns for smart homeowners.

Crestron and PanTech Energy Management Solution

Your Crestron home will soon become even smarter at managing your energy. Crestron is partnering with PanTech Design to integrate their Adapt Energy ecosystem with Crestron Home. The marriage of smart home tech and smart energy management is a natural one, allowing users to fully realize the potential of their connected home. 

Adapt Energy with Crestron will provide homeowners with a wide array of features designed to maximize their home’s energy efficiency while prioritizing safety and preparedness. Everything from energy monitoring, grid loss detection, and automated circuit breaker control to severe weather alerts and custom energy management are possible with Crestron’s signature ease of use and focus on customization. Adapt Energy also brings additional partner integrations to this collaboration; home battery systems and renewable resource management will be easily integrated and can offer a wealth of capabilities and possibilities for residential energy management solutions. 

Savant and Schneider Partner on Power Management

Power and energy management are growing concerns among homeowners, and that’s apparent from the partnerships we’re seeing emerge. Savant Power, the home automation company’s power and energy division, is teaming up with Schneider Electric to develop a solution for homeowners’ modern energy concerns. Set to launch early 2022, their remote-controlled connected relay provides monitoring and control of power loads. It puts home energy use at the fingertips of the user.

Rather than taking a big picture approach, this relay breaks down use at the circuit level. This approach has many applications, but a major advantage emerges when considering power consumption during an outage or when utilizing grid and off-grid power. Imagine if, during a grid outage, rather than having to decide to power a whole house with a backup generator or not, the decision could be made to direct generator-based energy to the kitchen and allow other areas to run on solar. The flexibility, control, and advanced prioritization capabilities make this collaboration an exciting one in a time of growing energy concerns.

Lutron Introduces RadioRA 3

Lutron is renowned for its sleek interfaces and customizable lighting options. The announcement of the new RadioRA3 line of wall controls builds on that reputation and expands it. The RadioRA3’s main feature is that it’s powered over ethernet, simplifying installation and meaning there’s no need for a nearby power outlet. It can be placed in a central location and control up to 200 devices. Powerful new functions combine with others we’ve come to expect from Lutron, such as voice control, ease of use, and beautiful design. The RadioRA3 is compatible with top home automation brands, comes in 25 finishes (including a vibrant Signal Red), and will be available in January of 2022.

Amazon Supports Matter

As we’ve previously reported, developing standards for home automation products has been a growing tech story this year. The Matter Alliance is the group that seeks to create standards for interconnectivity across brands and among devices. Recently Amazon announced that their 4th generation Echo will adhere to these new standards. It will have Matter over Thread support; Thread is a wireless networking technology and having Matter over Thread support means a device, like Amazon’s Echo, will be able to connect to and control any Matter-enable smart home devices, even if they previously weren’t compatible. This support signals a major shift towards interconnectivity between tech brands and greater ease for homeowners.   

Responsive Living, the term coined by Acoustic Architects founders, Aaron Flint and Spencer Hauldren, is the concept of seamlessly enhancing the client’s unique lifestyle using smart home technology. Responsive Living allows you to interact with your space via touch input, voice command, and predictive automation, placing you in full control of your home.

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