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Sept. 9, 2014: Home Automation Firms Join ‘Works with Nest’ Program

Control4, Crestron, Remote Technologies Inc., and Universal Remote Control Now Work with Nest
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Nest Labs Inc. announced today the addition of Control4, Crestron®, Remote Technologies Inc. (RTI), and Universal Remote Control (URC) — along with Dropcam — to the increasing number of products, apps, and services that work with Nest products.


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HVAC Company Donates to Ronald McDonald House

Engenuity Systems Donates Time, Labor, Products to Arizona Project
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The system Engenuity helped install included security monitoring, access control, and fully integrated HVAC controls.


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Aug. 28, 2014: Direct Energy Brings Comfort & Control Plan with Nest to More States

Plan Offers a Nest Learning Thermostat at No Cost
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Through its partnership with Nest, Direct Energy, one of North America’s largest energy and energy-related services providers, announced that it will be extending its Comfort & Control Plan to natural gas customers in Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio. The plan includes a Nest Learning Thermostat™ at no cost. 


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Home Automation Products Gaining HVAC Industry Traction

Ease of Use, Options Improving as Prices Start to Come Down
By Jen Anesi
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In only a few years, the number of connected “smart” products for the home has increased exponentially as homeowners have shown more and more interest in being able to monitor and control their homes from nearly anywhere.


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Contractors in Charge of Surging Home Automation Market

Listening, Offering Options Help Contractors Close a Sale
By Jen Anesi
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The home automation market is growing globally at an incredible pace. The prevalence of these products can be seen with a quick trip to the hardware store, where anyone can find an array of Wi-Fi-capable home automation products, including thermostats, door locks, lights, video cameras, and more.


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ICM Controls Corp.: Touchscreen Thermostats

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The i3 Series of touchscreen thermostats features 14 programmable models including a family of Wi-Fi models capable of being remotely controlled via a smartphone app.


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Contractors Discover Profit Potential in Recovery Upsales

TRC Connects Recycling to Cashflow
By Ryan L. Kiscaden
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Believe it or not, that quick-silver gooey stuff you used to play with in grade school can actually make you money.


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Residential Controls: Interface Puts Plug-and-Play Control on Top

Honeywell Redesigned Prestige® IAQ Thermostat Wins Gold
By Angela D. Harris
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The NEWS honors the 2014 Dealer Design Award winners in the Residential Controls (Including Zoning) category.


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July 21, 2014: Nest Helps Lead Effort to Create Wireless Protocol for Home Automation

Thread Group Is Formed to Develop a Simple, Secure, and Low-Power Network
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Seven companies announced that they’ve joined forces to form the Thread Group and develop a new IP-based wireless networking protocol for home automation called Thread. Founding members include Nest Labs, Samsung Electronics, Big Ass Fans, Yale Security, Silicon Labs, Freescale® Semiconductor, and ARM.


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July 9, 2014: Nest Developer Program Launches with First Product Integrations

Allows Other Products to Connect with Nest Learning Thermostat and Smoke/CO Alarm
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Nest Labs Inc. has announced the launch of its Nest Developer Program, which makes it possible for Nest and the more than 5,000 developers who’ve expressed interest in the program to work together to create interactions among Nest products and others — both inside and outside of the home.


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