Episode 60: Savant Power’s Anna Demeo on Solar Power Storage and Microgrids



On this week’s podcast, Anna Demeo discusses the recent news that her company, Racepoint Energy, has been acquired by smart home innovator, Savant, and renamed Savant Power. Racepoint Energy was founded in 2015 by Savant’s current chairman and CEO Bob Madonna during a time when he had stepped away from running Savant’s day-to-day operations, turning his attention toward innovating smart electrical panels, and automated power and storage solutions. With both companies now running fully under the same umbrella, with Demeo now serving as president of Savant Power, Savant now has a fully integrated and scalable software platform to manage distributed energy resources.

Learn more about Savant Power at savantpower.com

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Episode 59: Klein and Malkowski on Matter Connectivity Standard



On this week’s podcast, Silicon Labs’ and Z-Wave Alliance’s Mitchell Klein and Building 36’s Mariusz Malkowski on help unpack everything you need to know about Matter, the new name for the interoperable, secure connectivity standard for the future of the smart home. The Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA), formerly known as the Zigbee Alliance, recently announced the name change. This new technology and royalty-free connectivity standard enables communications among a wide range of smart devices. Matter is also a seal of approval, assuring that any object built on this standard is reliable by nature, secure by design, and compatible at scale. What does this rollout of Matter mean for other popular smart home protocols like Z-Wave? How does Matter differ from Z-Wave? How is it similar? What about the existing Z-Wave devices on the market? How will Matter impact them?

Learn more about Matter at www.silabs.com/wireless/matter and Z-Wave at z-wavealliance.org

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Episode 58: Peter Aylett on Home Tech Install Standards



On this week’s podcast, Peter Aylett joins us from his home in England to talk about his work on industry standards and recommended best practices, his career as a custom integrator in the UK and Middle East, and his current role as partner with Maurizio Conti at HTE, an Italy-based turnkey room design company for home cinemas and mastering studios. Peter is a 30-year veteran of the residential tech industry and is well-known and respected among his peers as a mentor, teacher, and lecturer on home technology. He has been teaching on behalf of CEDIA for more than 20 years and has served a term on CEDIA’s global board of directors. Peter is currently chair of the CEDIA/CTA R10 Standards Committee and a passionate advocate for creating standards and best practices for home tech installation.

Learn more about HTE at hte.design

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Episode 57: Jason McGraw and Samantha Ventura on the Return of In-Person CEDIA Expo



On this week’s podcast, we are joined by two very important members of the CEDIA Expo 2021 planning team. Jason McGraw, vice president of CEDIA Expo at the show’s management and ownership company, Emerald, gives us a more high-level view of the return of the in-person event September 1-3, 2021. Samantha Ventura, senior VP of education and training at CEDIA, provides some guidance about what we should know regarding classes and training that is planned for this fall at the Indiana Convention Center. Breaking news: No masks required for fully vaccinated attendees to the show!

Register for CEDIA Expo 2021 www.cediaexpo.com

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Episode 56: Tony Liebel and Buzr are Looking to Replace Outdated Apartment Access Systems



On this week’s podcast, Tony Liebel joins us from New York City where he is CEO of tech startup Buzr. The company’s product, called Buzr Pro, was designed to replace outdated apartment access systems by only requiring the user to install the Buzr Pro smart device hardware into the individual apartment or condo wall unit. Tony and his co-founder Jeremy Walker met at Cornell Tech, where they began their collaboration. In May 2020, Buzr was one of four student companies that won the highly competitive Cornell Tech Startup Awards and received $100,000 in pre-seed funding to pursue their startups after graduation. Along with the funds, the company was provided a co-working space at Cornell’s Roosevelt Island, NY campus and access to a support team of industry leaders and executives in computer science and engineering. Buzr Pro’s anticipated shipping date is Winter 2022. The company is currently running a preorder special for 20 percent off.

Learn more about Buzr by visiting www.getbuzr.com

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Episode 55: Melissa Andresko is Lutron’s Brand Ambassador



In this episode, Melissa Andresko joins us from Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, at the headquarters of Lutron, where she is chief corporate brand ambassador. Lutron, as most people know, is one of the pioneers and leaders of the lighting control category. The company’s founder, Joel Spira, in 1959, invented the first solid state lighting dimmer that could replace a light switch in a standard residential wallbox. That invention now resides in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC, due in part to the efforts and enthusiasm that today’s guest has brought to her various communications roles at Lutron over the past 23 years. Mr. Spira is no longer with us, but today’s Lutron engineers and business leaders continue to evolve and innovate, and Melissa Andresko plays a key role in promoting the company’s accomplishments as they happen, often linking the company’s past with its present.

Learn more about Lutron at www.lutron.com. Find Melissa on Twitter @MelissaAndresko

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Episode 54: Manuel Schoenfeld on How PowerX Can Streamline Home Utility Usage



In this episode, Manuel Schoenfeld joins Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki from Brooklyn, NY, where he is founder and CEO of PowerX. Launched in 2020, PowerX is an environmental tech start up with the goal of providing homeowners with knowledge and control of their utility usage. PowerX sensors collect data about a home’s electricity, heat, and water use at a rate of more than 1 million times per second. Machine learning then uses this data to determine which devices are the most wasteful and provides actionable solutions to make a home more efficient.

Learn more about PowerX at PowerX.co

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Episode 53: Joey Kolchinsky Adds Hiring Services to OneVision Platform



In this episode, Joey Kolchinsky joins Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki from Boston, where he is founder and CEO of OneVision Resources. OneVision’s virtual customer service platform enables relatively small businesses to compete like much larger companies while maintaining the feel of a local bespoke enterprise. Now the company is launching new offerings designed to fill in the resource gaps that many integration companies wrestle with, including HR and recruiting, financial planning and accounting, and business coaching and leadership development.

Learn more about OneVision Resources at onevisionresources.com.

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Episode 52: Patrick Gall Wants to Introduce You to Orro Smart Switches



In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Patrick Gall, head of channel development for Orro, a relatively new smart switch brand looking to tackle middle market. The last time they saw each other in person was two years ago at Fenway Park in Boston, when PG was helping develop the custom integration channel for the Sonos audio brand. Orro is a very stylish product with a lot of potential for wellness applications and integration with other more established brands, and PG is the right guy to help spread the word about it to the professional installation community.

Learn more about Orro at getorro.com

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Episode 51: Tony Grimani’s Path from Dolby to THX to Home Theater Design



In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Tony Grimani who was on holiday with his wife and young son in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Tony was one of Jeremy’s favorite columnists during his days as editor at Residential Systems magazine. He wrote broadly about the home theater category, which was apt, given his career at Dolby and Lucasfilm THX, and as owner of a theater design firm called PMI as well as an acoustic materials brand called MSR Acoustics and his own high-performance home theater loudspeaker brand, Grimani Systems.

Learn more about PMI at pmiltd.com

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