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Birmingham home automation pioneer aims at US market…

Submitted by on January 9, 2015 – 6:40 am |

John Shermer, Founder of LightwaveRFLightwaveRF plc, the Birmingham-based Internet of Things company and creators of the LightwaveRF Smart Home platform, takes aim at the gadget-hungry American consumer this week with its debut appearance at the globally-renowned Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

The firm, which is unique in offering integrated Smart Home technology for energy, lighting and heating at home and work, boasts an impressive and growing European presence with approaching 30,000 homes connected to its Cloud based service and tens of thousands more using its technology locally in their homes using handheld and wall-mounted remote controls.

Founder John Shermer hopes the presence of the Faraday Wharf business at the Las Vegas event will spark interest amongst potential customers both in the US and globally, building on the recent signing of a global distribution contract for its internet controllable lighting solutions.

Mr Shermer said: “Exhibiting at CES 2015 is an important landmark for LightwaveRF, as the event is the place to be if you want your company’s technology to be taken seriously in the global marketplace.

“What’s more, it’s great timing for us because home automation – that is using remote control, perhaps via your smartphone or tablet to control room temperature, appliances, and switch on lights – is now entering the mainstream. We’re really seeing demand increase for our technology.”

Smart home technology, which allows users to remotely control and programme home electronics via smartphone, tablet or iPod Touch, is expected to play a significant role in increasing energy efficiency whilst enhancing convenience and security. According to Berg Insights, the Smart Home market will be worth £9.5bn in 2015 and is growing annually at a rate of 33 per cent through to 2020.

LightwaveRF products include dimmer switches, power sockets, handheld and wall-mounted remote controls, motion detectors and door sensors, as well as heating controls. It is the only company in the UK offering a complete heat, power and light control system of hardware, apps and web based Cloud services, that avoids many of the challenges of installation that most competing products in this sector suffer from.

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