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12Dec

JOSH.AI Seeks to Launch Home Automation System With a Smarter AI

by 09 TECH

Smart home companies such as Amazon and Google have dominated the market with popular voice-activated systems such as the Amazon Echo or Google Home, which allow users to speak commands aloud. But, now a new startup company, Josh.ai, has raised $11 million to design a better voice-controlled system for smart homes, and will later this year release its own hardware dedicated to this purpose, reports Sarah Perez for TechCrunch.

Josh.ai is the product of serial entrepreneurs Alex Capecelatro, CEO, and Tim Gill, CTO. The company is headquartered in Denver, with offices in L.A. With backgrounds in app development and a personal interest in developing a smart home system, the two paired together to begin working on Josh.ai in early 2015.

“I was just amazed that all of the big automation systems – Crestron, Control4, and Savant – they cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the [user interface] looks like it’s from the 90’s,” says Capecelatro. “It was weird that for a ton of money in my home where you want to have a delightful experience, the best offerings on the table just weren’t that good.”

The founders saw a need in the market for something that sits above mass market solutions, like Apple’s Home app, or Alexa’s smart home control, which focus more on tying together after-market devices, like security cameras, smart doorbells, or smart lights like Philips Hue.

The solution, as it exists today, includes a kit with a Mac mini and iPad, and software that runs the home. After plugging in the Mac, Josh.ai auto-discovers devices on the network. It can identify those from over 50 manufacturers. For example, it can control lighting and shades like those from Lutron, music systems like Sonos, dozens of brands of security cameras, Nest thermostats, Samsung smart TVs, and even more niche products like Global Caché’s box for controlling IR devices (such as your “not-so-smart” TVs).

What makes Josh.ai unique is not just its software interface, but how users interact with the system. You speak to the voice assistant “Josh” to tell the home what to do. For instance, you can tell Josh to “turn it off,” and it will know what “it” means because it remembers what it had turned on before. Or you can say, “it’s hot in here,” and Josh will know how to adjust your thermostat.

6Nov

Savant Lighting

by 09 TECH

Zero Nine Tech is a certified provider for products of Savant, a leader in smart home technology, to modernize your home and transform it into the smart home of your dreams.

Savant recently announced the release of their next generation TrueImage lighting software, and Zero Nine Tech has got you covered! TrueImage allows users to experience virtual lights in any room with the touch of a button on their mobile devices. Users have the option to easily change dimming settings and RGB (red, green, blue) colors without having to get up from the couch. Savant’s lighting technology truly takes home automation to a different level!

Savant’s revolutionary control of lighting with TrueImage for mobile devices also works with Savant touch screens and remotes, making it easier than ever to have lighting control in all the rooms of your house. Using any Savant control system, TrueImages users can photograph the light, press a button and TrueImage software takes care of the rest by adjusting it’s settings to the photograph. This intuitive and cool factor of Savant products is just one of the reasons why Savant is a leader in smart home technology.

Contact us today to get the latest technology installed in your home!

3Oct

Outsmart Your Next Storm

by 09 TECH

We hope that all of our South Florida community is safe post Hurricane Irma. As many Floridians had to evacuate their homes during this time , it got us thinking about all the ways our home automation products can help keep your home safe and give you peace of mind during vulnerable times.

While convenience is known as one of the biggest factors for home automation, there are many other ways our products and services can help keep you and your home safe! Feeling a greater sense of safety is possible with services such as motorized blinds and remote lighting , give the appearance that you’re home even when you’re not . S ecurity cameras allow you to remotely monitor your home from afar and alert you to any possible threats. You can even control your audio system to play music throughout your home to give the impression that you’re having a hurricane party.

Be prepared next hurricane. Count on our team of professionals to deliver our smart home automation services to your home or business. Have the ability to remotely control your blinds, lights, security system, audio system and more all with the touch of a button. Let Zero Nine Technology introduce you to the Simplicity of Technology.

27Jul

New Trend in Automation World

by 09 TECH

CNET gives insight on the best overall smart technology gadgets this summer and Zero Nine Tech would like to highlight one amongst CNET Editors’ Choice Award list: the Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat.

With heat temperatures rising in South Florida, the climate in your home can get as tricky as ever with energy-saving concerns. However, Ecobee4 makes the temperature in your home cost-effective with its many versatile and innovative features. This smart thermostat has a responsive touch screen display, remote temperature and proximity sensor, and integrations with more than one system including Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Samsung SmartThings! Ecobee4’s sensor makes it easier to ascertain if someone is home or away and also a nice asset for tracking rooms with hot or cold areas. Understanding these factors allows the Ecobee to save money for any homeowner as it learns the climate patterns of the home and the homeowner.

30Jun

How Smart is Your Home?

by 09 TECH

The Internet of Things explodes with a series of smart home devices accessible for all home buyers and business owners. PCMag develops a list of best smart home devices for this year that retains the accessibility and simpleness of home living. The most convenient aspect is all devices can communicate interdependently at your beck and call through one remote. Zero Nine Technologies can install and accommodate all the devices below for your home or business!

 

Hubs and Controllers

Wink Hub 2
Editor’s Choice for the best reliable and automated network hub for all mainstream consumers. The Wink Hub 2 includes advanced security features, quick connectivity and a modern sleek design to enhance a classy experience in your home. It can be used with Bluetooth LE, Kidde, Clear Connect, Z-Wave, ZigBee and Wi-Fi.

Amazon Echo and Echo Dot
Let the echo of your voice be the future to home automation with all and any gadgets in your home. The speech-recognition technology, Alexa can be programmed into the Echo  or Echo Dot to control most automation products in every room using your entertainment system or speakers.

 

Surveillance Cameras

Nest Cam Outdoor
Similar to its indoor model, Nest Cam Outdoor intensifies the security features by now providing weatherproof enclosure and power cord. Monitored through the use of mobile apps or the web, you can control and watch from anywhere! Be on the lookout from afar by setting up motion or audio alerts.

 

LG Smart Security Wireless Camera LHC5200WI
Experience 24/7 security monitoring via LG Smart Security Wireless Camera with complete HD video capabilities through Wi-Fi.The new partnership with ADT Canopy’s month to month service allows consumers the opportunity to monitor while being away. It can also create custom alerts so that you may choose when to be notified while doing day to day activities.

 

Heating and Cooling

Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd Generation)
Control the temperature of your home’s thermostat from anywhere via phone, tablet or laptop. This latest generation of the Nest Learning Thermostat now includes geofencing support, a larger display, and a much sleeker design that can efficiently optimize to you and your home.

 

Cooking

Anova Culinary Precision Cooker
Arriving late from home? Don’t go hungry with the Wi-Fi controlled Anova Culinary Precision Cooker and cook while at your office desk. This kitchen appliance allows you to enjoy the simple version of sous vide cooking with an app also keeping you updated on every step of the cooking process.

 

June Intelligent Oven
Stop standing by and watching your food done through the glass. Get the June and experience the smart countertop oven with an installed HD camera allowing it to configure the type of food inside and the desired time and way to cook it. It can be used for meat, fish, vegetables and even frozen waffles!

 

Outdoor

Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller Generation 2
This smart sprinkler system brings lawn-watering to a new level with its now increased 16-level zone controller, waterproof cover and LED status lights. You can control it remotely from your phone and integrates with many smart devices such as Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT and Samsung SmartThings.

11May

GearBrain Introduces Voice as a New App

by 09 TECH

The biggest issue home buyers face in their home automation systems is connectivity and understanding the interconnectedness of technologies. The first question is: “How do they know to speak to each other?” Zero Nine Technologies offers the solution to this question in connecting all different bandwidths into one automated system with voice command.

Anything configured to operate wirelessly with voice command can work together with other technologies such as; Amazon, Alexa, Apple, Siri; Microsoft, Cortana. According to Ellen Juhlin, head of product at Orion Labs: “With the latest generation of voice AIs like Alexa and Siri, the burden is shifted more to the software systems to interpret what you want to do, and then take the appropriate action,” she says. “So in that sense, voice is the new kind of app for interacting with any technology around you.”

In thinking about the challenges of voice activation, the issue of security also relates to these technologies. Who’s to say that more than the homeowner can activate such controls? There are robbers and hackers to also worry about. Innovatively, Zero Nine has a wide range of products in its security catalog offering prime safety in homes.

13Dec

SAVANT: One Step Ahead

by 09 TECH

Founded in 2005, Savant Systems, LLC is one the fastest growing and promptly successful companies in the home control and automation industry. Most of their success is attributed to their founder, engineer and recently named CEO, Robert Madonna. His leadership and ability to drive business complimented by his creative thinking has propelled Savant past their competition while creating a golden standard in the industry.

According to Business Wire, Madonna’s return to daily operations will only benefit Savant and advantage its premium solutions coming to the market.

In April 2016, Savant released a new software update, version 8.0, accompanied with firmware updates, improved licensing plans, Sonos integration, native streaming media from Autonomic, a new Pro Remote and vast improvements to the user interface that might have become oversimplified in the last revision. “The Savant Host hub itself is a fetching piece of hardware—it resembles a brushed-aluminum version of the company’s professionally installed Smart Host unit, but the real appeal of this new system is its remote control.”

The new remote features a rounded touchscreen, changing interactions with your favorite network and cable-TV stations like Sonos, Roku and Apple TV as well as game consoles. The savant remote can even control your lamps. With the all new touch surface, the user controls their home with a swipe, tap or scroll. The remote has a built-in accelerometer that automatically wakes up the remote when you lift it. Home automation has never been so simple, with backlit buttons, directional pad and the innovative voice command. By pressing the microphone button and saying keywords such as “morning” or “goodnight” or brings up a combination of lighting, music, and TV schemes that you program via the mobile app.

“Voice control can be somewhat hit-or-miss,” says George Katsiris, Director of Product Management at Savant to Wired. “We wanted to make sure that if we did it, it was going to be hit. This is about 18 months in the making. So you can pick it up and say ‘CNN,’ and it will automatically turn the TV on, switch the input, and go right to that channel.”

You don’t even have to tell the system that CNN is on channel 20. When you set it up, you tell it your ZIP code and your provider, and it can look up a complete map of the channels.

The high-resolution touch screen has three main pages, navigable by swiping left and right on its rounded surface. The first screen has a list of your favorite channels, followed by lists of your components such as Sonos, Apple TV or Xbox and the third provides a list of “scenes” that you’ve set up on the app. The favorites screen supports multiple user profiles, as well as even “capture” lighting, music, and TV channel combinations to save as a scene to resurface at any time. These scenes can be programmed to switch on automatically, like a real-world alarm clock.

If you’d like to upgrade your house with the latest home-automation control remote, you can do so by contacting Zero Nine Technologies for the installation of Savant’s latest tools.

2Dec

5 Reasons You Need Home Automation

by 09 TECH

1- Automated Door Locks Security.

A home without safety and security is just a house. Through an automated lock system you’re able to ease your mind and focus on your day. You can easily lock your home at the touch of a button, and even make sure the children that leave the house after you have locked the door. Additionally, you can keep track of who is coming in and out of your home by receiving notifications when the doors are opened especially if you’re out of town.

2- Increases Awareness Through Security Cameras.

We often miss things that happen, even in our own backyard. With a home automation system, you can see what is happening around the clock from any device and make sure no unwelcome guests arrive unbeknownst to you or your family recording clips when detecting movement or at specific times of the day or night.

3- Energy Efficiency.

Precise control over heating and cooling of your home with a programmable smart thermostat that learns your schedule and temperature preferences, suggesting the best energy efficient settings throughout the day. Lights and motorized shades can be programed to switch to evening mode as the sun sets, or lights can turn on and off automatically when you enter or leave the room,never worrying about wasteful energy use again.

4- Helps your pocket.

The biggest impact the system will have is on your monthly utility bill. It doesn’t get any simpler than this, you’ll only be using the electricity and resources necessary for your comfort.

5- Control your home at the touch of a button.

No more learning how to use eight different devices to control different features in your home. Forget about creating multiple user accounts to access and control your devices, you can merge all of your home’s technology into one single device with home automation.

Contact Zero Nine Technologies today and get all the benefits from home automation.

25Nov

Can I have 1GB Internet speed at home?

by 09 TECH

Often times when we need our Internet connection to work the most we find ourselves having to troubleshoot it instead. The primary reasons your Internet connection might not be working are either because the network cable can’t handle the required data transmission rate, or because the equipment is not rated for 1 Gbps network speed.

However, it’s important to understand the meaning of 1 Gb . 1 Gb speed is the transmission of 1 gigabit of information per second. The correct terminology is 1 Gbps or 1,000 Mbps. Mbps stands for megabits per second and should not be confused with megabytes per second (MB/s).

An 8 core cable with 4 twisted pairs is one of the requirements to transmit 1 Gbps. Two of the pairs are used to transmit the signal and two are used to receive it. The cables are fitted with RJ45 connectors. You have to be attentive to detail to make sure there are no split pairs, that all connections are to specification, and that the cable is not kinked. It’s crucial to use good quality cables that abide by the industry standards. It’s also essential that the length of each patch cable doesn’t exceed 100 meters (328 feet).

Another important fact to keep in mind is that a network will only be as fast as the slowest link in the circuit, it has to be verified the network capability of each item. Equipment rated for 100 Mbps operation will not be suitable for 1 Gbps. Some types of equipment require the use of special gigabit ports. You need to ensure the equipment is configured for 1 Gbps operation.

Most switches and routers nowadays will automatically downgrade the connection speed if the equipment detects any level of incompatibility. Therefore, it is essential to verify the link speed prior to installing a 1 Gb LAN network.

Often times, to verify compatibility it’s impossible to do so visually and must be done by a technician with a suitable digital network tester. The Net Chaser™ could be used to test any possible issues with a 1 Gb network. According to the article Can my Network Cable Handle 1GB Speed? featured in Platinum Tools, The Net Chaser™ can also measure the Signal-to-Noise Ratio, Delay Skew as well as a 1 Gbps Bit-Error-Rate Test to help identify reasons for poor network capability.

Zero Nine Technologies can help you improve your Internet speed at home by providing you with equipment that’s only rated for a 1 Gbps network speed.