Among all the shiny new gadgets at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the Internet of Things and the connected lifestyle seem to have taken center stage. With Internet connectivity and increased functionality a growing trend in everyday items, living in a connected world has placed a strong focus on the future of home automation.
Jasco Products Company, GE licensee of consumer electronic accessories, LED lighting and security products, firmly believes mesh network is the way to go for affordable smart home devices.
“We are the only company that focuses on three major protocols – Z-Wave, ZigBee and Bluetooth,” said Jason Trice, President and CEO at Jasco.
As a leading supplier of Z-Wave, ZigBee and Bluetooth Smart solutions, Trice said his company has the most robust line of lighting controls on the market and will continue to focus on innovating and customizing home automation solutions that simplify users’ lives and automate their homes.
“We are providing a game-changing wireless solution to all of our major retail partners with affordable smart home products that simplify people's demands for a connected home. We focus primarily on lighting solutions because we believe that they offer huge potential with respect to their global market share,” he said, adding that it aims to become the expert in the field of lighting.
During the four-day technology bonanza, Jasco unveiled new GE branded Bluetooth Smart Controls, the industry's first Bluetooth Smart Mesh home control ecosystem. With no Wi-Fi or hub required, it is no surprise the affordable and easy-to-use Bluetooth Smart controls are seeing one of the quickest and more successful launches in mesh-networking.
At the Jasco’s booth, the next generation of Z-Wave Plus home automation products were on display. Powered by the latest advancements in Z-Wave technology, the new products revealed consisted of Z-Wave Plus Smart Door Sensors, Z-Wave Plus In-Wall Smart Motion Switches and dimmers.
Jasco also unveiled an expanded line of universal USB charging solutions including a new line of USB-C cables at CES 2016. This latest generation of universal chargers deliver up to 40 percent faster charging speed than other 5.0V/5W chargers on the market today. Jasco's line of GE branded USB-C cables will be available for both at home wall chargers and on-the-go car chargers and will be available in early 2016.
When asked about the hodgepodge of protocols currently available on the market today, Trice indicated that there's simply been too much confusion, too many acronyms and wireless protocols and competing standards, for a smart-home system to be widely adopted.
“Until we unify our standards, the industry will not capitalize on the full potential of the smart home growth. If we can consolidate a unified industry standard, the market will grow more quickly,” Trice exclaimed.