MAY 2019


The Nest smart home ecosystem as we’ve come to know it is now dead.


At Google I/O recently, Google made a number of announcements around the Nest family of products. Nest, as an independent unit within Google, has been completely subsumed. There are no more Nest-branded products — everything is Google Nest.


It’s not exactly surprising that Google would choose to extend its own brand across Nest products. But the company is doing it by breaking its previous compatibility and branding programs, ensuring that anyone who invested in a smart home built around a Nest thermostat now faces an uncertain future.


Third Party Apps will no Longer Work with Nest

Lutron, a leader in lighting control has emailed customers, telling them “the ability to automate lighting functions based on the Nest’s home and away status, person alerts from Nest cameras, or smoke or carbon monoxide detection from a Nest Protect will be affected by the change. It will also remove the ability to control the Nest thermostat from within the Lutron smartphone app.”


Unified Third-Party App Platform and Data Storage Changes

When Google initially bought Nest, a promise was made to users that Nest data and Google date would be stored separately. That appears to be changing as Google has warned users that by not migrating to a Google account, the user would risk losing access to new and better-connected experiences. Google states on their website: “We strongly recommend account migration to Google for all of our users. Having a single account will also enable Nest and Google Home devices and services to work more seamlessly together. Google new FAQ can be read here on the Nest website.


The reactions to these changes have not been positive. In addition to breaking the existing smart home ecosystems that users have created for themselves, users are expressing concern over the combination of Google and Nest data.


Here at A & E we understand that new technology always comes with some level of risk. We choose our brands and partners very carefully and after considering many factors including security, support, integration, and compliance with international security protocol. We utilize only trained professional installers to protect the consumer.


Unsure where to turn now? Contact us for more information about our smart home ecosystems. 



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Controlling devices across your smart home or business, like the security system, locks, lights, garage door and thermostats is simple and intuitive.  With your Apple Watch and the app glances give you a real-time view of what's happening around your at home and the office.  Customized alerts let you know about important activity around your property with just a quick glance at your Apple Watch.  Right from your wrist, you have an instant window into your property.


Together with Actionable Notifications, gain personalized, location-based reminders and alerts with convenient automation controls.  Geo-Services lets you know if you left home or work without arming the security system, locking the door or closing the garage.  Now Actionable Notifications allow you to take action or respond right from your wrist so you can instantly resolve the issue – no need to navigate to another screen or even open the app. 

We believe that smart devices should solve real consumer challenges in a simple but powerful way.  Delivering personalized information about your property in a way that's easy to consume and respond to will add to the intuitive and meaningful user experience. Apple Watch and is a great platform for creating convenient, compelling and innovative smart home interactions. 



Here are just a few of the things the app lets you do:


  • View all of your properties key devices in one app 

  • Check the status of important devices in a Glance 

  • Arm or disarm your security system with a tap 

  • Control access remotely with smart locks and garage doors 

  • Adjust your smart thermostat from your wrist 

  • Turn your lights on and off with a tap 

  • Respond easily to alerts with Actionable Notifications


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Contact us to bring your smart home and security together on one easy app.



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Business Telecommunications

SIP phones are no doubt the hottest topic in the telecommunication industry today. You may not be completely familiar with SIP phones and how you can benefit from them. Here’s a quick overview of the benefits our partner, Panasonic’s, SIP phones provide.


SIP stands for Session Initiation Protocol which is a communications protocol for integrating multimedia communication sessions. SIP phones, also known as VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phones, are IP (Internet Protocol) telephones that enable your Internet service provider to integrate basic phone capabilities with web, email, online chat and more through IP network.



  • Cost Effective:  SIP systems offer low monthly rates which means more saving on your phone system to put back into your growing business.

  • Mobility: When you get your SIP phone connected to the Internet, you can make phone calls anywhere in the world.

  • Integration: Some SIP phones deliver rich enterprise telephony capabilities integrating to your Outlook contacts, CRM systems, and business applications through the thousands of available Android apps.




Unified Business Communication ​

The reduced hardware costs and simplicity of routing your company's calls over the Internet can mean huge savings on your monthly telephone bill. Add this to the reputation of Panasonic technology and a myriad of interoperability-tested service providers, and it's clear that Panasonic SIP phones for cloud communications are the ideal business communication tool.


Types of SIP Phones

IP Centric

Resembles the typical telephone handset, but uses purpose-built hardware to receive and makes calls using the Internet.


Software Based

These allow any computer to be used as a telephone by means of a headset with a microphone and/or a sound card. A broadband connection and connection to a VoIP provider or a SIP Server are also required. Software SIP Phones can also run on mobile devices such as Android and iOS.


Improve ROI, increase efficiency and boost productivity with customizable and scalable telephony applications.


There are so many other useful features and benefits that can enhance your business. Contact us today to learn more:



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