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CEDIA Expo brings out security chops

DENVER –, the fast-growing choice for voice and AI in the custom
channel, has introduced new features at CEDIA 2019 designed to protect end-client user data
and enhance user security. New partner integrations, including Ketra, Comcast, and Samsung,
continue to extend’s vision of a natural and elegant control experience in the home.

“Our powerful intuitive interface and elegant experience have always been, and will continue to
be, big selling points for Josh. With the rise of big tech AIs listening and gathering data, concern
around data privacy has now become one of the biggest issues on clients’ minds. This has also
become one of Josh’s greatest strengths, and a huge selling point for our integrators. Our
continued focus on privacy, along with new exciting integrations and features, demonstrates our
commitment to delivering exceptional experiences to the custom channel.” – CEO, Alex
Capecelatro. Goes All-In With Data Privacy and User Security

With its emphasis on local processing, has always been a company focused on a
secure user experience. The company does not gather data for marketing purposes, and will
never sell data to third-parties for advertising; all the data that gathers is used to make
the user experience better. That said, users have the option to disable all data gathering and /
or delete specific logs if they choose. has also announced new features around
permissioning, allowing clients and integrators to specify more granular user roles throughout
the Josh environment.

New Josh Features – iOS TV Remote, Concise Mode

Josh takes one more big step forward into AV control with the announcement of a TV remote
built directly into the iPhone and iPad apps. Clients will now be able to control their TV via the
Josh UI thanks to a new update with the Josh app. New TV features in the app, such as channel
control and source selection, offer the client a natural and intuitive touch experience for control.

Josh is also happy to announce a new feature called concise mode. When activated, Josh will
respond with shorter (one-word) confirmations when controlling certain devices in the home. For
example, if you’re in the living room and ask for the lights to go on, instead of the response,
“Your living room lights are now on,” Josh will simply reply “Ok.”

New AV Integrations & Features – Comcast, Samsung

In addition to existing integrations such as Sony, Dish, and LG, Josh has partnered with
Comcast and Samsung on new native control. The Comcast integration offers control of live TV
using both voice and the Josh app. Clients can ask for channels by name or number, which,
when combined with Josh’s ability to do compound commands, offers an unparalleled
experience. For example, Josh clients with Comcast can now say, “OK Josh, stop the music,
close the shades halfway, dim the lights, and watch ESPN.” Functionality also includes the
ability to navigate the Comcast guide and menu, play, pause, fast-forward, rewind, and select
television content. Josh also now integrates with Samsung IP TVs, offering the ability to toggle
power, control volume, and change sources.

New Lighting Integration – Ketra is announcing native integration with Lutron’s innovative Ketra lighting system. In
addition to on / off commands and adjusting brightness, clients will be able to adjust the color
temperature and the hue of the lights via voice commands or the Josh app.

Enhanced Integrations & Features – Crestron SIMPL Thermostats, Sonos Favorites has also released enhanced functionality with established partners. While Josh was
already controlling Pyng/OS 3 thermostats, a new module now allows integrators to program
Crestron thermostats into Josh via SIMPL as well. Additionally, Josh now auto-discovers and
controls favorites from Sonos, making it easier than ever to voice command or tap to run your
pre-defined playlists.

Learn More About Josh at CEDIA 2019

  1. Visit at booth #4319
  2. Josh Manufacturer Training | – Integrating Voice Control for Luxury Projects |
    Wednesday, September 11th | 3-4:30pm | Room 4C | 0.75 CEU Credits
  3. CEDIA Training | Integrating Custom Voice Control for the Whole Home | Wednesday,
    September 11th | 10:30–12pm | Room 110 | 1.5 CEU Credits
  4. Panel Discussion | Smart Home for Good: Technology Benefits at Every Stage of Life |
    Thursday, September 12th | 1-2pm | Room 712
  5. CEDIA Tech Talk | Designing with Tech | Saturday, September 14th | 11:30-12pm |
    Smart Stage

About The Author

Tim Albright is the founder of AVNation and is the driving force behind the AVNation network. He carries the InfoComm CTS, a B.S. from Greenville College and is pursuing an M.S. in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. When not steering the AVNation ship, Tim has spent his career designing systems for churches both large and small, Fortune 500 companies, and education facilities.


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