Inside The Industry: Home Automation
(left to right) Ron Gumina, Greg Rhoades, Jay McLellan, Tom Morgan, Scott Dudoussat, Aaron Ard (not pictured)
Here in the “Silicon Swamp,” some of the brightest minds in technology, engineering, app development and coding are improving lives across the world. As a 111-year innovator and global manufacturer, Leviton has made New Orleans the epicenter of connectivity through the local creation of apps, clouds, embedded firmware and hardware that turn homes and businesses into “smart” and safe places to live and work.
This year, Leviton announced the opening of its new, state-of-the-art Innovation Center in the Warehouse District to enable and inspire advanced engineering. The Innovation Center joins the previously opened LIVE Experience Center in furthering Leviton’s technology development in New Orleans and elevating the global home and business automation industry.
Leviton is in the majority of North American homes, most commonly installed as a light switch or protective electrical receptacle. Now, the company is proud to become a household name in automation with more than 125 recognitions and awards—10 this year—for their innovative technologies such as the Decora Smart™ advanced wireless lighting system, which provides elegance, security and energy savings with the convenience of app- and voice-based control.
“Within the past two years, we’ve launched smart solutions with Apple, Samsung, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, JBL and many others on the horizon,” says Greg Rhoades, Director of Marketing. “It’s great being a nimble team that can quickly enact change and bring huge benefits to the end-user.”
Leviton made the move to New Orleans in 2012 with the acquisition of local company Home Automation, Incorporated, founded by Jay McLellan. Known as a “father of home automation” by the consumer electronics industry, McLellan is now the Vice President of Leviton New Orleans.