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  • home-builder-wireless-switch-control-technology Alberta Leading Wireless Construction Tech

    This February, Alberta became the first province to update its building code to allow for wireless control of electricity in new residential construction. Alberta government officials and business leaders put a spotlight on the change at an event this Tuesday. The #AlbertaBuilderAdvantage event was hosted by Levven Electronics.

    CBC News was present to cover the event:

    Faster Construction Time with Less Cost

    “Going wire-free allows for faster construction and increased access to smart technology,” said James Keirstead, president and CEO of Levven Electronics.

    James Keirstead, president and CEO of Levven Electronics, said Alberta is leading the way with wireless technology. (Scott Neufeld/CBC)

    “It means that we can bring a lot of advantages to Alberta builders that will conserve resources, such as labor and materials, and bring the internet of things into everyday people’s homes,” he remarked.

    Using wire-free controls instead of traditional wired switches yields:

    FASTER BUILD CYCLE TIMES

    Builders and their installing trades can save two days of construction and increase consistency and quality in every home.

    CONSERVATION

    800 feet of building wire can be saved from every home while shielding builders from rising copper prices.

    SMART-HOME READY

    Homes are built with a smart-ready electrical system and the base cost of the home can be reduced.

    “By removing all the labor and all the materials that go into making the switch and the light connect together, we save that money that can go into the cost of the materials for the new switch,” Keirstead said. “So that ends up being cost neutral for the builder.”

    Breakthrough for Alberta Home Builders

    Alberta Municipal Affairs Minister Shaye Anderson said wireless technology is a breakthrough in construction. (Scott Neufeld/CBC)

    Shaye Anderson, Alberta Municipal Affairs Minister, described the wireless technology as a breakthrough in construction.

    “The technology will save homeowners and builders money, and be more sustainable, cutting out pollution that comes from harvesting copper and plastic,” he said.

    “I see a lot of opportunity more than challenges, and that’s why, as Municipal Affairs with our safety codes, we just said, ‘You know what, let’s get ahead of the curve on this because Albertans want it and they deserve it.’ ”

    “Fire and safety codes are under the purview of Municipal Affairs, and national safety codes are adopted automatically. But Alberta felt particularly proactive about the wireless technology,” he exclaimed.

    “This one here is one of those ones where we know it’s going to be coming in the future, but we jumped ahead on it. Get out of the way and enable industries to adapt and innovate? Perfect, let’s do it.”

    This story was originally posted on cbc.ca/news by Kaylen Small on May 23, 2018.
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/edmonton-wireless-technology-first-in-alberta-1.4673941

    Levven Electronics is the designer and manufacturer of GoConex Genius wire-free switches. Learn how builders benefit with wire-free switching here. 

  • James Keirstead talks ‘Entrepreneur Ecosystems’ at PWC Vision-to-Reality Event

    Levven Electronics president James Keirstead spoke at yesterday’s PWC Vision to Reality Awards in Edmonton. This award program seeks to recognize Canada’s most forward-thinking and innovative organizations.

    Levven Electronics president James Keirstead speaks about innovation culture at PWC V2R Vision to Reality
    Levven Electronics president James Keirstead speaks about innovation culture at PWC V2R Vision to Reality. Pictured from left to right: Amy Brohman (Marketing, PWC), David Bryan (Partner, PWC), James Keirstead (Levven Electronics), Don Iveson (Mayor, Edmonton) Catherine O'Neill, (Marketing, PWC)

    Rainforest Innovation Culture

    “To become a hub of innovation, we need a culture that encourages natural collisions between entrepreneurs, funders, subject experts, and service providers. When we break out of our typical circles, we give ourselves the opportunity to spark something new.

    “We call that the ‘rainforest’ – a flourishing ecosystem with many species, combining in new and interesting ways. Often creating something we’ve never seen before.

    Levven Electronics came from a non-related industry, but is now a full-bore tech concern. We decided to enter the home automation market with simple power-control modules. We introduced our first GoConex power control products in 2013. Back then, we would have told you we were a device manufacturer. We’ve since invested heavily in our development team. Now we’re building out a complete software platform to connect devices, open up home automation to possibilities that never existed before, and make it available and affordable to everyone in their home and commercial building.

    “In short, we started as a vertical integration play, morphed into a device manufacturer and morphed again into a platform company that’s poised to disrupt an entire industry. But we weren’t in a vacuum here. We were rubbing shoulders – getting advice and input from innumerable coaches, contemporaries, and even competitors.”

    Making Your Own Innovation Leap

    “Many think innovation comes in rare leaps like the light bulb, radio, or iPod.  People say, ‘I can’t come up with something that revolutionary, so why even try.’ That’s all wrong. Anyone can innovate. Innovation is a series of little steps that lead to game-changing ideas. It’s not a rare single epiphany. It’s a process.

    “If we’re going to disrupt our businesses, our community, our industries, and the world, we need to swing for the fence and invest in hiring and retaining the world class talent developing right here in our community.

    • Get involved in your community by attending networking events and innovation ecosystem summits.
    • Look to scale and grow outside of your province and country. We can compete globally.
    • Take more risk. Invest more in technology, start new projects, and hire development people.

    If you do so, your business and our community will flourish.”

    James Keirstead is an Edmonton-based “serial entrepreneur” and the president of Levven Electronics. For his contribution in pioneering GoConex wire-free power control technology, James was a 2017 Manning Innovation Award co-winner.

  • GoConex Wire-Free Switching Wins 2017 Manning Innovation Award

    Levven Electronics president James Keirstead and research & development director Jim Qualie have claimed a prestigious Manning Innovation Award for pioneering the wireless technology behind the GoConex wire-free switch.

    GoConex wire-free switching increases convenience and safety while reducing economic and environmental costs for builders, installing trades, and homeowners.

    jim-qualie-and-james-keirstead-manning-innovation-award-presentation-gala

    The Ernest C. Manning Foundation presents the Innovation Award to talented Canadian innovators who are improving the lives of Canadians and others worldwide through their commercialized innovations. The 36th Annual Awards were presented at a gala event in Toronto’s Scotiabank Centre on Nov 29.

    “It is an honour to be selected as a Manning Innovation award recipient,” says Keirstead, CEO and President of Edmonton-based Levven Electronics. “Canada is relying on its innovators to connect, collaborate, experiment and solve big problems.”

    “The GoConex wire-free switch speeds up construction, increases work capacity, conserves resources and labour, and introduces new features that wired switches can’t easily or cost-effectively deliver.” Keirstead explains.  “We are seeing builders and electricians adopt this innovation because it gives them a way to earn new dollars that traditional wired switches can’t provide.”

    By eliminating the need to physically connect switches to lights and other devices, the GoConex switch erases the economic and environmental cost of installing wire and boxes inside the wall for wired switches. In a typical new home build, wire-free switching conserves hundreds of feet of copper wire, dozens of electrical boxes, and hours of skilled labour. These savings actually make the cost of wire-free less expensive than traditional wiring.

    Jim Qualie, director of Research and Development at Levven Electronics, said, “It’s wonderful that the Ernest C. Manning Foundation celebrates Canadian innovators. Taking risks to do new things, to create, and to be committed to what drives them. It feels amazing to receive an award for doing the things I love to do.”

    Builder and electrical contracting companies partnered with GoConex are installing wire-free switches in new residential projects in Alberta and Arizona. To enquire about using GoConex in your residential or commercial project, contact Levven Electronics.

  • Edmonton Journal covers Levven’s SpaBoy, GoConex and GoRave Products

    Photograph by: Shaughn Butts , Edmonton Journal. Levven Electronics president James Keirstead with the SpaBoy phone app and the SpaBoy controller.

    What does the future hold for spa, audio and switch products? Bill Mah, Business Journalist for the Edmonton Journal, interviewed Levven President James Keirstead to find out.

    ► Read the complete story at edmontonjournal.com.

  • CTV News covers SpaBoy by Levven

    CTV Edmonton’s Consumer Watch Reporter Kim Taylor reported on SpaBoy by Levven Electronics.

    Thank you for telling the people about one of our products! Original post by CTV can be found here.

  • Levven launches GoRave – first product in the Go Family

    We want you to enjoy the Big Audio that’s trapped in your smartphone, tablet or computer devices. GoRave unlocks your audio and lets you cast music, podcasts and video from any app on your device out to great-sounding loudspeakers installed in your space.

    At Levven, we are passionate about enhancing your spaces and the way you live. We focus our design, manufacturing and customer efforts to “bring automation to the everyday guy”.

    GoRave is the first in our new GO family of automation products. Visit http://gorave.com to start your GoRave experience.