Ottawa, Canada-based Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) renamed its Internet Home Alliance Research Council as CABA's Connected Home Research Council. In accordance with the name change, the research council will also renew its brand identity, aiming to simplify its presentation to the marketplace and to promote a strong link with its parent organization, CABA.

“The new name and brand identity are expected to position CABA's Connected Home Research Council as a modern, aggressive, competitive, and strong collaborative research unit within the organization that represents a flourishing group of international companies,” says Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA president and CEO. “The name change indicates to industry and consumers alike that the home has gone beyond the Internet and now embraces myriad new connected technologies.”

David Dollihite, vice president of product and business development for Direct Energy, Toronto, was named the chair of the newly renamed council. Orly Cocco, future home innovation manager for Procter & Gamble, Toronto, was named vice-chair of the research council.

The council will continue to function as a cross-industry network of leading companies engaged in collaborative research. Currently, council-initiated projects include a research study on connected home user interfaces, a comparison of video broadcast versus Internet video delivery, and a study examining the purchase processes surrounding home networking products. The council expects to release its 2008 State of the Connected Home Market Study in early January 2009.