This Small Device Detects Cyber Threats In Your Smart Home Devices

Jennifer Hicks for Forbes:  By 2025, IDC says that 80 billion devices will be connected to the internet. In the near future, Gartner predicts that by 2020 there will be approximately 25 billion IoT-enabled devices. If you need more proof of rapid consumer adoption in practical terms, Amazon Echo has sold 5.1 million smart speakers in just the first two years of being on the market. 

Now, let's look at the data from all this connectivity. Planet Technology gathered some Internet of Things (IoT) statistics and came up with an infographic that puts the upsurge in connectivity and the data it generates into perspective. If a byte of data was a gallon of water, today in 2016, it would only take 10 seconds to fill the average house with data. By 2020, it will only take two seconds. That's a lot of data being collected by your smart home devices from your intelligent fridge to your connected washing machine, baby monitor and thermostat.  Cont'd...

Z-Wave Smart Home Device Adoption Grows in 2016; FIBARO Joins the Alliance Board of Directors

The Z-Wave Alliance welcomes FIBARO to its Principal Level Membership & Board and announces year-end ecosystem milestones

WinPatrol Anti-Ransom Solution Adds New Interactive Dashboard

Users have instant view and control of what is blocked or running on their Windows systems

Metra Home Theater Group Announces 8-Channel Wireless Spyclops Kit

All-in-One kit features network video recorder, cameras and power supplies

Homematic IP announced as sponsor for CONNECTIONS™ Summit

11th-annual conference examines innovative smart home platforms expanding the IoT

Comcast wants in on your smart home. Here's how it'll get there

Roger Cheng & David Priest for CNet:  When Fraser Stirling was 16, his father asked him what he wanted to study in school. His answer: industrial design.

His father, who's been an assistant principal and a soccer coach, wasn't pleased. "[He] said that was not a proper job for a man in his house," Stirling recalled in a thick Scottish accent. "He wanted me to get a job where I could actually make some money."

Twenty years later, Stirling is in charge of designing products for the unlikeliest of companies: Comcast.

Yes, the nation's largest cable company, known for delivering "The Walking Dead" to your TV and making you wait hours for a repair technician, is (kinda) entering the hardware business. Comcast has unveiled its first family of products specifically designed by the company to serve its Xfinity Home business.  Cont'd...

Guardian by Dome, a Groundbreaking Water Damage Prevention System, to Launch at CES 2017

Guardian by Dome's Innovative System is a "Must See" for CES Attendees

NEW DRIVER FOR ELK' S M 1 CONTROLS RECEIVES CONTROL4 CERTIFICATION

The new driver for ELK M1 Security and Automation Controls has received certification from Control4. This driver provides simple and quick integration with Control4 via RS-232 or an IP address. It provides greater control for integrators and provides more detailed system information that results in an enhanced user experience.

PORTAL Introduces WiFi Mesh 2.0

World's Fastest Urban WiFi Router Adds Next Generation Smart Mesh Technology to Deliver Maximum and Seamless WiFi to the Largest Homes

How to Protect Connected Home Devices and Appliances from Cyber Attacks

Security is a requirement for all consumer IoT devices, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant. By adding a few basic capabilities, the security of any device can be significantly increased.

Logitech Integrates Unique Intelligence Into Home Security Cameras Including Person Detection

Introduces Additional Storage Option, and Customized Motion Zones and Alerts

PowerHouse Alliance Members Present 12 Deals for Dealers

Expanding beyond traditional security, wireless, automation and AV lines, PowerHouse Alliance distributor members bring holiday cheer with giveaways, stocking stuffers and gadgets.

10-15% of broadband households in Western Europe trust their broadband service provider for smart home products or services

rks Associates and Sigma Designs to host industry webcast addressing telco business strategies in Europe and Israel

UW Engineers Achieve Wi-Fi at 10,000 Times Lower Power

From Jennifer Langston at University of Washington's UWToday:  A team of University of Washington computer scientists and electrical engineers has demonstrated that it’s possible to generate Wi-Fi transmissions using 10,000 times less power than conventional methods.

The new Passive Wi-Fi system also consumes 1,000 times less power than existing energy-efficient wireless communication platforms, such as Bluetooth Low Energy and Zigbee. A paper describing those results will be presented in March at the 13th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation.

The technology has also been named one of the 10 breakthrough technologies of 2016 by MIT Technology Review... (full article) (paper) (hackernews technical discussion)

Bitdefender to Showcase the Secure Smart Home of the Future at CES 2017

Integrated cybersecurity takes center stage in the safe smart home of the future

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