​Thread, ZigBee, Z-Wave: Why smart home standards matter

Dan Sung for Wareable:  Wi-Fi has proved to be a really effective way of getting our laptops, our tablets, our phones and even our TVs and stereo systems to talk to the internet but it's not working for the smart home. The Internet of Things has more subtle needs than these big-batteried, regularly charged or permanently powered items, and clunky old Wi-Fi can't handle the pressure of getting scores of small sensors talking. You might have heard of names ZigBee, Z-Wave and, more recently, Thread but what do they do? And should be you considering them when planning your smart home? Read on to find out. Why standards matter:  Let's say you fill your home with connectable devices. They're sitting there - your washing machine, your door lock, your toasted sandwich maker or whatever - and they're bursting with notifications to send to you and to each other.   Cont'd...

RTI Announces New Two-Way Driver for Fusion Research's Play-Fi® Music Server

The new driver, developed by Fusion, allows integrators to seamlessly incorporate their Play-Fi server into RTI automation systems, providing their clients with a wide variety of music options and convenient control of whole-home audio.

Control4 Announces 2016 Smart Home Essentials Tour

With networking, lighting and entertainment leading the agenda, Control4 brings competitive business strategies to their dealers throughout North America, EMEA, APAC and Latin America.

New Research Proves 'Do-it-for-Me' Approach to Smart Home Earns High Customer Satisfaction

Icontrol Networks Profiles Professionally-Installed Smart Home Customers; Shows Security and Support Driving Factors in DIFM Smart Home Decisions

The Thread Group Continues to Expand Influence Across Connected Home

Alliance Appoints New President, Enhances Focus on Europe and Asia, Deepens Engagement with IoT Industry Groups and Continues to Make Membership Accessible to Early Stage Innovators

WigWag Powers Smart Home Evolution, Unveils Filament Lighting Kit

Provides the Entry Point for a Personalized and Interoperable Smart Home

Domotz has acquired Fing the leader in on-the-go Network Scanning

Domotz, today announced it has acquired Fing, the world's #1 network scanning app. Since launching in 2011, the Fing app which enables users to quickly scan a network and see all connected devices, evaluate security levels, detect intruders and resolve network issues, has quickly become the world's most popular network scanning technology on mobile phones and tablets.

Parks Associates Research Reveals the Connected Garage Door Is Most Frequently Used Smart Home Device

Chamberlain Executive to Reveal Further Connected-Home Insights at IoT World This Week

LG Electronics, ADT + frog Win Red Dot Award: Product Design for LG Smart Security Device

All-in-one home security system's ingenious design takes consumer-first approach

EnviSmart, a New Solar Company Specializing in Energy Management Opens in Texas

The next evolution of the home solar energy is found within EnviSmart. This new company specializes in solar, energy management, home automation and security for the savvy home owner and is saving people money and the environment, one home at a time.

Home automation start-up iGloo to raise $7m and hit US after wowing Microsoft

Yolanda Redrup for Financial Review:  An Australian start-up that has developed an app to enable old household appliances to be upgraded for home automation systems, will expand to the US and raise $7 million after impressing executives at tech giant Microsoft.  iGloo uses Bluetooth technology to enable home heating systems, lights, blinds and other appliances to be controlled by a mobile app. Its development has been buoyed by support from Microsoft after a local executive saw co-founders Kaye Priest and David Cowie presenting it at the Melbourne Home Show two years ago. The business is now readying to raise $7 million in capital, $5 million of it from the United States, which it intends to get under way once it has established a US office this month. "Microsoft invited us to their headquarters in Seattle last year and facilitated a meeting between us and the largest manufacturer of gas fires in the United States," Ms Priest told The Australian Financial Review.   Cont'd...

Just Add Power Joins D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program

Just Add Power's full range of award-winning HDMI over IP distribution products now available to D-Tools System Integrator™ licensees

Qorvo® Unveils New Software Development Kit to Accelerate Deployment of Smart Home Gateways

New ZigBee 3.0 SDK eases compatibility with multiple communication protocols in today's Smart Home

Parks Associates speaking at key IoT events this week: Internet of Things World, Future Connected Cars, and ATA

Analysts to Discuss New Research on Security in the Connected Home, Predictive Intelligent Systems, and the Digital Health Market

Coldwell Banker Real Estate and CNET Define "The Smart Home"

New definition creates a clear, standardized designation for real estate agents, home buyers and home sellers

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