Crowdfund launches to back portable smart home hub

The Yoswit Portable IR Hub uses the latest Bluetooth technology to connect and control home appliance, from the air conditioning, to maintain each individual's perfect temperature, to the TV.

Amped Wireless' ALLY Named Among Most Innovative Smart Home Devices of 2017

Amped Wireless found themselves named twice, as a CES 2017 Innovations Award Honoree

Safety and Home/Away Use Cases Dominate Smart Home Interoperability Matrix

Parks Associates:  New research from Parks Associates finds smart home solutions that coordinate safety and home/away event scenarios could help a device manufacturer create cross-platform brand loyalty similar to Apple's dominance in CE device ecosystems. The IoT research firm finds U.S. consumers are more likely to own multiple CE products from Apple than from any other CE brand, with loyalty based largely around its mobile platforms. The emerging smart home markets do not have a dominant cross-platform player yet and represent an opportunity to establish a new population of brand loyalists. 
"Apple has built a strong base of brand loyalists—82% of Mac users who purchased a smartphone chose an iPhone. By comparison, only 38% of non-Mac users who bought a smartphone chose an iPhone," said Brett Sappington, Senior Research Director, Parks Associates. "But cross-platform loyalty is difficult to achieve. Beyond Apple, ecosystem-based thinking among U.S. consumers is not natural; manufacturers must bridge this gap through product development and marketing that emphasize brand-specific benefits in use cases that apply across computing, mobile, and entertainment platforms.   Cont'd...
 

Safety and Home/Away Use Cases Dominate Smart Home Interoperability Matrix

IoT research firm surveys consumers on preferred smart home device functions

Wireless Smart Home Technology Leader Chooses Orange Business Services to Boost User Experience with Seamless IoT Connectivity

Orange to supply Chuango with multi-roaming SIMs for next three years Out-of-the-box connectivity improves user experience and home security

Nortek Security & Control Gears for Growth and Innovation - Expands Manufacturing Capacity, Adds Key Executive Talent

Carlsbad, CA - November 28, 2016 - Nortek Security & Control, a leader in the security, smart home and wellness technology markets, announced today new executive staff additions and role changes to better position itself for continued growth, deliver faster product time to market, fuel more innovation, and serve a growing customer base. Additionally, Nortek Security & Control will be expanding its manufacturing capacity by 25 percent.

Home security systems 101: Things to consider

Janet Thomson for Curbed:  When we talk about home tech, we’re often focused on products from technology juggernauts or new startups, but home security systems, the predecessors to today’s smart home ecosystems, have been used for decades (the first system was invented in 1969 by Marie Van Brittan Brown, and it featured a closed-circuit television system, a remote controlled door, and two-way communication).

Today there are literally thousands of options on the market, ranging from DIY kits to hardwired systems built into your home. How to choose? We went to the home security experts to understand the differences between systems and key features you should consider before installing.  Cont'd...

COMMODORE HOME - YOUR SMART HOME FOR 1983

Brian Benchoff for Hackaday:  The Internet of Things is a horrific waste of time, even though no one knows exactly what it is. What would make it better? Classic Commodore gear, of course. Now you can run your smart home with a Commodore 64 and Commodore Home, the newest smart home framework from [retro.moe].

Commodore Home comes with the standard smart home features you would expect. The home lighting solution is a dot matrix printer, a few gears, and string tied to the light switch. Activate the printer, and the lights turn on and off. Brilliant. Multiple light switches can be controlled by daisy chaining printers.

Security is important in the smart home, and while the intruder alarm isn’t completely functional, future versions of Commodore Home will dial a modem, log into a BBS, and leave a message whenever an authorized person enters your home.  Cont'd...

Z-Wave smart-home gadgets announce new IoT security standards

Ry Crist for CNet:  Less than a month ago, hackers took control of an ocean of unsecured connected home devices, then essentially crashed the entire internet by using them to flood the web's largest internet management company with bogus traffic. Now, the makers of smart gadgets that communicate using Z-Wave are ratcheting up their security standards to help reassure consumers that their products don't come with glaring vulnerabilities.

"No one can afford to sit on their hands and wait," says Mitchell Klein, executive director of the Z-Wave Alliance. "Consumers deserve IoT devices in their home to have the strongest levels of security possible. IoT smart home technologies that don't act will be left behind."

The new standards are called the "Security 2" framework, or S2 for short. Aside from shoring up encryption standards for transmissions between sensors, cameras, and thermostats that broadcast using Z-Wave, S2 also mandates new pairing procedures for each device -- namely, unique PIN or QR codes on the devices themselves.  Cont'd...

Lowe's "SmartSpot Powered By b8ta" Asks, How Smart Is Your Home

Home improvement retailer and specialized software-powered technology retailer collaborate to simplify the smart home shopping experience

IU leads $1 million NSF-funded smart-home effort to advance health and independence in older adults

Indiana University Bloomington:  As part of a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, Indiana University has received over $670,000 to establish "HomeSHARE," the first networked system of smart homes designed to advance research on older adults.

The funds from the NSF's Computing Research Infrastructure Program will support the installation of high-tech sensors and other equipment in the homes of 15 elderly volunteers throughout the city of Bloomington. The project is an effort to improve the quality of life of elders through the unobtrusive collection of high-quality research data.

"As far as we're aware, this is the first large-scale research infrastructure project focused on smart homes," said Kay Connelly, an associate professor in the IU School of Informatics and Computing, who is the leader on the grant. "Typically, research infrastructure awards help maintain complex systems like supercomputers, or the purchase of advanced equipment. In this case, we’re looking to generate research data from people who enroll in a long-term study."  Cont'd...

Quantum StorNext Shared Storage Powers Collaborative Edit Workflow at MNC Group

StorNext and MXFserver Support Efficient Platform-Agnostic Postproduction Environment

VMP Announces New 19-Inch Equipment Rack Enclosure at ISC East 2016

Now Shipping, the Latest and Largest in the Popular EREN Series Line, the 42 Rack Space EREN-42E1K Has a Usable Depth of 33 Inches and a Load Capacity of 1,300 lbs.

Z-Wave Alliance Announces New Security Requirements for All Z-Wave Certified IoT Devices

The Alliance Board of Directors has voted to mandate all devices receiving Z-Wave Certification after April 2nd, 2017 to include new advanced Security 2 (S2) framework

Twenty-first annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference will be held May 23-25, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco

Parks Associates currently accepting speaking submissions

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