CES 16 - GreenPeak Showcases ZigBee And Thread Multi-Channel Radio Chip At CES

New GP712 Smart Home radio chip combines ZigBee PRO, ZigBee RF4CE and Thread in a single, low-cost component

CES 16 - Amped Wireless Debuts First Long Range, High Power Wi-Fi HD Cameras with up to 3X the Range

New HD Cameras can be installed virtually anywhere in a home or office with up to 3X the Wi-Fi range of standard cameras

CES 16 - Domotz to Debut Affordable Home Monitoring and Tech Support System for the Connected Home at CES 2016

Professional-Level Monitoring Features Now Available to Consumers for only $2.99 a Month; Works with Any Connected Device Regardless of Brand or Manufacturer

CES 16 - ZigBee Alliance Creating End-to-End IoT Product Development Solution that Brings Its Industry-Leading Applications Library to Thread Group's IP Network Protocol

• Solution will expand the reach of the ZigBee Applications Library - the industry's most complete for IoT device interoperability - by adding compatibility with the Thread Group's Internet Protocol (IP) networking layer to ZigBee's comprehensive and proven set of solutions for the wireless IoT. • In partnership, the ZigBee Alliance and the Thread Group will provide a roadmap for specifications, branding, and a complete test and certification program. • Users can leverage investments in ZigBee technology, expanding their market opportunities as the Alliance continues to broaden its portfolio and drive industrywide standards unification opportunities for the IoT. • Solution will have broad industry support from multiple major suppliers backing both technology groups.

CES 16 - BeON Home Announces Expanded Availability and Compatibility of Industry-First Smart Preventative Security System at CES 2016

BeON Home, creator of the first Bluetooth Smart home protection system that provides preventative security, safety and emergency lighting, makes its CES debut and today introduces Android™ compatibility, expanded retail availability and international shipping.

CES 16 - Lowe's Announces Professional Monitoring for Iris Smart Home Solution

Affordable new service enhances Iris by Lowe's smart home security and peace of mind Company to showcase new generation of Iris at 2016 International CES

Simple Control Adds Amazon Echo Integration

Amazon Certification of Simple Control for Use with Amazon Echo Allows Voice Control of AV Gear and Smart Devices.

CES 16 - Whirlpool Brand Brings Smart with Heart to CES

Every day, care™ Campaign Inspires Care-Centric Product Innovations and Concepts

CES 16 - Elexa Consumer Products selects Axalent and Arrayent as its IoT solution partners for Dome Smart Home line of products.

Elexa has chosen Axalent to support its Dome Smart Home connected product initiative. Elexa selected Axalent because of its proven ability to deliver comprehensive connected product solutions, Z-Wave LAN protocol expertise, and extensive systems integration experience utilizing the Arrayent Connect IoT platform.

Z-Wave Tackles IoT Security, Consumer Education as Ecosystem Hits New Milestones

With a year of steady growth, new partnerships, a new online consumer education initiative and augmented security for Z-Wave IoT devices, the Z-Wave Alliance announces year-end milestones. Since the beginning of 2015, the Z-Wave ecosystem has seen almost 100 new member companies, the addition of 250 certified devices and another 15 million smart home devices shipped into the marketplace.

Vinli Launches Comprehensive Connected Car to Connected Home Integration

New cross-platform Vinli Home Connect system brings home, car into one interface Compatible with Icontrol Networks, Nest, and Samsung SmartThings

CES 2016: LG And Samsung battle for smart home leadership

By ROB ENDERLE for TechSpective:  LG and Samsung are planning to do battle for control of your home at CES. Samsung is bringing its acquired SmartThings technology to TVs to provide a central hub from which your home can be controlled. LG just announced it is going to showcase its Smarthome Hub at CES as well. Each idea has its merits and problems, but I think LG is closer to what we initially need than Samsung is. Let me explain.

Right now the concept of the Smart Home is a mess and it has been a mess ever since X10 went to that technology graveyard in the sky. We have a bunch of warring “standards” that don’t interoperate, mixed conformance with the standards that do exist, and the end result is that when you buy into a smart home solution, chances are you will be creating an insane stupid house that constantly doesn’t do what you paid a ton of money to get it to do.

Currently we have 4 major legacy smart home platforms: X-10 which started it all back in the 1970s but is mostly gone today, ZigBee and Z Wave which are alliances, and Insteon which is tied directly to one company. Recently a 5th joined this group called Alljoyn which was created by Qualcomm the most powerful player in the smartphone world. With smartphones becoming the most likely controller for the new smart home, there was a chance that this alliance could do what the others had not–create something that actually works.  Cont'd...

CES 16 - CES Startup Spotlight: Eureka Park Exhibitors Funded at more than $1 Billion Since 2012

Expanded Eureka Park Marketplace to feature 500 startups at CES 2016

Tekmax Technologies Receives WELD2's 2015 WELDer of the Year Award

Systems integrator Tekmax Technologies of Plano, TX receives WELD2's 2015 WELDer of the Year Award. WELD2 gives the award to the customer they feel best embody the principles of honesty and integrity, coupled with business acumen and community activity. Tekmax founder Ray Estrada has consistently demonstrated all of these since founding his Dallas area AV and automation firm in 2009. WELD2, founded by longtime industry vet Barry Scovel and CEDIA icon Frank White, focuses on building more profitable customer relationships for integrators.

CES 16 - LG Advances Smart Home Ecosystem With Smart ThinQ Hub At CES 2016

New Gateway Sends Notifications from Appliances and Sensors, Displays Schedule Reminders and Streams Music

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