ISC West - NAPCO Security Technologies to Launch Expanded iBridge® Integration and Functionality at ISC West
Company to Unveil Advancements to Security Products at Booth 12043 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas
Stacey Higginbotham for Fortune: In January 2014, Google (now under the parent umbrella corporation Alphabet) said it would purchase Nest for $3.2 billion, which validated the hopes and dreams of hundreds of startups that were also building connected products for the consumer home. After the deal was announced, the VC world went mad searching for investments, while larger companies searched for potential acquisition targets. At industry events that year, everyone I ran into with a connected product or a KickStarter was in talks to sell out or score more funds. But two years later, the reality has set in as entrepreneurs in the space are dealing with a skeptical customer base and the challenges of seeing their grand vision for a connected home get mired in rival standards. Meanwhile, economic concerns are leading tech companies to prepare for everything from a nuclear winter to a mild recession. Cont'd...
Jared Newman for TechHive: Google and Nest reportedly have a bunch of new smart home products in the works, but there may not be much collaboration happening between the two Alphabet subsidiaries. On the Google side, the search giant may be working on a competitor to Amazon’s Echo connected speaker, according to The Information (via The Verge). The story reveals no details about the product, but it seems like an obvious fit for Google, which has already made voice controls a centerpiece of its Android Wear smartwatch platform. A device that answers Internet queries and controls other smart home products could very well tie into Google’s broader efforts to create a new platform for the Internet of Things. Earlier this month, Recode reported that Nest had explored its own Echo-like product. But Nest ultimately abandoned the plans, partly out of concerns that an always-listening virtual assistant with ties to Google might freak people out. The Information now reports that Nest wanted to be involved with Google’s connected-speaker efforts, but was rebuffed. Where does that leave Nest? The company may now be turning its attention to home security, with three projects in development. Cont'd...
More ISE 2016 Awards for Kramer Network and K-Touch Control Solutions Following Their Award-Winning Performance Last Month in Amsterdam
From CEPro: Popular provider of custom-oriented audio, video and smart home technology, URC will launch new system at ISC West 2016 ‘specifically for the home security channel.' Is Vera by MiOS the new partner? URC is a longtime provider of universal remote controls for the masses, and in the past decade has become a major force in the custom home automation market. But the company’s audio, video and smart-home control systems have been marketed almost exclusively to A/V and automation specialists. That’s about to change at ISC West 2016 next month, when the company will introduce HomeSet, “an exciting product line specifically for the home security channel,” according to URC’s exhibitor profile. The description reads in full: URC, leader in smart home automation, introduces the HomeSet control system. Leveraging a rich heritage in control technology, URC has developed this exciting product line specifically for the home security channel. It’s complete and provides the conveniences your customers demand including integration with Sonos and Nest products. Full article:
Dual Path Cellular and Wi-Fi Cloud Upgrade Services Automatically Deliver Routine Enhancements and New Feature Set to End Users
Intelligent HOME partnership expected to expand Icontrol's presence in Japan significantly by the end of 2016
First-of-its-kind trade show gathers builders, contractors of all kinds, integrators, developers, remodelers, architects and more to talk smart home. Today, all those responsible for delivering homes to U.S. consumers get smarter and more connected on the smart, connected home.
Smartphones and Voice Commands Vie for Control over the Rapidly Growing Smart Home Market, According to The NPD Group
Home Automation Sales Up 41 Percent Year-over-Year in 2015
Latest version of D-Tools' award-winning solution adds over 50 productivity improvements, including SupplyStream and QuickBooks Online integration as well as enhancements to proposals, purchasing, scheduling and installation management
The 2016 conference features two days of technical content and keynotes from experts at Cisco, Intel, and TTTech
Valentina Palladino for Ars Technica: Smart security cameras are one of the easiest ways to start transforming your normal home into a connected home. Everyone knows about Alphabet's Nest cam, but there are plenty of other cameras to consider from companies including Samsung, D-Link, and Canary. However, you don't have to drop $200 on a bulbous eye-looking camera if you don't want to—there are apps for that. Numerous Android and iOS apps claim to use your old smartphone's cameras to replicate the features of these dedicated cams, letting you check in from your current smartphone whenever you want. These security apps have nearly the same features as regular smart cameras but are free to download and require no extra hardware. Even older phones are powerful enough to be repurposed. That doesn't mean the apps are quite as good as purpose-built security cameras, though. We looked into the differences between home security cameras and their smartphone equivalents (specifically the apps Manything and Alfred) to see if one method of monitoring your home is better than the other. Cont'd...
Luxul Technology will showcase it's new Match 2.0 IoT Metered Smart Switch from April 26th to 28th at this year's LIGHTFAIR® International expo in San Diego California. With a full "Experience Center," users will get a hands on feel for the features of the lighting system, including App control, dimming, and occupancy sensors.
Luxul Technology has announced the launch of their new MATCH 2.0 IoT product line. The newest offering from Luxul Technology, MATCH 2.0 is fully CA Title 24 compliant, making it a comprehensive lighting solution for commercial or residential property owners, managers and contractors. The product will be on display at several trade shows this spring, including a full debut at this April's LIGHTFAIR® International (LFI) convention in San Diego.
For Garrett-Walker Homes, a prominent builder in Arizona, a new home should provide friendly floor plans, value, and quality construction. The builder is accomplishing this by utilizing local craftsman and key manufacturer partners to create high caliber homes. To provide the smart home technology in the Del Rio Ranch community in Avondale, AZ, Garrett-Walker Homes has turned to Clare Controls to install a range of products in 130 homes as part of its standard base package.
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Smart Bulbs are out there and they can do far more then just provide light. Speakers, projectors, wi-fi extenders and more. The standard light socket that is wired up and ready to go in nearly every home in North America is now providing an easy and affordable option for home owners and renters alike to enter into the world of the "Smart Home". Here is a look at some of the Smart Bulbs and Smart Lighting options out there, and this list is just the beginning. In this ongoing article we hope to continue to add to and grow this list, so stay tuned!