CEDIA - Can the Smart Tech Industry Convince Consumers to Take the Smart Home Leap

Home building expert, Sabine H. Schoenberg, offers insights to the smart home tech industry at CEDIA 2016 in Dallas, TX

Will Hackers Outsmart the Smart Home? Why Security Needs to Happen at the Design Level

ABI Research:  The advent of home automation and rapid rise of smart home connected devices is seeing some vendors and new startups scramble to become a part of the movement, with ABI Research forecasting 360 million smart home device shipments by 2020. But many companies are leaving major security flaws in the wake of their hurried attempts to penetrate the market, producing products riddled with bugs and unpatched vulnerabilities. Ignoring cybersecurity at the design level provides a wide open door for malicious threat actors to exploit smart home products.

“We see an alarming increase in ransomware in smart TVs and IP cameras, code injection attacks, evidence of zero-day threats, and password eavesdropping for smart locks and connected devices,” says Dimitrios Pavlakis, Industry Analyst at ABI Research. “The current state of security in the smart home ecosystem is woefully inadequate. Smart home device vendors need to start implementing cybersecurity mechanisms at the design stage of their products.”

Numerous attack vectors have been identified in popular smart home communication protocols, such as ZigBee, Z-Wave, and Wi-Fi. Many companies are creating and selling easy-to-tamper smart locking systems, easy-to-hack sensor systems, and products that host a plethora of software vulnerabilities.  Cont'd...

The Growth of Online Video-Based Learning

The use of written material in education has become boring to today's digital users. Neurological studies have proven that memories are reinforced when an emotion was attached to memory.

CEDIA - ELAN Debuts Major Software Update, Including Amazon Echo Integration

"The new ELAN software update allows custom installers to integrate more devices into the system than ever before," said Tom McKeon, Core Brands Software Product Manager. "As the connected home market expands, so too does ELAN's capability to serve as the primary controller for every residential project. This new software reinforces the fact that ELAN is, and will continue to be, the most intuitive control hub for any smart home."

CEDIA - LUXUL INTRODUCES DUAL-BAND OUTDOOR WIRELESS BRIDGE KIT

XWO-BKT1 Gives Professional Installers a Simple and Cost-Effective Way to Deliver High Quality Wi-Fi to Guest Houses, Outbuildings and Outdoor Areas

CEDIA - Nortek Security & Control Launches Weather-tight, Hardwired Doorbell Camera for the Security and Custom Dealer

New video doorbell with two-way audio features battery-free installation and hermetically-sealed design for long-lasting performance.

CEDIA - Wilson Electronics Debuts New Cellular Signal Booster System With Efficient Dual-Booster Design

With the Addition of an Inline Booster, Customers Will Experience Maximum Coverage With No Loss to System Performance in Offices and Buildings

Vivitar Introduces A Smart Home Kit Perfect For The DIY Homeowner or Renter

With Simple, One-Step Installation Control Lighting, Electric Usage, and Monitor From Anywhere in the World

CEDIA - SureCall's First All-in-One Signal Booster to Improve Weak Cellular and Wi-Fi Signals

New Fusion7 empowers cellular, Wi-Fi and HDTV capabilities for residences and businesses

CEDIA - Control4 Launches Bakpak 4.0, Establishing a New Standard for Network and Automation Management for Connected Homes

Available now to all 5,000 Control4 and Pakedge dealers to enable remote management for connected homes

CEDIA - Control4 Deepens Homeowner Personalization with OS 2.9, Delivers New Integration Partnerships and Expanded Dealer Opportunities

The "Connects with Control4" program includes nearly 10,000 supported third-party devices, with new partners Amazon, Lutron, Sonos, Z-Wave and more, driving the industry's largest interoperable smart home ecosystem.

CEDIA - LUXUL INTRODUCES SCALABLE WIRELESS ROUTER SERIES

XWR-1200 and XWR-3100 Incorporate Luxul Roam Assist™ Controller Technology for Simple Wi-Fi Network Expansion and Seamless Client Roaming

Too Much: IoT, IoE isn't Coming to Benefit You, the Customer

All those connected objects will yield data on how machines and people interact with them. The fact that they can't manage the data they are already accumulating doesn't bother them because more is always better.

CEDIA - Parks Associates to present home systems and audio research at CEDIA, September 14-15

Parks Associates, a leading international IoT research firm, will discuss new data on high-end audio and home systems at CEDIA EXPO 2016, September 14-15 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.

Haven Lock Partners with UniKey to Release Haven Connect Smart Lock

Haven Lock and UniKey Technologies are partnering to release the new smart lock Haven Connect. Haven Connect is the first truly preventative smart lock that is 10x stronger than a traditional deadbolt lock.

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