Not trying to outdo Comcast, this Philly start-up finds its own home-automation niche

Diane Mastrull for Philly.com: Moorman and Buchert decided that multifamily residences represented a vast opportunity in the IoT -Internet of Things - and launched StratIS (for Strategic Implementation and Support), a software company in East Falls, in June 2015.

A look inside the 2017 HGTV Smart Home in Scottsdale

12 News Arizona:  With an audio system wired into every room, a security system that can monitor for pipe leaks, and outlets with USB ports built in, the HGTV Smart Home 2017 is not your grandma's house.

The fully wired, 3,300-square-foot home is located right in the Valley, in north Scottsdale.  HGTV representatives say they chose Scottsdale -- "The West's Most Western Town" -- for its combination of tech and culture, as well as opportunities for year-round family fun.

Designer Tiffany Brooks says she took her cues for the house from the desert landscape -- using natural materials like stone, wood, leather and glass, as well as incorporating antique tribal pieces and work from local artists.  Full Article and Video:

ISC West - Video Mount Products Features DVR Lockbox Wall Arm Mounts at 2017 ISC West

Working in Conjunction with VMP's Acclaimed DVR-LB1 and DVR-LB3 DVR Lockboxes, the DVR-WA are a Pair of Heavy Duty, Easy to Install DVR Lockbox Wall Mounting Arms

Toys for Tots: Toys are Getting Smarter, More Educational but Riskier

All of the great "toys" are simply logical extensions of technology you're begging to use yourself and will help your kids be light years ahead of you when they're your age!

dinCloud Helps Customers Embrace the Cloud Through Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider Program

The Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider program allows dinCloud to provide direct billing, sell combined offers and services, as well as directly provision, manage, and support Microsoft cloud offerings

Domotz Releases Manufacturer Support Feature For LUXUL

New Domotz Pro intelligent collaborative troubleshooting capability delivers a time-saving win for both integrators and manufacturers

eSentire Managed Detection and Response Wins Best Security Solution in HFM U.S. Hedge Fund Technology Awards for Third Consecutive Year

Three-peat Award Win Demonstrates Continued Success in Hedge Fund Cybersecurity Landscape

Leviton Delivers New Wi-Fi Lighting Automation Solution with Voice Control, Scheduling and Remote Access

Affordable Decora Smart™ with Wi-Fi Technology product family lets homeowners control lights from anywhere

ISC West - Platinum Tools® Features Net Chaser™ Ethernet Speed Certifier and Network Tester at 2017 ISC West

Net Chaser is a Complete Solution to Test & Speed Certify Data-Carrying Capabilities of Ethernet Cables up to 1 GB/S

Volutone Celebrates its Best Year on Record and 115 Years in Business

Leading Southern California and Nevada AV distributor and family business, reflects on its growth and accomplishments spanning four generations.

Can your smart home be used against you in court?

Brian Heater for TechCrunch:  On a November, 2015 morning in Bentonville, Arkansas, first responders discovered a corpse floating in a hot tub. The home’s resident, James Andrew Bates, told authorities he’d found the body of Victor Collins dead that morning. He’d gone to bed at 1 AM, while Collins and another friend stayed up drinking.

This past December, The Information reported that authorities had subpoenaed Amazon over the case. The police were considering Bates a suspect in what they suspected was a murder after signs of a struggle were found at the scene. They hoped his Echo might hold some insights into what happened the night before.

Amazon initially pushed back against the request, citing First Amendment protections, but ultimately conceded when Bates agreed to allow the information to be handed over to police.

While Amazon’s fight has been rendered moot, this case lays groundwork for some tough and important conversations to come, raising a slew of fascinating questions around the technologies.  Cont'd...

PowerHouse Alliance Add Respected Brands Hikvision, KEF and Zigen to its Repertoire

New brands extend product options for audio, video and surveillance dealers from the 12 PowerHouse Alliance distributor members.

Leviton Launches 2017 Five Star Dealer Program to Reward Automation Installers and Integrators

Applications open for installers and integrators to receive benefits for proven excellence

Comcast completes acquisition of Icontrol's IoT and home security arm

Tas Bindi for ZDNet:  Comcast has completed its acquisition of Icontrol Networks' Converge business, which creates Internet of Things (IoT) and connected home security solutions.

Converge already powers Comcast's XFinity Home, in that it allows Comcast to communicate with and manage security sensors that are part of Xfinity Home, and also supports home-automation devices like cameras and thermostats.

While the terms of the deal remain undisclosed, Comcast SVP and XFinity Home general manager Daniel Herscovici explained in a blog post that the acquisition will give the company full control over Icontrol's research and development roadmap. Specifically, it will allow the company to accelerate the pace of XFinity Home's development, especially in the area of connected home security.  Cont'd...

ISC West - VMP Showcases Rugged FRM Series Non-Penetrating Roof Mounts at 2017 ISC West

The FRM Series is a Non-Penetrating Roof Mount Designed for Numerous Applications, Including Wireless CCTV Signal Communication, that Won't Damage Roofing Surfaces

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