The Future of Home Automation

As the number of devices in homes rapidly increases, we expect further integration of smart home products aimed at monitoring and protecting Internet-enabled devices.

AlarmDecoder Announced as Winter Z-Wave IoT Contest Winner

Remote alarm system monitoring device by Nu Tech Software Solutions, Inc is named the newest winner of the Z-Wave Labs IoT competition

D-Tools and AUDIOVISIONS Finalize Joint Software Development Agreement

Leading residential systems integration firm partners with D-Tools to co-develop next generation of award-winning System Integrator software platform

New Home Security Company Launches Portable Security System Designed for Renters and First-Time Homeowners

GetSafe Home Security introduces no-contract, smartphone-powered security system.

92% of Security Installers/Integrators See Home Automation as a Future Revenue Generator

Adam Bannister for IFSEC Global:  Polling the views of hundreds of installers, IFSEC Global found that 92% saw the ‘smart home’ – whereby lighting, heating, alarms and other household functions are interconnected and remotely controlled via smartphone or PC – as a potential area for diversification. No surprise, then, that almost as many – 88% – would be more likely to attend IFSEC International if a dedicated home automation zone were introduced. “In the top end of the market, people are spending hundreds of thousands on smart home technology,” write one installer who completed the survey. “There are a few cheap end products out there, but the most important factor here is that products can be retro-fitted and not too expensive. “It would be great to see a security system that integrates as one package.  As far as we are aware this does not exist. We’ve been trying to push the home automation side, but are still seeking the right product.” A similar proportion – 86% – would visit if an area dedicated to ‘smart buildings’ – essentially the same concept applied to commercial premises – area were launched. Which is indeed what is happening, on both fronts: for the first time IFSEC International will feature a dedicated Smart Zone for its 2016 edition, comprising a replica ‘smart home’ fitted out with the latest home automation innovations from top exhibitors including Y3K, Lilin and Control 4.   Cont'd...

Honeywell and Samsung SmartThings Make Comfort and Control Even Easier to Have at Home

Honeywell Lyric™ thermostats can now be controlled directly through the new Samsung SmartThings Hub and mobile app, with others coming

Wireless Broadband Alliance Launches Inaugural World Wi-Fi- Day

New initiative to highlight and bridge the worldwide digital divide

ISE 2016 - Krika announces 3 outstanding new features at ISE 2016 Hypervision, New Firmware Alert & Reboot Alert

Krika services embedded in the Awarded Krika mini and the Krika One are about to acquire a major upgrade of their features.

Shrinking Space in RF Poses Challenges to AV Integrators

By Kelleigh Welch for AV Network:  Picture your desk—you have a computer, a phone, a few folders with information about your latest project, a photo of your dog, all carefully arranged in their own designated space. Now cut the size of your desk in half—you can still fit everything in the space, it’s just a lot more cramped. Such is the case with the wireless spectrum as the FCC continues to auction off pieces designated for TV broadcast and wireless microphone systems. Currently, wireless systems have access to the 470 to 698 mHz frequencies, but on March 29, 2016, this range will get smaller as pieces are auctioned off to mobile broadband companies. So what does this mean for integrators? To start, with fewer frequencies to work with, integrators need to future proof their systems by choosing reliable and efficient wireless systems. “Right now, if you are designing or putting together a concept for an install, you need to choose systems that are spectrally efficient. You have to look for attributes that can serve your install, with a wide tuning coverage,” explained Nick Wood, category director for wireless systems, Shure.   Cont'd...

Palm Size Fanless Embedded PC for Implementation In Space Constraint Environments

Ultra Compact FES8210 integrated with Atom E3845 1.91GHz Quad Core CPU, rich I/O ports, wide range operating temperatures, and handles anti-shock and anti-vibration features, delivers top compute performance and flexibility in placement locations.

Most Popular Articles for 2015 - Did some of them predict the future?

Smart Homes, Robotics, Automation, Unmanned Vehicles, Solar and Wind Energy. Regardless of where you work or what you do, these topics are affecting your life and will continue to do so in the future.

Hunting: CES Always Has Jewels, Promises, Something for Everyone

There's a reason CES is in Vegas every year...things look more real, better on the stage...you get entertained no matter where you turn.

IoT Journey: 50B Connected Things Means … 50B Connected Things

If your company wants to stake a claim with the Internet of Things, you first need to develop a distinctive "way to play"-a clear value proposition that you can offer customers. This should be consistent with your enterprise's overall capabilities: the things you do best when you go to market, aligned with most or all of the products and services you sell.

ISC West - Industry Support Growing for Connected Security Expo @ ISC West

Industry Advisory Board Finalizing Education Content

CES 16 - UCLA Anderson Hosts Second CES® Conference

Event to showcase newest technology innovations and ideas

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