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

SmartThings And Samsung Team Up To Make Your TV A Smart Home Hub

Jordan Crook  for TechCrunch:  Samsung and SmartThings are buddying up to introduce Samsung’s latest line of Smart TVs, complete with SmartThings platform integration so folks can use their TVs as an interface to control the home. There is no shortage of internet-connected devices out there, from standard security systems and smart lighting systems all the way to the connected kettle. But a connective language that unifies those devices is harder to come by. SmartThings is aiming to introduce that by teaming up with potential interfaces, including the Amazon Echo and this most recent foray into Smart TVs. With this latest move, owners of the new 2016 Samsung SUHD TVs will be able to use their television as a controller for more than 200 SmartThings-compatible devices.   Cont'd...

CES 16 - Essence Partners with GetSafe to Bring WeR@Home™ to U.S. Consumers

Smart Living Solution to be presented at CES 2016 in Las Vegas after the New Year

CES 16 - Nortek Security & Control Unveils New Smart Home Safety Devices at CES 2016

New GoControl safety devices add enhanced layer of home protection: new glass break sensor receives audible noise; and new sensors detect motion, temperature, humidity and light.

CES 16 - Tyco Security Products Brings Connected Home Solutions to CES 2016 Premiere

In its debut at CES, Tyco Security Products will showcase its smart home solutions

CES 16 - Universal Electronics Redefines Home Entertainment Control and Sensor Technology at CES 2016

UEI Highlights Leading Edge Sense and Control Solutions Ranging from Predictive Cloud Software to Advanced Voice Remotes and Wireless Sensing Products

5 Ways Smart Home Gadgets Can Leave You Vulnerable

Jess Bolluyt for CheatSheet:  All kinds of creative tech companies, large and small, are building interesting smart home devices. While they promise to make your house or apartment smarter, more energy-efficient, and more closely tailored to your needs and preferences, they have a few drawbacks, most notably that many of them aren’t as secure as you’d hope. As Bitdefender recently noted in a post for Mashable, users want exciting tech products on fast timelines, which leaves designers and developers scrambling to offer ever-more-capable devices on shortening development cycles. That “rush to market” can result in poorly-constructed software, and unfortunately, the first thing to go is often proper consideration for security. Devices from smart TVs to thermostats to routers have all been found to neglect basic security measures. While we’re just as excited about the prospect of using technology to make our homes smarter and more capable, it’s important to be aware of the ways that Internet of Things devices can compromise your security.  Cont'd...

CES 2016 - Autonomous Cars Set To Dominate

BY DAVID GILBERT For International Business Times:   As cars become less about horsepower and torque and more about the technology inside, CES has become one of the most important showcases of the year for auto manufacturers. It's a sea change in how cars are built and marketed, with technology now the core, rather than an added feature. Connected, autonomous and electric vehicles will all be on display at CES 2016, with some of the world’s most talk-about companies in the field looking to make a major impact. First up will be Faraday Future, the secretive startup based in Los Angeles and backed by a Chinese billionaire. It is set to unveil its first ever concept design on Jan. 4, and while all the company has said so far is that it will be an electric vehicle, it is widely believed to feature autonomous capabilities. While Faraday Future is a relative unknown, one of the world’s biggest automotive companies, Ford, will also be at CES announcing news about the autonomous car it has been testing internally for several years. Among the announcements expected is apartnership with Google to build some of Google’s fleet of self-driving cars.   Cont'd...

Family@Home transforms smart houses into Smart Homes

Consumers want smart applications that take care of their family and their home, not just connected devices.

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