D-Tools Announces Multi-Day SI 2015 User Training in London, Offers Discounts Through April 30th

Intensive training teaches D-Tools users how to harness the power of SI 2015 System Integrator software to maximize workflows and operational efficiencies

HTSA Launches New Member Mentor Program

HTSA leverages existing members' knowledge and experience to create a mentor program that will ensure success for its vendors and membership.

EARTH DAY 2015: ANNOUNCING THE WORLD'S FIRST SMART IRRIGATION SERVICE

ETwater Technology Solutions Provider Introduces an Advanced New Solution to Excess Water Use

ilumi solutions Enhances LED Smart Light Bulbs with First of Its Kind Proximity and Circadian Lighting Features in New Mobile App Update

ilumi color changing LED Smartbulbs now turn on and off based on user's presence and automatically adjust throughout the day to help support one's circadian rhythm.

60% of consumers self-install smart home devices, but majority of device owners would prefer professional assistance

Industry report examines the evolution of tech support services, processes, tools, and business models in response to the Internet of Things (IoT)

Fantem Announces Feature Enhancement for Oomi, The World's First Smart Home Built for Everyone

New additions offer improved functionality; available now for pre-order on Indiegogo

LANhome TECHnologies Takes Automation to the Next Level

LANhomeTECH adds partnerships that make automation easy and affordable.

Insteon Brings Full Line of Connected Home Products to Apple Watch

Insteon users can now monitor and control lights, thermostats, cameras, and sensors simply and easily from the Apple Watch

Wink's Outage Shows Us How Frustrating Smart Homes Could Be

THIS PAST SATURDAY, one in four people who had come to rely on Wink as the brains behind their smart home set-up found their connected devices suddenly lobotomized. Devices connected to the Wink Hub couldn’t access the internet, meaning that they could no longer be controlled via app, and wouldn’t execute their pre-programmed rituals. Simply put, nothing worked.
 
In an emailed statement, Wink confirmed that the cause of the outage was a “misconfiguration” of a security measure it had implemented previously. Several Wink Hub units couldn’t be fixed remotely, and those users will either have to try to repair their own using Wink-provided instructions, or mail them in for a replacement. Around 10 percent of Wink users are still without service, and the Hub has been pulled from shelves until further notice.
 But Wink’s weekend failure reminds us that the smart home of the future won’t be immune from the testiness that plagues any technology. In fact, those common, unavoidable flailings will be even more frustrating.
Nearly a year ago, Mat Honan wrote The Nightmare on Connected Home Street, a glimpse at the inevitable dystopia caused by hooking up our households and everything within them to the internet sewage pipe. We’re not nearly at the full-fledged horror stage, but incidents like the weekend Wink stink are the foundation on which our frustrating smart home future will be built.  Cont'd..

7 Smart Locks & Door Startups Improving your Home Security

Your door & lock is no longer that simple and its now part of the mobile, internet of things, connected movement. Here is a list of 6 smart locks & door startups improving your home security.

Parks Associates Announces 10th-annual CONNECTIONS™ Europe - IoT: Connected Entertainment and Smart Home, November 10-11 in Amsterdam

Deutsche Telekom, Honeywell, Liberty Global, Sutherland Global, Telecom Italia, and Telefónica join Advisory Board

Crestron Masters 2015 Welcomes 500+ Industry Professionals

Annual Professional Development Classes & Seminars Help CSPs Sharpen their Skills in Ever-Changing Industry

A Bright Future for Installed Technologies: CEA Study Says Tech Becoming a Central Component of New Construction

Four in five builders include structured wiring, home theater and/or monitored security in new home offerings

Seed Labs Launches Silvair Control - the Most Advanced and Easy to Use Wireless Controller for Home Appliances and Devices

Company Also Announces New Partnership with Soraa, Providing Remote Management Capabilities for Their Full Visible Spectrum LED Lamps

Silvair Control wireless remote lends smart home control

Seed Labs, the IoT company empowering the world’s leading manufacturers of appliances, devices and electronics to create the truly smart home, has introduced Silvair Control. The world’s first fully configurable, gesture-driven, wireless controller that lets customers manage their everyday appliances whether that be lamps, shades, and garage doors or other household and commercial products.

Silvair Control is a Bluetooth® Smart-based device that can easily be configured with your smartphone or tablet to control. It doesn’t need any hard wiring or even a plug, its battery lasts up to 8 years and magnetic mounting allows customers to use it at any space.

The control is part of Silvair Mesh where software-defined sensors and controllers can be seamlessly connected to products appliances and adjusted to customers needs providing with an easy and unmatched management capabilities.

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