COMMODORE HOME - YOUR SMART HOME FOR 1983

Brian Benchoff for Hackaday:  The Internet of Things is a horrific waste of time, even though no one knows exactly what it is. What would make it better? Classic Commodore gear, of course. Now you can run your smart home with a Commodore 64 and Commodore Home, the newest smart home framework from [retro.moe].

Commodore Home comes with the standard smart home features you would expect. The home lighting solution is a dot matrix printer, a few gears, and string tied to the light switch. Activate the printer, and the lights turn on and off. Brilliant. Multiple light switches can be controlled by daisy chaining printers.

Security is important in the smart home, and while the intruder alarm isn’t completely functional, future versions of Commodore Home will dial a modem, log into a BBS, and leave a message whenever an authorized person enters your home.  Cont'd...

Z-Wave smart-home gadgets announce new IoT security standards

Ry Crist for CNet:  Less than a month ago, hackers took control of an ocean of unsecured connected home devices, then essentially crashed the entire internet by using them to flood the web's largest internet management company with bogus traffic. Now, the makers of smart gadgets that communicate using Z-Wave are ratcheting up their security standards to help reassure consumers that their products don't come with glaring vulnerabilities.

"No one can afford to sit on their hands and wait," says Mitchell Klein, executive director of the Z-Wave Alliance. "Consumers deserve IoT devices in their home to have the strongest levels of security possible. IoT smart home technologies that don't act will be left behind."

The new standards are called the "Security 2" framework, or S2 for short. Aside from shoring up encryption standards for transmissions between sensors, cameras, and thermostats that broadcast using Z-Wave, S2 also mandates new pairing procedures for each device -- namely, unique PIN or QR codes on the devices themselves.  Cont'd...

Lowe's "SmartSpot Powered By b8ta" Asks, How Smart Is Your Home

Home improvement retailer and specialized software-powered technology retailer collaborate to simplify the smart home shopping experience

IU leads $1 million NSF-funded smart-home effort to advance health and independence in older adults

Indiana University Bloomington:  As part of a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, Indiana University has received over $670,000 to establish "HomeSHARE," the first networked system of smart homes designed to advance research on older adults.

The funds from the NSF's Computing Research Infrastructure Program will support the installation of high-tech sensors and other equipment in the homes of 15 elderly volunteers throughout the city of Bloomington. The project is an effort to improve the quality of life of elders through the unobtrusive collection of high-quality research data.

"As far as we're aware, this is the first large-scale research infrastructure project focused on smart homes," said Kay Connelly, an associate professor in the IU School of Informatics and Computing, who is the leader on the grant. "Typically, research infrastructure awards help maintain complex systems like supercomputers, or the purchase of advanced equipment. In this case, we’re looking to generate research data from people who enroll in a long-term study."  Cont'd...

Quantum StorNext Shared Storage Powers Collaborative Edit Workflow at MNC Group

StorNext and MXFserver Support Efficient Platform-Agnostic Postproduction Environment

VMP Announces New 19-Inch Equipment Rack Enclosure at ISC East 2016

Now Shipping, the Latest and Largest in the Popular EREN Series Line, the 42 Rack Space EREN-42E1K Has a Usable Depth of 33 Inches and a Load Capacity of 1,300 lbs.

Z-Wave Alliance Announces New Security Requirements for All Z-Wave Certified IoT Devices

The Alliance Board of Directors has voted to mandate all devices receiving Z-Wave Certification after April 2nd, 2017 to include new advanced Security 2 (S2) framework

Twenty-first annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference will be held May 23-25, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco

Parks Associates currently accepting speaking submissions

The Future of Routers - Almond 3 Smart Home Wi-Fi System Now Available

Features Mesh Networking and Combines Smart Home Hub, Home Security System and Voice Control through Amazon Alexa -- All into One Device. Also Introducing Smart Button -- Almond Click to provide smart home control at fingertips.

eSentire Ranked Number 288 Fastest Growing Company in North America on Deloitte's 2016 Technology Fast 500™

Attributes Revenue Growth to Accelerated Mid-market Service Demand

Amazon, Samsung, Sears, and Target among speakers at CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES®

11th-annual executive event to focus on smart home, IoT, and connected entertainment

VMP Features Rugged FRM Series Non-Penetrating Roof Mounts at 2016 ISC East

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

August Home Delivers Doorbell Cam Video Recording With Six Months Free Service Promotion

Review Interactions at the Front Door and Replay Video Recordings of Missed Visitors or Deliveries through the August App

Researchers' Belkin Home Automation Hacks Show IoT Risks

Mathew J. Schwartz for BankInfoSecurity:  As if the internet of things didn't seem secure enough, now we have to worry about apps on our smartphones posing a risk too.

That's just one of the takeaways from the discovery of two zero-day vulnerabilities and one hardware-bypass flaw - now patched - in Belkin's WeMo line of home automation products. The flaws, and how to exploit them, were demonstrated Nov. 4 at Black Hat Europe by two researchers from endpoint security software firm Invincea, in a presentation titled: Breaking Bhad: Abusing Belkin Home Automation Devices.

Belkin bills its WeMo apps as being "designed to address simple automation needs without the hassle or expense of whole home automation." Compatible products include everything from "smart" LED light bulbs, power switches and baby video monitors to coffeemakers, slow cookers and heating controls. In November 2015, Belkin reported that 2.5 million devices using their technology were in the market.  Cont'd...

PRIMEVIEW SECURITY PRODUCTS TO UNVEIL INTEGRATED WORKFLOW SOLUTIONS AT ISC EAST IN NYC

Leading NYC security rep firm brings their integrated security solutions at booth #574 at this year's premier security show in the heart of the Northeast

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