Rent a smart home? Some multi-family buildings are going automated

By Jenny McGrath for Digital Trends:  When we put together our list of smart-home gadgets that are good for apartment dwellers and renters, a lot of light bulbs, locks, and switches made the list. Wiring and affixing things to the wall just isn’t worth the hassle when you’ll be moving out in a year or two — or when you risk the wrath of a landlord. But lots of tenants would like the option of smartening up their homes, even if they are just temporary homes. A few multi-family dwellings actually want in on making buildings more energy efficient or solving some common headaches that come with balancing security and convenience (think key fobs to enter a locked entrance). StratIS makes app-based tech for apartments, dorms, and hotels that helps property managers control energy, automation, and security. They can use special tablets to oversee a bunch of properties, while those living there can use a smart thermostat without having to buy it themselves and uninstall it when moving out.   Cont'd...

Could This Single Device Protect Your Smart Home?

Joseph Bernstein for BuzzFeed News:  Sense is a smart router combined with software that sits on top of and monitors all of the connected devices in your house. It reads all the traffic coming into those devices in real time and analyzes it using F-Secure’s cloud security network, “an analytics engine and information repository for malware and a variety of other digital threats.” When Sense detects unwanted or malicious traffic — say, a botnet trying to connect to your smart television — it simply blocks it. By drawing all of the IoT devices in the home into one protected network, Sense presents a remarkably elegant solution to a problem the cybersecurity world has been worrying about for a long time.   Cont'd...

dinCloud Announces App Virtualization Platform

dinApp Makes Software Applications Portable Across Operating Systems and Devices

ATEN Debuts KVM over IP Switches with Fastest Virtual Media Transmission in Class

ATEN's 4th Generation KVM over IP switches provide twice as fast virtual media transmission speed, advanced FPGA graphics processing and high-grade security

CES 2016 - Control4 Named as CES 2016 Innovation Awards Honoree

4K UHD A/V Distribution Switch honored for innovative design and engineering

Thread Group Launches Product Certification

More than 30 Products Submitted for Thread Certification Testing --- OSRAM Joins ARM, Big Ass Fans, Freescale Semiconductor, Nest Labs, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics, Silicon Labs, Somfy, Tyco and Yale Security on Thread Group Board of Directors

Freescale Powers the Majority of Products Submitted for Thread Software Certification

Available now, Freescale's Thread pre-certified software stack is among the first slated for certification within the month

Kickstarter - The OS for the Connected Home--MATRIX--Launches on Kickstarter

MATRIX Delivers First Standardized OS to Connect Every Device & Cut the Clutter of Smart Home Automation; Sleek Device with 15 Onboard Sensors Gives Developers a Hardware & Software Platform to Slash Go-to-Market Time & Cost for New Apps

Smart Home Technology Provides Peace of Mind to the 60 Percent of Americans Who Own a Pet

Vivint smart home technology can help keep pets both safe and healthy

Smart Home Technology Will Have Greater Impact Than Wearables, Cloud Computing - US Consumers

Mobile payment systems tie with smart home in new GfK study

GreenIQ Enhances Landscape Automation with PlantLink Soil Moisture Sensor Integration and Launches GreenIQ Pro for Lawn Care Professionals

GreenIQ expands lawn ecosystem and introduces dedicated support program for lawn care specialists to streamline garden management

TiO System Earns Stellar Accreditation at CEDIA EXPO

Home automation system wins numerous awards and recognition

Robotics Startup Unveils Humanoid Servant

Alpha 2 can wake you up at your desired time every morning and give you a weather report and news of the day to starts your day. He can then brief you on your schedule for the day and then activate your house alarm after you close the door behind him.

Study - Smart Home Technology Will Have Greater Impact Than Wearables

New GfK research shows that half of US consumers believe smart home technology will have a major impact on their lives – a higher level than wearables or cloud computing and equal to mobile payment systems. The study, which covered seven countries, asked consumers to choose which of 11 leading-edge technologies – from 3D printing to augmented/virtual reality to Internet of Things -- would be important to their lives. (Respondents could choose as many technologies as they wished.) In the US, 51 percent of consumers picked smart home, versus 50% for mobile payments – a statistical tie; these compare to global levels of 54% for mobile payments and 51% for smart home. (The global figures cited here represent five of the seven countries in the full survey – US, UK, Germany, Brazil, and South Korea; data for China and Japan will be released later.) Four in ten (42%) US consumers cited wearables – significantly higher than the global score of 33% -- while cloud computing came in at 41%. Full Press Release:

Parks Associates Identifies Smart Home Device Purchase Plans of European Consumers at CONNECTIONS™ Europe

Nearly one-third of Western European broadband households plan to purchase a smart home device in the next twelve months

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