Can A Smart Home Replace Security Guards and Video Camera Surveillance?

Craig Bretzlaff for IoT Evolution:  All homeowners are concerned about protecting their property against burglars and break-ins, especially those in the luxury market. Home automation is quickly becoming a reality, allowing individuals to control certain aspects of their home through the simple click of a button on an internet-connected device. Since security guards and video camera surveillance can significantly increase security overhead, smart homes can offer a way to lower those costs while still maintaining a keen eye on one’s property. What is a smart home? A smart home is a home that is equipped with devices that can transmit data. These devices can control lights, electricity, and locking systems - which can be accessed remotely from an internet connected device, like a cellphone or tablet. The home automation market is predicted to grow, with experts putting its market value well over $10 billion by 2020 (Source). The ability for technology to integrate naturally within a home may seem strange now - like an amenity only applicable to multi-million dollar mansions -  but in a decade the IoT technology will likely become standard in many middle-class homes.   Cont'd...

Google, Vivint Smart Home, Carrier, and more address convergence of voice control solutions with energy management and whole-home solutions at Smart Energy Summit

Forty-nine percent of U.S. broadband households want ability to monitor and adjust their home thermostat remotely

Calrec Audio signs Broadcast Hungary to distribute entire product family in Hungarian market

Calrec Audio has named Broadcast Hungary as its newest distribution partner, with exclusive rights to represent the entire Calrec product family throughout Hungary. Broadcast Hungary and Calrec will work together to expand the Calrec brand in the Hungarian broadcast community and take advantage of new opportunities opened up by Brio, Calrec's all-new compact digital broadcast audio console. 

Core Brands' Bret Jacob Certified To Serve as a CEDIA Outreach Instructor

Building on its commitment to introduce the building and design community to the benefits of smart home technology, leading automation, audio and power solutions provider Core Brands today announced that Director of Builder Sales Bret Jacob has been certified by the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) to serve as a CEDIA Outreach Instructor.

Vivint Smart Home Named One of the World's 50 Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company

Largest smart home services provider among the world's best in business and innovation

ThreatSTOP to Launch New Roaming DNS Protection Service at RSA

The Cyber Security Start Up's Answer to Roaming Security

IDK 4K SWITCHER CLAIMS BEST OF SHOW AT ISE

Built in Scaler and Scan Convertor makes all of your video a 4K video signal. No more waiting for the picture to appear when you switch inputs- Fast switching for all sources including 4K- UHD.

Why Vivint Smart Home Is One Of The Most Innovative Companies Of 2017

Fast Company:   The company's device-subscription packages are opening the door to the connected home of the future. "We’re taking what’s very complicated and simplifying it for the consumer," says Vivint Smart Home cofounder and CEO Todd Pedersen. The Provo, Utah–based company solves the most common problems with intelligent appliances—namely that they’re often difficult to set up and don’t play nice with any other internet-connected devices—by approaching smart-home technology as a subscription-based service. A lot of companies develop a single product, Pedersen says, "but if you try to add additional services and products to your home, they’re completely uncoordinated." Instead, Vivint’s 1.2 million customers sign up for packages that include the installation of hardware (both its own and that of other companies, such as Nest); 24/7 tech support; repair services; and the seamless coordination of everything—from doorbell cameras to thermostats­­—via the Vivint app. Last year, this strategy increased annual revenue by roughly 15%, to more than $650 million.   Cont'd...

Good Sounds in Newport Beach, CA Completes Home Automation for Custom Newport Harbor Residence

Good Sounds, a Newport Beach company specializing in home automation and home theater installation, announced recently that the company has completed a home automation project for a new custom, two-story home that overlooks Newport Harbor.

Connect Home Control Systems Provide Peace of Mind

Gentec Services offers home automation system installation for peace of mind and convenience

Niles Demonstrates Auriel 2.0 to the European Market at ISE 2017

Powered by ELAN, Auriel™ 2.0 adds climate and lighting control, plus remote access and streaming audio, to offer custom installers a new home automation platform.

Amazon rolls out free smart-home consultations

Ángel González for Seattle Times:  In a bid to spread the gospel of home automation, Amazon.com has rolled out free consultations from in-house experts that help customers build out a connected home.  The Smart Home Consultation advisers come to consumers’ homes to demonstrate smart home products, including the hugely popular Echo line of devices, and make personalized recommendations on what gadgets to buy. The service is now available in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Jose, Calif.  The service comes amid a big push by Amazon to give Alexa, its voice-activated digital assistant, an edge in a brewing war among tech companies for dominance in the artificial-intelligence market. Cont'd...

Setup/Manage/Control

Easy to implement, Easy to deploy, Easy to manage. IDK has taken the hard work out of implementing AV over IP, offering the highest quality 4K resolutions, the IP NINJAR system now has browser based GUI that allows you to have total control of your AV network. As part of the SDVoE alliance, the control system meets the goals of the alliance in providing a software interface to meet the performance needs of pro AV.

PureLink Introduces World's First HDMI 2.0 UHD/4K HDBaseT Extenders

Company's New Extension Systems Feature POE, HDR and 4K60 4:4:4 Support

Thread Group Takes Leap Forward with Availability of First Certified Software Stacks from ARM, NXP, OpenThread and Silicon Labs; Launches Product Certification Program

Certification Program Opens Doors and Provides High-Value Tools for Member Companies to Begin to Certify and Ship Products

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