CONNECTIONS™ Europe features keynotes from Honeywell, Icontrol Networks, Nest, and Viacom

Tenth-annual conference to focus on business models, new technologies, monetization, and partnerships in connected entertainment and smart home markets

Apple's HomeKit Is Proving To Be Too Demanding For Bluetooth Smart Home Devices

Aaron Tilley for Forbes:  It’s been more than a year since Apple AAPL -1.54% announced HomeKit, its system for connecting smart home devices through iOS. And as with all things Apple, expectations are high. Maybe too high. So far, only five companies have launched HomeKit-certified smart home devices. What’s the hold up? Apple has thrown a plethora of challenges at hardware makers, and some developers say one of the biggest is complying with Apple’s strict security requirements on Bluetooth low energy devices. Apple allows for either WiFi or Bluetooth low energy (LE)-enabled devices to get certified as a HomeKit accessory. Apple is requiring device makers using both WiFi and Bluetooth LE to use complicated encryption with 3072-bit keys, as well as the super secure Curve25519, which is an elliptic curve used for digital signatures and exchanging encrypted keys.   Cont'd...

The connected home needs HomeKit and Project Brillo as soon as possible

Nate Swanner for TNW News:  Google and Apple both have a solution for your connected home. Whether you’re interested in Project Brillo or HomeKit, the promise of a truly connected home is exciting, because let’s be honest — the connected home sucks right now. In fact, I bristle at even calling current solutions a connected home. While devices might connect to your phone, they don’t link to one another, and that’s potentially much more important. As an example, I’ll take my own “connected” home. I have some pretty great individual solutions in Simplicam, Scout Alarm, and August. I’ve also entertained other solutions to control things like a garage door or lawn sprinklers. But to what end? Adding more to the mix only creates more disparate parts to my “smart” home. If my camera can’t talk to my home security system, why would I think the door lock could trigger itself when my connected outdoor lights go on at night? It’s worth noting that some connected home security systems are all-encompassing (iSmartAlarm comes to mind), but those bundles don’t come close to bridging all the gaps. Project Brillo, still in its infancy, has a lot of upside. For manufacturers wanting to build devices specifically for Brillo, Google has specs they can follow. Brillo is also based on “the lower levels of Android,” which opens it up in a big way for hardware manufacturers who may want to create simple solutions.   Cont'd...

Remotec Introduces Cloud-Based Code Library For IoT and Home Automation

This new service will debut at the Mobile World Congress held in Shanghai's SNIEC Hall 4 Stand W4.F52 on July 15-17 to introduce to various mobile companies about this new solution.

D-Tools and SBS Group Host Webinar July 29th: Improve Margins Through Closed Loop Procurement and Estimation

Integrated software solution from Microsoft Dynamics and D-Tools to be detailed for the first time

WeMo Insight Switch Wins Bronze Idea Award for Industrial Design Excellence

The WeMo Insight Switch is a Wi-Fi enabled device that has the power to control, monitor and manage your home appliances and electronics from any smart device.

littleBits Announces the littleBits Store - The Company's First Pop-Up Store in New York City and a Lab for Creating Inventions Large and Small

Pop-Up littleBits Store To Be Located in SoHo at 355 West Broadway

Thread Wireless Networking Protocol Now Available

The Nest-led Thread Group expects the first Thread-certified home-automation products to be available to consumers late this year now that the organization has released the Thread specification. The new IP-based wireless networking protocol designed for low-power connected products in the home. Starting today, product developers who are members of the Thread Group can access Thread technical specifications and documentation to build Thread-compliant products.  "Thread was designed to be the foundation of the Internet of Things in the home by allowing developers and consumers to easily and securely connect hundreds of devices within a low-power, wireless mesh network," said Chris Boross, president, Thread Group. "In the nine months since opening membership, more than 160 companies have joined the Thread Group, and now the group is launching the Thread technical specification, which has now completed extensive interoperability testing. Today's announcement means that Thread products are on the way and will be in customers' hands very shortly. I'm excited to see what kinds of products and experiences Thread developers will build." 

Icontrol Networks Awarded Additional Patents Related to Smart Home Video Systems

Patents reflect leadership in connected home video monitoring and management

Make a Home Smart with Z-Wave Products from Jasco

"Jasco" was featured on NewsWatch as part of its monthly Tech Report, which features the latest and coolest technology products available to consumers. Amanda Forstrom, a technology expert and special reporter for NewsWatch, conducted the review and shared with viewers how these products allow people to control their home right from their phone or tablet.

Indiegogo - Wisesec Releases the Genii: Most Comprehensive Universal IoT Control for all Infrared Household Devices

Indiegogo-Launched Smart Home Solution Enables Operation from Any Location

SURE Universal Remote Brings Online-to-Offline (O2O) Functionality to Your Home Automation

SURE Universal Remote for Android comes to MWC Asia - SURE is the most sophisticated universal remote that brings O2O to your connected home

On Controls Adds Cool Automation to Partners in Control Cooperative Program

Cool Automation (www.coolautomation.com) specializes in the development, manufacture and supply of unique control and gateway solutions for HVAC systems.

Silicon Labs Simplifies IoT Connectivity with Best-in-Class Thread Solution

Market Leader in Mesh Networking Delivers Breakthrough Technology with Thread Protocol Stack and Powerful Development Tools

Target Opens Dedicated Store For Smart Home Gadgets

Aaron Tilley for Forbes:  At an event on Thursday afternoon, Target will unveil what it calls the Target Open House, a 3,500-square-foot retail space located in San Francisco’s Metreon shopping center with a house inside made of transparent walls and furniture. The transparent house is packed full of smart home gadgets. More than 30 devices are placed around this demonstration house, including smart home gadgets like the August smart lock, the Nest learning thermostat and Sonos wireless speakers. But not all the devices are related to the home – Jawbone and Fitbit fitness trackers will also be present. The space is focused on showing consumers what all these products do and how they can work together. Target is using an app called Yonomi, which syncs up connected devices together in the cloud, to get them talking to each other. For example, a baby monitor could detect if a baby starts stirring in a crib and could tell the Sonos speakers to play ambient background noise to soothe the baby back to sleep.   Although it is a retail spot, Target wants the space to also be used for local smart home entrepreneurs to meet up, do product demos and give talks.   Cont'd...

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