7% of U.S. broadband households own smart light bulbs

Firm announces speakers for eighth-annual Smart Energy Summit, February 20-22 in Austin

DIY Flexible Home Security with Powerful Smart Home Engine: Meet abode

abode is a DIY security system with all the smart home features you'd want built in with a robust home automation platform and ecosystem of devices that exceed the professionally installed and monitored systems on the market.

Control4 is First to add Cloud-Based Management for Connected Homes to High-Performance Routers

Control4 Corporation, a leading global provider of connected home solutions, announces the release and immediate worldwide availability of BakPak on Pakedge RK-1 Routers. A first for the industry, the integration of the latest release of BakPak management software with the router enables Control4 dealers to offer more homeowners the benefits of a monitored, intelligent home network. 
BakPak proactively manages both the IP network and smart home devices, delivering real-time visibility of network health, allowing diagnostics and troubleshooting before problems happen to mitigate downtime, service calls, and unhappy customers. Now integrated with the ubiquitous network device, the router, Control4 is arming its dealers with a more robust tool to help them manage their customers' systems remotely.   Full Press Release:
 

IoT and Internal Big Data Protection

-Billions of connected devices, endless opportunities for data theft -Protecting data inside the corporate perimeter

Buffalo Americas Delivers the LinkStation 520DN, an Advanced Digital Hub for the Connected Home

The LS520DN is a customizable NAS solution designed to serve as the hub of consumers' connected homes by making it easier to store, share, and secure all digital data for the modern family.

Don't Get Smart with Me! But Your Home Can

UL is working with manufacturers to overcome challenges of interoperability, usability and cybersecurity.

Yale® Locks & Hardware Announces HomeKit™ Compatibility at CES 2017

The Yale HomeKit Network Module will add a new level of convenience for Yale Real Living customers with support for the Apple Home app in iOS10 and Siri® voice commands.

Apple strategy in 'smart home' race threatened by Amazon

Stephen Nellis for Reuters:   In less than a year, Amazon's combination of the Echo speaker system and the Alexa voice-controlled digital assistant has come close to delivering on the elusive promise of easy-to-use technology that can control gadgets in the home with a few spoken words.

Yet Amazon.com Inc's (AMZN.O) surprise success sets up a long-term battle with Apple Inc. (AAPL.O) and Alphabet Inc's Google (GOOGL.O) for primacy in the connected household. And the contours of that competition are following a classic tech industry dynamic.

Amazon is pursuing an open-systems approach that allows quick development of many features, while Apple is taking a slower route, asserting more control over the technology in order to assure security and ease-of-use.

The strategic importance of the "connected home" niche looms large: Amazon wants a way to own its customer interactions -mainly shopping online - without an Apple phone or a Google Web browser as an intermediary.  Apple needs to keep the iPhone at the center of customers’ lives, and has built a whole home automation architecture, called Homekit, into its smartphone.  Cont'd...

TechLogix Joins the SDVoE Alliance

The announcement comes before two milestones set to release in coming days: the SDVoE Alliance's formal launch at ISE 2017 in Amsterdam, and TechLogix's debut of their IPFO Series AV over IP platform for 18G HDMI and control.

PureLink Offers InfoComm CTS RU Approved Training Classes

Company's VIP & VPX Video over IP Solutions Webinars Earn CTS Attendees Renewal Credit

51% Would Trade Smart Home Device Data For Cost Savings

Chase Martin for IoT Daily:  When it comes to smart home devices, consumers seem to be open to sharing control and data if it means saving money.

U.S. homeowners are interested in measuring and monitoring activities in the home, especially energy usage, and would share their data to receive a discount, according to new research from Parks Associates.

More than a third (36%) of households said the idea of a system that monitors or manages energy usage in their home is very appealing.

Slightly more (37%) said a security monitoring system is very appealing and almost as many (35%) said the same about a safety monitoring system, according to Parks Associates.  Cont'd...

Vivint Smart Home Tops the Strategy Analytics List of Smart Home Service Providers in the U.S.

New report projects smart home market growth of 20 percent in 2017

Cox Communications and Vivint Smart Home to keynote 21st CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference

CONNECTIONS™ 2017 to examine impact of IoT on smart home, connected entertainment, digital health, and connected cars industries

Ring Secures $109 Million Led by DFJ Growth and Goldman Sachs Investment Partners

Company to use the funds to further its mission of reducing crime in neighborhoods around the world

CABA to hold Forum in Silicon Valley; Announces Keynote Speakers from Intel & Google

The Continental Automated Buildings Association is pleased to announce that its next Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum will be held April 26-28, 2017 in Silicon Valley. This year's CABA Forum will be co-located with Intel Corporation, a CABA Board Member, at their campus in Santa Clara, CA.

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