iOS 10.2 improves Apple HomeKit with expanded smart home notifications

Neil Hughes for Apple Insider:  Monday's release of iOS 10.2 brought meaningful changes to Apple's HomeKit platform, giving users the ability to receive instant alerts for a variety of new connected device types in their home.
iOS 10.2 adds support for notifications from a variety of HomeKit accessories, including window coverings, occupancy, motion, door and window detectors, smoke, carbon monoxide, and water leak sensors.  By default, upon updating to iOS 10.2, users will begin receiving notifications from devices that now support the feature.  These can be enabled or disabled by opening Apple's Home app and selecting the appropriate device via firm press on 3D Touch devices, or long press on non-3D Touch devices. Tap the "Details" button at the bottom, and then scroll down to "Status and Notifications."
Here, users can decide whether the accessory will send notifications every time a sensor is triggered. This can allow the user to receive alerts no matter where they are, such as if a HomeKit smoke detector or motion sensor were triggered.  Cont'd...
 

RTI Appoints Prokare as New Distribution Partner in Turkey

RTI, a leading control and automation manufacturer for residential and commercial settings, today announced it has broadened its product availability and service support in Turkey. Prokare will offer RTI's full catalog of control and automation solutions while also providing dedicated local service, support, and training for dealers throughout the country.

Alexa - Make My Building Run Better!

All devices installed in a building, such as boilers, chillers, generator sets, electric sub-meters, pumps, VAV controllers, fire panels, etc. should be smart and have their own individual cloud points-of-presence and applications, just as consumer devices do.

How to Protect Connected Home Devices and Appliances from Cyber Attacks

Security is a requirement for all consumer IoT devices, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant. By adding a few basic capabilities, the security of any device can be significantly increased.

High-Profile Art Collector Turns Waterfront Home Into His Personal Masterpiece With the Help of ELAN

With exquisite artwork, a comprehensive wine collection and a keen eye for modern design, two Sarasota, Florida homeowners decided to push their smart home beyond industry convention. To enhance the home's art, architecture, and interior design with modern technology, they put their 17,000 square foot home in the hands of SmartHouse Integration's Mark van den Broek to install a complete home management infrastructure that fuses new-wave design with modern smart home functionality.

Smart Home Reference Designs from Silicon Labs Accelerate Development of IoT Connected Devices

Pre-Certified Occupancy Sensor and Smart Outlet Solutions Leverage Silicon Labs' Multiprotocol Wireless Gecko Technology and ZigBee® Mesh Stack

Lutron Electronics Expands Casta Wireless Capabilities to Control Select Ceiling Fans

Casta Wireless users can now control HomeKit-enabled Hunter Fan Company ceiling fans from the Lutron App, providing easy access to fans from anywhere inside or outside the home

Google now lets developers write apps for the Assistant on Google Home

Frederic Lardinois for TechCrunch:  Google today announced that all developers (and not just those in its private preview program), can start bringing their applications and services to the Google Assistant, starting with what the company calls “conversation actions” on Google Home. This allows developers to create back-and-forth conversations with users through the Assistant and users can simply start these conversations by using a phrase like “OK Google, talk to Eliza.”

While the Assistant also runs on the Pixel phones and inside the Allo chat app, Google says it plans to bring actions to these other “Assistant surfaces” in the future, but it’s unclear when exactly this will happen.  Cont'd...

Bitdefender to Showcase the Secure Smart Home of the Future at CES 2017

Integrated cybersecurity takes center stage in the safe smart home of the future

qBiq Launches Kickstarter for Real-Time Monitoring IoT Device

Wi-Fi-enabled, one-inch cube connects, monitors, and reports data instantaneously on any object, surface, or living space

Work from Home? Renovate Your Home Office to be More Efficient and Tech Savvy

All of us have to do serious communicating in our day-to-day worklives, and that concept becomes all the more pressing when you work from home

Pre-purchase experience key to adoption of virtual reality headsets

New industry snapshot shows 15% of consumers who try a VR headset buy one

Legrand® Expands Wattstopper® Line of 0-10V Dimming Wall Switch Occupancy Sensors for LED Lighting Applications

The DW-311 extends control to small and medium-sized applications including rooms with partitions such as restrooms, large offices, conference rooms with cubical walls, and classrooms. This sensor features Wattstopper dual technology, which combines Passive Infrared (PIR) and ultrasonic technologies to easily detect minor and major movements in spaces that may have obstacles that impede direct line of sight movement to the sensor.

Conexant Working with Amazon to Create AudioSmart 2-mic Development Kit for Amazon Alexa

Conexant and Amazon deliver noise robust tools for manufacturers and developers to prototype and develop Alexa-enabled devices capable of hearing users from several meters away

GE Integrates Amazon Alexa Inside Sleek Table Lamp as First Step in Unleashing the Ultimate Living Experience

- As part of its C by GE brand, GE creates entry point to the smart home through simple connection points that enable homeowners to do more and be better - Connected roadmap starts with the industry's first announced integration of Amazon Alexa Voice Service (AVS) built directly inside a lighting product - A sleekly designed LED table lamp lets you easily complete hundreds of hands-free voice commands, no stand-alone Echo unit, hub or smart phone required

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Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Smart Bulbs are out there and they can do far more then just provide light. Speakers, projectors, wi-fi extenders and more. The standard light socket that is wired up and ready to go in nearly every home in North America is now providing an easy and affordable option for home owners and renters alike to enter into the world of the "Smart Home". Here is a look at some of the Smart Bulbs and Smart Lighting options out there, and this list is just the beginning. In this ongoing article we hope to continue to add to and grow this list, so stay tuned!