FIBARO Mount Everest Challenge Participant Survives Avalanche

FIBARO, a leading European manufacturer of wireless, intelligent home automation systems, announced that the main participant in the FIBARO Mount Everest Challenge Powered by Z-Wave, Mariusz Malkowski, has been rescued from the mountain and is now home with his family in New Jersey, USA.   Malkowski Helped People Trapped Under The Snow   Malkowski was about two weeks into his ascent when the 7.8-magnitude earthquake and ensuing avalanche hit. He miraculously survived the avalanche, uninjured, and was able to help people who were trapped under the snow and save lives. FIBARO arranged to have him airlifted off the mountain on Monday via helicopter. He was brought to New Delhi for a short stopover, after which he was able to catch a flight for the 15-hour trip back to the U.S.   “I feel so fortunate to have survived such a horrible tragedy,” Malkowski said. “Obviously, there were thousands of people that weren’t so lucky. The devastation there is overwhelming. Our hearts go out to the people of Nepal and their families.”

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NuTone Smart Home Series Helps Create an Innovative, Interconnected Home

NuTone's latest product line puts the power of managing the home at homeowners' fingertips

Verizon VP of Corporate Strategy to keynote CONNECTIONS™: "Taking a Mobile-First Approach to the Smart Home"

Nineteenth-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference, May 19-21, to addresses the impact of mobility on connected entertainment and smart home

Chamberlain Introduces the First Garage Door Opener with Wi-Fi Built In, Providing New Awareness of Home and Away Activity

Chamberlain Connected Garage Door Openers to support Apple HomeKit and Siri Voice Commands, and will appear on new PBS "Next Home" TV series this Spring.

Developers Can Create Home Automation Apps for the Microsoft Band Using Insteon API

Microsoft Band is the first fitness wearable powered by Microsoft Health

Comcast Home Automation System Opens Up

Joseph Palenchar for TWICE:  Comcast is opening up its monitored-security/home-automation system to operate with devices from a wide variety of home-automation brands. The company’s Xfinity Home system has been available with a variety of unbranded devices such as smart plugs, smoke detectors, security cameras, light switches, door/window detectors, motion detectors and a water-leak detector, a spokesperson said. An Xfinity thermostat and a smart door lock from Kwikset have also been available. Consumers will be able to buy the products from Comcast or from CE retailers, a spokesperson said. Later this year, Comcast will release a software development kit (SDK) and a certification program so home-automation suppliers can offer products that work with Xfinity Home.

WeMo Upgrades App and Brings IFTTT Compatibility to WeMo Smart LED Bulbs

Price Reduction Introduced on WeMo Smart LED Starter Set and Single LED Bulbs

Fantem and netTALK Announce Strategic Partnership and New Home Security Solution

Partnership Offers Home Security at a Fraction of the Cost. The Oomi Security Kit combines home security with smart home technology and is available for pre-order today at a deep discount.

Marvell Unveils Industry-Leading ZigBee Wireless Microcontroller SoC to Advance Smart Home and IoT Innovations

Marvell announced its next-generation industry-leading 88MZ300 802.15.4/ZigBee wireless microcontroller system-on-chip (SoC), the newest member of Marvell's wireless microcontroller family of Internet of Things solutions. The high-performance, low-power, cost-effective SoC offers superior radio frequency (RF) performance that more than doubles the transmission range and reduces power consumption by 50 percent over Marvell's previous generation 88MZ100 SoC, while maintaining the least amount of external components due to the high integration in silicon. Together with its support for open standards, including the upcoming ZigBee 3.0 and Thread protocols, the 88MZ300 SoC, along with a ZigBee to Wi-Fi bridge reference design and an ecosystem of hardware manufacturers and system integration partners, it enables original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to rapidly bring new, innovative IoT applications to market. The 88MZ300 SoC is sampling now. "Marvell continues to demonstrate innovation in home automation, connected lighting and IoT with its 88MZ300 ZigBee wireless microcontroller which leads 802.15.4 technology in both performance and cost," said Philip Poulidis, Vice President and General Manager, Mobile and Internet of Things Business Units at Marvell. "Along with Kinoma and Marvell's recently announced Smart Home Cloud Center™, the 88MZ300 delivers a total solution for home automation and IoT markets. We look forward to the range of exciting new product opportunities that will be possible with the deployment of the 88MZ300."

Marvell Unveils Industry-Leading ZigBee Wireless Microcontroller SoC to Advance Smart Home and IoT Innovations

Marvell's 88MZ300 802.15.4/ZigBee microcontroller delivers high performance at ultra-low power and supports open standards including ZigBee 3.0 and Thread

Remote Controls: the essential accessory for the Smart Home ZigBee RF4CE: the mature and low cost technology of choice

GreenPeak posts new white paper for ZigBee RF4CE: what is RF4CE, why Operators prefer it for remote controls, why it is so successful in the USA and why European Smart Home Developers should use it in their devices

Indigo Domotics Releases New iOS Control Client for Smart Home Hub

Indigo Domotics, the leading provider of smart home hub software for the Apple(R) Mac(R) platform, today announced the immediate availability of Indigo Touch 2.0 for iOS, a major update of its iOS control app.

ADS Security Adds Automated Water Valves to Their Suite of Home Services

ADS Security announces the addition of automated water valves to its robust suite of ADS Aniware automation solutions to help protect properties from water damage, one of the costliest insurance claims.

Smart Home Automation System Revenues to Hit US$34 Billion in 2020, Says ABI Research

Global revenues from smart home automation systems will grow at a 21% CAGR between 2015 and 2020, according to ABI Research. North America will account for the lion’s share of the smart home automation system revenues in 2020, contributing close to 46% globally, followed by Europe and Asia-Pacific.   “Smart home automation system revenue was primarily driven by mass consumer adoption of smart home security systems but the market is also witnessing strong revenue growth from the adoption of smart plugs and smoke and air quality monitors,” says Senior Analyst Adarsh Krishnan.   Regional differences are also reflected in device adoption. In 2014, North America and Western Europe witnessed increased adoption of security cameras, especially those with embedded motion sensors which were used not only for home security but also indoor activity tracking. In China, due to increasing concern about air quality, environmental sensors are gaining popularity. To augment growing domestic demand, in 2014, Alibaba, Xiaomi, Tencent, and Baidu announced their entry into the smart home market with air quality monitors.

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