InfoComm - New Christie Mystique Previewed at InfoComm 2016

'Going Big' With Software and Services to Support the Design, Installation, and Operation of Extraordinary Experiences for Theme Parks, Sport Stadiums and Arenas

Why Nest's woes are typical of the smart home industry

Hayley Tsukayama for The Washington Post:  Tony Fadell’s decision to step down from the helm of Nest last week came as a surprise but not a big one.

The problems specific to the smart appliance company — which is owned by Google — have been well-documented. But the questions that now loom over Nest aren’t isolated to this one firm, but over the entire smart home industry in general.

Nest, after all, was supposed to be the trailblazer leading the smart home revolution. When Google put down $3.2 billion to buy it in 2014, it appeared to make sense. The company was already a fixture in consumers’ online lives, and the purchase would give Google an entry point into their offline lives. The charismatic Fadell seemed to be the right pioneer, given his product experience at Apple that he could apply to Google’s more open computing vision.  But Nest proved to be a less-than-ideal poster child.  Cont'd...

InfoComm - SunBriteTV's New 49" Outdoor Display Offers Commercial Integrators Upgraded Features Without an Upgraded Price

New Pro Series Model Introduces Larger Screen Size, Smaller Footprint, With Same Cost and Legendary SunBriteTV Durability as its Predecessor

What is SHaaS? And why should you care?

Comcast survey shows that home owners want a smart home. They want services, not a collection of connected devices.

InfoComm - Belden Demonstrates Time-Saving AV Solutions at InfoComm 2016

If having to carry too many tools is weighing you down or having to remember multiple termination processes is frustrating you, Belden has been carefully listening to your concerns.

Nuance's Dragon TV Powers NOS Set Top Boxes and Remote Controls

Portugal's Media Holding Company NOS Integrates Nuance's Voice Recognition for Easier Content Discovery and Search

InfoComm - Utelogy AV Control Enables Application Integration with API/SDK in 2.0 Release

The latest release of Utelogy's AV control and services platform integrates with your Active Directory, other enterprise software, and UC Platforms to enhance collaboration and add revenue opportunities for AV integrators.

Home Automation, IoT Could Cut Energy Consumption 10 Percent, Says Study

CTA Study:  The increasing use of home automation technology through the Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential for substantial energy savings and greenhouse gas emissions reductions, according to a new study released by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™.

The study, The Energy Savings Potential of Home Automation Technology, finds that widespread adoption of home automation products such as temperature, circuit, and lighting control, if used for energy savings purposes, could collectively avoid up to 100 million tons of CO2 emissions and reduce total residential primary energy consumption by as much as 10 percent — savings that are more than consumer electronics’ share of residential primary energy consumption (8.4 percent), according to a separate CTA study.

CTA’s new study reports the overall U.S. technical energy savings potential from several individual approaches ranges from 0.3 to 1.1 quadrillion Btu (quads) of primary energy consumption, or from 1 to 5 percent of total residential primary energy consumption. The study’s findings, which represent the best current estimates of achievable savings, highlight several areas where home automation could deliver energy savings, including connected thermostats, HVAC zoning, and control of window shades, circuits, and lighting.  Cont'd...

Annual Revenue for Communicating and Smart Thermostats is Expected to Reach $4.4 Billion in 2025, According to Navigant Research

An array of distribution channels is helping to drive the market for advanced thermostats, report finds

How to Choose the Safest IoT Device for your Home

Alexandra Gheorghe for MacWorld:  Growth in the consumer market for Internet of Things gadgets is accelerating at an impressive speed, and forecasters predict 25 billion devices will be online by 2020. Thus, users can choose from a wide array of products available on the market.

On, for instance, around 400 search results relate to smart thermostats. But which product is best? After filtering the huge list by price and reviews, you are left with a handful of good options. Maybe some are more visually appealing than others, so, you select those that fit the aesthetics of your home. But where does security fit in? Is it among your top three selection criteria?

Unfortunately, most users prefer convenience over security. This known tradeoff is also partially due to the lack of standardization. There is no “security star” rating for consumer IoT devices. Needless to say, most consumers don’t have the tools and skills needed to differentiate products based on their security posture.

Such a system seems difficult to implement at this stage of IoT development.  Cont'd...

Sacramento Kings Select VITEC IPTV Venue Solution for New Golden 1 Center

VITEC's Latest IP Distribution Technology Delivers High-Quality, Low-Latency Video and Dynamic Digital Signage

Tightrope Media Systems Carousel Digital Signage Powers Educational and Interactive Content at MWMO

Watershed organization benefits from greater flexibility, timelier content updates upon transition to Carousel, engaging visitors, students and staff alike

InfoComm Names Keynote Speakers for 4th Annual AV Executive Conference in Miami

Headlining the conference as keynote speakers will be Bert Jacobs, Co-founder and Chief Executive Optimist of the Life is Good Company, and Ken Schmidt, former Director of Communications for Harley-Davidson. They will both share lessons they've learned from building leading brands that celebrate the customer experience.

A new approach to the smart home is just around the corner as LinkBee raises $6 million in seed round

Trailblazing technology company will use funds to redefine the smart home into a thoughtful home

Control4 Named Top Company in the Annual CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis for Whole-House Automation and Control

Pakedge named the Top Brand for Home Networks

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