Houzz: Consumers Embracing Smart Home Technology

MEGAN SALZANO for HomeWorld Business:  Houzz’s recent home trends survey identified a growing consumer awareness and integration of smart home technology when it comes to home renovations and remodeling. The survey revealed that 45% of renovating homeowners are incorporating smart technology, systems or devices into their home that can be monitored or controlled via smartphone, tablet or computer. Houzz’s 2016 U.S. Smart Home Trends Survey of nearly 1,000 homeowners in the midst of, planning, or who have recently completed a home renovation project, was conducted in collaboration with CEDIA. According to the survey, renovated homes are more than twice as likely to include a smart system or device than before the renovation, 51% versus 20%, respectively. In terms of connected product category, the survey showed 25% of homeowners are installing smart devices for security and safety, 18% for entertainment, 14% for climate control and 12% for lighting. It also showed that 30% of upgraded smart home systems or devices can be controlled via a central hub and 26% include voice-controlled features.   Cont'd...

Consumer Electronics Distributors Prepares for Annual Fall Ball

Midwest regional distributor C.E.D. invites dealers and industry affiliates to join them for any of their three full-day events in October to experience the latest technology, meet with manufacturer reps and take advantage of special promotions.

18% of U.S. broadband households own a wearable fitness device

Digital health research finds smart watches preferred over fitness trackers for sports activities

Amped Wireless Announces New Long-Range HD Wi-Fi Cameras, APOLLO, Available for Pre-Order Today

Designed to penetrate through walls and floors, APOLLO provides up to three times more range than standard cameras.

PIN Genie Smart Lock on Kickstarter Passes Advanced Home Security Tests

The PIN Genie Smart Lock passed the toughest security test of BHMA A156 Grade B last week, has 20 more days in their Kickstarter campaign

Control4 Recognizes Top Dealers for 2016

Honoring those who exemplify excellence and dedication to the custom installation channel

Consumer demand for smart home safety alerts increasing

Research firm to present webcast on impact of IoT on U.S. and European insurance industries

dinCloud Executive Named to Top Midmarket IT Executives List by The Channel Company and Midsize Enterprise Summit

Continuous Awards Validate dinCloud's Strength in Channel Efforts, Innovation, and Growth in the Midmarket

New iDevices® Smart Home Essentials Kit Delivers Seamless Smart Home Evolution Complete with Concierge Service

iDevices delivers its first curated selection of premium, personalized, hub-free smart home products in one thoughtful package

Adoption of smart home devices in Western Europe trails the U.S.

Parks Associates President to present global IoT research insights at Smart Home Summit London

Middle Atlantic Expands Power Hardware Solutions With Affordable Power Distribution Offering

Select Series PDU With RackLink Features Unique Form Factors and Intelligent Control, Simplifying Installations and Reducing Cost of Service

CEDIA - Can the Smart Tech Industry Convince Consumers to Take the Smart Home Leap

Home building expert, Sabine H. Schoenberg, offers insights to the smart home tech industry at CEDIA 2016 in Dallas, TX

Will Hackers Outsmart the Smart Home? Why Security Needs to Happen at the Design Level

ABI Research:  The advent of home automation and rapid rise of smart home connected devices is seeing some vendors and new startups scramble to become a part of the movement, with ABI Research forecasting 360 million smart home device shipments by 2020. But many companies are leaving major security flaws in the wake of their hurried attempts to penetrate the market, producing products riddled with bugs and unpatched vulnerabilities. Ignoring cybersecurity at the design level provides a wide open door for malicious threat actors to exploit smart home products. “We see an alarming increase in ransomware in smart TVs and IP cameras, code injection attacks, evidence of zero-day threats, and password eavesdropping for smart locks and connected devices,” says Dimitrios Pavlakis, Industry Analyst at ABI Research. “The current state of security in the smart home ecosystem is woefully inadequate. Smart home device vendors need to start implementing cybersecurity mechanisms at the design stage of their products.” Numerous attack vectors have been identified in popular smart home communication protocols, such as ZigBee, Z-Wave, and Wi-Fi. Many companies are creating and selling easy-to-tamper smart locking systems, easy-to-hack sensor systems, and products that host a plethora of software vulnerabilities.  Cont'd...

The Growth of Online Video-Based Learning

The use of written material in education has become boring to today's digital users. Neurological studies have proven that memories are reinforced when an emotion was attached to memory.

CEDIA - ELAN Debuts Major Software Update, Including Amazon Echo Integration

"The new ELAN software update allows custom installers to integrate more devices into the system than ever before," said Tom McKeon, Core Brands Software Product Manager. "As the connected home market expands, so too does ELAN's capability to serve as the primary controller for every residential project. This new software reinforces the fact that ELAN is, and will continue to be, the most intuitive control hub for any smart home."

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Comelit - VIP Kit With Planux Monitor With WIFI/3G/4G Remote APP - 8512IM

Comelit - VIP Kit With Planux Monitor With WIFI/3G/4G Remote APP - 8512IM

The kit allows use of the video entry phone system via a door entry monitor as well as tablets and smartphones on the Wi-Fi network, or remotely on 3G (or higher) networks. The gateway in the pack allows connection of other devices (Comelit VIP door entry monitors or PCs) besides the door entry monitor supplied. In all cases, the gateway should be connected to an ASDL router or another device guaranteeing local Wi-Fi and mobile 3G connectivity. Depending on bandwidth limitations, the gateway can serve up to 15 appliances (including door entry monitors, smartphones, tablets and PCs) with 4 simultaneous door entry monitor streams. It also allows "intercom" communication between all of the 16 devices served. For mobile devices, whenever both modes are available and enabled, the app automatically switches. .