Legrand Introduces the Radiant® Collection Pairing Refined, Classic Aesthetics with Functional Technology

Global leader puts stylish design and modern conveniences at homeowners' fingertips with affordable switches, outlets and home automation controls

"My team is playing tonight. Ok Google set the living room lights to red"

Philips Hue is a debut partner with Google's voice platform, Google Home

SmartThings Works with Google Home

Open Platform Furthers Commitment to Voice Control and Integrates with Weave Cloud Platform

Can Google Catch Up to Amazon and Win the Smart Home Race?

Mathew Ingram for Fortune:  Google is famous for coming to the market late. The search-engine business was well established before it arrived, and yet the company managed to take the lead. It now dominates the category. But can it do the same thing in the smart home?

The web giant is expected to launch a standalone device called simply Google Home on Tuesday, a device that it hopes will become the centerpiece of the smart home, and provide some strong competition for the well-established Amazon Echo. But it will be an uphill battle.  Cont'd...

Smart homes still overpriced, undersold and misunderstood says Beecham Research

New report says that a lack of awareness and knowledge of smart home products and their benefits is holding back market growth but still predicts healthy revenues

D-TOOLS DESIGN AWARD WINNERS AND FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

Stunning electronic system design projects specified using D-Tools System Integrator platform showcases scale & scope of software as well as the innovation of its users

Middle Atlantic Celebrates AV Month With Robust Training Lineup

Integrators Can Earn Up to Four CTS, BICSI, or AIA Credits

PowerHouse Alliance Members Kick Off Fall Season with Three Major Events and October Trainings

With three annual events planned and multiple trainings cross-country, PowerHouse Alliance members look forward to an eventful month.

Only 15% of smart watch owners use their watch to make a mobile payment

IoT research firm to present to discuss convergence between wearables and mobile payments at Wearable Technology Show, October 4-5

Step Up Your Smart-Home Security Now

NATHAN OLIVAREZ-GILES for The Wall Street Journal:  Connected cameras and other smart-home devices promise a Jetsons-esque future. But as a recent hijacking of more than 100,000 networked cameras and DVRs demonstrates, they also provide fertile ground for hackers.

“You should make the assumption that anything that’s internet accessible is hackable. If it has a camera or a mic built in, it can be taken over,” said Kenneth White, a security researcher and director of the Open Crypto Audit Project, a nonprofit that promotes cybersecurity.

To protect yourself, you have to have the right perspective. “You need to take this seriously, but not be afraid of it either,” he said. Once you accept that hacking happens, embrace the security at your disposal. Here are some easy tips to help you step up your smart-home defenses:  Cont'd...

Introducing RATtrap, the world's first subscription free smart firewall for home users

IoT Defense launches RATtrap to protect the consumer Internet of Things (IoT)

Monitronics Begins New Era Of Smart Home Security; Rebrands As "MONI"

New Name Reflects the Company's Evolution as a Smart Home Security Solutions Organization with Faster, More Personalized Offerings

Amazon Will Let the Mailman Unlock and Enter Your Smart Home

Mike Brown for Inverse:  Amazon is trialing a new technology that would allow delivery personnel to enter your smart home unaided, dropping off packages and hopefully not eating any grapes on the way out. It’s all thanks to two startups Amazon is reportedly partnering with two startups: Garageio, which makes smart garage doors, and August Home, which makes smart locks. The companies are working with the retail giant to give consumers the option at the checkout of granting one-time access to the delivery address.

A report from The Information, which revealed the initiative, explained that the feature could be useful for people concerned with leaving valuable packages on doorsteps. The service could also cut down on waste packaging, as Amazon could cut down on protection necessary for leaving parcels exposed to the elements. Although it’s not clear at this stage when the service will become widely available, Amazon has conducted a small series of tests in the Seattle area.  Cont'd...

PureLink Expands HDTools Line with UHD Video Switcher & HD Wall Processor Offerings

New HDMI 2.0 4x1 Switch and HD Multi-Format Video Wall Processor Products Aimed at Home Theater and Commercial Markets

What Is the Real Value of IoT?

Technology can be used in many different ways but we continue to be responsible for how we use it. It would be a mistake to ignore how it can help us live better lives: a connected world is a better world.

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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!