Securifi Named a 2016 'Cool Vendor' by Gartner for Innovation in Connected Home

The annual report evaluates interesting, new and innovative vendors, products and services in the connected home space that are combining usability with intelligence and design.

​Thread, ZigBee, Z-Wave: Why smart home standards matter

Dan Sung for Wareable:  Wi-Fi has proved to be a really effective way of getting our laptops, our tablets, our phones and even our TVs and stereo systems to talk to the internet but it's not working for the smart home.

The Internet of Things has more subtle needs than these big-batteried, regularly charged or permanently powered items, and clunky old Wi-Fi can't handle the pressure of getting scores of small sensors talking.

You might have heard of names ZigBee, Z-Wave and, more recently, Thread but what do they do? And should be you considering them when planning your smart home? Read on to find out.

Why standards matter:  Let's say you fill your home with connectable devices. They're sitting there - your washing machine, your door lock, your toasted sandwich maker or whatever - and they're bursting with notifications to send to you and to each other.  Cont'd...

New Research Proves 'Do-it-for-Me' Approach to Smart Home Earns High Customer Satisfaction

Icontrol Networks Profiles Professionally-Installed Smart Home Customers; Shows Security and Support Driving Factors in DIFM Smart Home Decisions

The Thread Group Continues to Expand Influence Across Connected Home

Alliance Appoints New President, Enhances Focus on Europe and Asia, Deepens Engagement with IoT Industry Groups and Continues to Make Membership Accessible to Early Stage Innovators

WigWag Powers Smart Home Evolution, Unveils Filament Lighting Kit

Provides the Entry Point for a Personalized and Interoperable Smart Home

Trekking in the Clouds at the June 23 Creative Storage Conference (SM)

Registration is now open

Parks Associates: Only 4% of patients with three or more chronic conditions have a care coordinator

New consumer research outlines consumer engagement strategies for care providers

LG Electronics, ADT + frog Win Red Dot Award: Product Design for LG Smart Security Device

All-in-one home security system's ingenious design takes consumer-first approach

Qorvo® Unveils New Software Development Kit to Accelerate Deployment of Smart Home Gateways

New ZigBee 3.0 SDK eases compatibility with multiple communication protocols in today's Smart Home

Parks Associates speaking at key IoT events this week: Internet of Things World, Future Connected Cars, and ATA

Analysts to Discuss New Research on Security in the Connected Home, Predictive Intelligent Systems, and the Digital Health Market

InfoComm - Platinum Tools® Features New Patch Panels at 2016 InfoComm

Now Shipping, Platinum Tools Patch Panels Keep Cables in Easily Identifiable Order While Keeping Them Secure, Making it Easier to Re-Configure and Troubleshoot Networks When Desired or Necessary

SAGE by Hughes Now Works with Nest

SAGE Brings Nest Intelligence, Security and Control to the Television

5 misguided reasons for asking wireless carriers to manage smart home networks

Ira Brodsky for ComputerWorld:  Last week, a guest editorial by Jerome Rota of Greenwave Systems titled, “How to Bring the ‘Internet of Things’ to Life” appeared in The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Rota suggested that wireless operators should manage smart home networks using spectrum acquired in the FCC’s 600 MHz auction. This is a bad idea for several reasons.

1.   “Today a smart home nearly requires an IT specialist.”

The first products based on new technology are often difficult to set up and manage. Mr. Rota’s solution -- having wireless carriers perform these tasks -- could short-circuit the development of more user-friendly products and would saddle consumers with unnecessary monthly fees.  Cont'd...

Clean Slates: Devices, Social Media Make Younger Generation Worldly Faster

While a recent Intel study found that the young generation is extremely tech-savvy, they are also concerned that technology makes people less human.

Vimtag Launches Sleek IP Monitoring Cameras and Private Remote Storage Device to Establish a Home's First Line of Defense

The new products include the sleek P1 Smart Cloud IP camera, the M1 Mini Cube Cloud IP camera, and the CloudBox remote video storage device, expanding Vimtag's complete suite of devices that enable individuals to monitor their business or home from anywhere in the world

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