Harrison Weber for VentureBeat: Comcast and security company Alarm.com have entered into agreements to acquire and divvy up Icontrol, an 11-year-old Internet of Things and home security company founded in Palo Alto and now based in Austin, Texas.
Comcast previously invested an undisclosed sum into Icontrol and relies on the company’s tech to power parts of its connected home and home security platform.
In this multi-part deal, Comcast says it’s buying Icontrol’s Converge platform and wholesale business, which “powers the Xfinity Home touch-screen panel and back-end servers, allowing them to communicate with and manage security sensors in the home, as well as supporting home-automation devices like cameras and thermostat.” Cont'd...
New eSentire Security Awareness Training Combines Microlearning and Gamification with Leading Knowledge-Building Platform
John C. Dvorak, Opinion Article for PCMag: Home automation has been on the back burner for decades, and is something Icomplain about at least once a year. It was in the news again after Apple's WWDC this week, when observers looking to squeeze some news out of the long keynote seized on news about HomeKit. This led me to the HomeKit homepage, which finally answered all my "what is it good for?" questions. Absolutely nothing!
Let's amuse ourselves with Apple's assertions. First, we are told to be on the lookout for the HomeKit seal of approval logo (above) for any sort of device we want to use within a HomeKit microcosm.
This ensures interoperability and security. Apple is using all sorts of proprietary protocols for these devices to protect users against house hacks that I've described in the past, where devices are controlled by smirking jokers on the net. Cont'd...
Connected World Services (CWS) Partners with Zonoff to Service the Growth of the Consumer Internet of Things (IoT) across Europe
Parks Associates Whitepaper: Video operators face new security risks as they develop data analytics strategies for the connected home
Lora Kolodny for TechCrunch: On Monday, Apple announced that it would make an app called Home available to users soon, allowing them to connect and control all of their HomeKit-enabled smart home devices from their iPads, iPhones or even Watches.
Per an earlier TechCrunch report live from the event, the Home app will let users control a Fantasia-like orchestra of smart gadgets from one place, including everything from smart doorbells and locks, to thermostats, light bulbs, humidifiers and entertainment systems.
And the app will let users engage Siri to tweak the settings on those devices, of course.
But why is Apple intent on becoming a universal remote, or a nerve center, for the smart home?
Frankly, consumers are not yet buying IoT devices and services with the fervor hoped for by consumer electronics and appliance brands. Cont'd...
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