Comcast and Alarm.com to acquire smart home company Icontrol

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

eSentire Training Day Changes the Way Modern Employees Learn about Cybersecurity

Samsung Chief Medical Officer to Keynote Third-Annual Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers

Global Electronics and Technology Giant Shares Vision for Improving Consumer Healthcare

Ethernet Speed Certification

Inspired by the IP industry where engineers have a huge resource of off-shelve tools and materials that they can call on to inspire new designs and easily create software to make things work, the Ethernet testing industry is quickly adopting an approach where testers are specifically designed to certify Ethernet.

Smart Home Leader NexiaTM Integrates with Amazon Echo to Enable Hands-Free Whole-Home Automation

Simple voice commands control Nexia-certified devices throughout the home

Opinion Article: Apple HomeKit: More Home Automation Waste

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

Connected World Services' honeyBee platform combines with Zonoff's Consumer IoT platform to deliver a smart, end-to-end system that redefines home management

Luma Begins Shipping its Surround WiFi System, Announces Best Buy Partnership

Luma's technology brings unprecedented speed, security, and control to the home WiFi experience

Bluetooth® 5 Quadruples Range, Doubles Speed, Increases Data Broadcasting Capacity by 800%

New version of Bluetooth technology delivers "connectionless" IoT, advancing beacon and location-based capabilities in home, enterprise, and industrial

D-Links Adds 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera to mydlink Connected Home Ecosystem

New 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera Compatible with mydlink Connected Home Devices and IFTTT for a Fully Automated Home

Parks Associates Whitepaper: Video operators face new security risks as they develop data analytics strategies for the connected home

26% of U.S. broadband households have privacy and security concerns when using connected CE devices

D-Link Announces Support for Apple HomeKit

New D-Link Wi-Fi Camera to Support Apple's Smart Home Framework and New Home App in iOS 10

ELAN Helps To Seamlessly Unify Indoor and Outdoor Space in Contemporary Santa Barbara Home

When a Santa Barbara homeowner began remodeling his 1500-square foot home, he sought to create a harmonious space that seamlessly transitions from indoors to outdoors without missing a beat.

Why Apple wants to be the smart home's nerve center

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...

Christie speaks to the power and vitality of aesthetic design at NeoCon 2016

Experience how Christie delivers freedom of expression, design and functionality in a complete solution

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