Safety and Home/Away Use Cases Dominate Smart Home Interoperability Matrix

Parks Associates:  New research from Parks Associates finds smart home solutions that coordinate safety and home/away event scenarios could help a device manufacturer create cross-platform brand loyalty similar to Apple's dominance in CE device ecosystems. The IoT research firm finds U.S. consumers are more likely to own multiple CE products from Apple than from any other CE brand, with loyalty based largely around its mobile platforms. The emerging smart home markets do not have a dominant cross-platform player yet and represent an opportunity to establish a new population of brand loyalists.  "Apple has built a strong base of brand loyalists—82% of Mac users who purchased a smartphone chose an iPhone. By comparison, only 38% of non-Mac users who bought a smartphone chose an iPhone," said Brett Sappington, Senior Research Director, Parks Associates. "But cross-platform loyalty is difficult to achieve. Beyond Apple, ecosystem-based thinking among U.S. consumers is not natural; manufacturers must bridge this gap through product development and marketing that emphasize brand-specific benefits in use cases that apply across computing, mobile, and entertainment platforms.   Cont'd...  

Samsung Helps Make Homes Smarter This Holiday Season

Philadelphia's "Miracle on South 13th Street" holiday display gets connected with Samsung SmartThings

VITEC Wins Worship Facilities 2016 Solomon Award for Best Design and Installation of AVL System

Award Honors VITEC's Streaming Innovation For the Bridge Christian Church

Silicon Labs Opens Doors for Smart Home Accessory Makers with New SDK Supporting Apple HomeKit

Bluetooth® Solution for Apple HomeKit Helps Developers Reduce Project Risk and Speed Time to Market

Wireless Smart Home Technology Leader Chooses Orange Business Services to Boost User Experience with Seamless IoT Connectivity

Orange to supply Chuango with multi-roaming SIMs for next three years Out-of-the-box connectivity improves user experience and home security

Nortek Security & Control Gears for Growth and Innovation - Expands Manufacturing Capacity, Adds Key Executive Talent

Carlsbad, CA - November 28, 2016 - Nortek Security & Control, a leader in the security, smart home and wellness technology markets, announced today new executive staff additions and role changes to better position itself for continued growth, deliver faster product time to market, fuel more innovation, and serve a growing customer base. Additionally, Nortek Security & Control will be expanding its manufacturing capacity by 25 percent.

Home security systems 101: Things to consider

Janet Thomson for Curbed:  When we talk about home tech, we’re often focused on products from technology juggernauts or new startups, but home security systems, the predecessors to today’s smart home ecosystems, have been used for decades (the first system was invented in 1969 by Marie Van Brittan Brown, and it featured a closed-circuit television system, a remote controlled door, and two-way communication). Today there are literally thousands of options on the market, ranging from DIY kits to hardwired systems built into your home. How to choose? We went to the home security experts to understand the differences between systems and key features you should consider before installing.   Cont'd...

VS1010 - MP3 and DSP Microcontroller System-on-a-Chip

VLSI Solution, an expert in digital audio, announces the VS1010 MP3 Audio DSP Microcontroller, a versatile and highly integrated all-in-one system-on-a-chip.

China's LingLong launches DingDong smart home speaker

BBC News:  A Chinese firm has unveiled the country's first voice-activated smart home speaker - its answer to Amazon's Echo and Google's Home. The DingDong, by technology company Beijing LingLong, uses voice interaction to do tasks such as playing music and switching on home appliances. The device is said to understand Mandarin, Cantonese and basic English. A study by Juniper Research suggests China's smart home market could be worth $22.8bn (£18.3bn) by 2018. Beijing LingLong is owned by Chinese online retailer JD.com - which is selling the DingDong for 698 yuan ($100, £81).   Cont'd...

RTI Expands Its Partnership With Distributor Invision

RTI Now Offers Its World-Class Automation and Control Solutions to the Netherlands Through Invision Europe

COMMODORE HOME - YOUR SMART HOME FOR 1983

Brian Benchoff for Hackaday:  The Internet of Things is a horrific waste of time, even though no one knows exactly what it is. What would make it better? Classic Commodore gear, of course. Now you can run your smart home with a Commodore 64 and Commodore Home, the newest smart home framework from [retro.moe]. Commodore Home comes with the standard smart home features you would expect. The home lighting solution is a dot matrix printer, a few gears, and string tied to the light switch. Activate the printer, and the lights turn on and off. Brilliant. Multiple light switches can be controlled by daisy chaining printers. Security is important in the smart home, and while the intruder alarm isn’t completely functional, future versions of Commodore Home will dial a modem, log into a BBS, and leave a message whenever an authorized person enters your home.   Cont'd...

Integrated Control with MMS-5A and Crestron SmartObject™ Technology

From a video projector-based home theater to window treatments, advanced use of security cameras, home automation and whole-house entertainment, the Integrated Concepts show home is an ideal environment to highlight the ever evolving world of the connected home.

Smart Home For The Holidays: Honeywell Offers Tips To Maximize Connected Home Technology While Enjoying The Season

Honeywell's Lyric™ platform helps homeowners simplify preparations and enjoy a comfortable holiday at home, or secure their homes while traveling

Smart Living - Simplified, on Display at CES

SmartBeings, the First Truly AI Interactive Smart Home Solution with Voice Control and Facial Recognition, Earns Prestigious CES Innovation Award

Xicato and EnOcean to Demonstrate BLE Interoperability for Title 24 Compliant Smart Lighting at CES 2017

Simple, easy to install wireless lighting control meets major building code requirements.

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