Apple strategy in 'smart home' race threatened by Amazon

Stephen Nellis for Reuters:   In less than a year, Amazon's combination of the Echo speaker system and the Alexa voice-controlled digital assistant has come close to delivering on the elusive promise of easy-to-use technology that can control gadgets in the home with a few spoken words. Yet Amazon.com Inc's (AMZN.O) surprise success sets up a long-term battle with Apple Inc. (AAPL.O) and Alphabet Inc's Google (GOOGL.O) for primacy in the connected household. And the contours of that competition are following a classic tech industry dynamic. Amazon is pursuing an open-systems approach that allows quick development of many features, while Apple is taking a slower route, asserting more control over the technology in order to assure security and ease-of-use. The strategic importance of the "connected home" niche looms large: Amazon wants a way to own its customer interactions -mainly shopping online - without an Apple phone or a Google Web browser as an intermediary.  Apple needs to keep the iPhone at the center of customers’ lives, and has built a whole home automation architecture, called Homekit, into its smartphone.   Cont'd...

51% Would Trade Smart Home Device Data For Cost Savings

Chase Martin for IoT Daily:  When it comes to smart home devices, consumers seem to be open to sharing control and data if it means saving money. U.S. homeowners are interested in measuring and monitoring activities in the home, especially energy usage, and would share their data to receive a discount, according to new research from Parks Associates. More than a third (36%) of households said the idea of a system that monitors or manages energy usage in their home is very appealing. Slightly more (37%) said a security monitoring system is very appealing and almost as many (35%) said the same about a safety monitoring system, according to Parks Associates.   Cont'd...

ZyCast Technology acquires resi-linx

Taiwanese manufacturer acquires resi-linx. ZyCast Technology continues rapid expansion in Asia Pacific.

Vivint Smart Home Tops the Strategy Analytics List of Smart Home Service Providers in the U.S.

New report projects smart home market growth of 20 percent in 2017

Z-Wave Alliance Welcomes Lighting Giant LEEDARSON to Board of Directors

The Z-Wave Alliance announces the addition of global connected lighting manufacturer LEEDARSON to its Principal Level Membership

Middle Atlantic Steps Up Universal Control for AV Applications

All-New Single-Gang Controlled Wall Plate Delivers Simple, Powerful Control

CABA to hold Forum in Silicon Valley; Announces Keynote Speakers from Intel & Google

The Continental Automated Buildings Association is pleased to announce that its next Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum will be held April 26-28, 2017 in Silicon Valley. This year's CABA Forum will be co-located with Intel Corporation, a CABA Board Member, at their campus in Santa Clara, CA.

Sears parlays brand reputation and service network with connected home line

Bruce Brown from DigitalTrends:  Meet the new brand, same as the old brands. Sears Holdings, the U.S. holding company that owns the Sears and Kmart retail chains, has repurposed and combined three of its best-known product names - Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard - into the new KCD brand for connected products, according to Twice. KCD president Tom Park pushed the focus on smart homes as a way to not only participate in the connected space market but bring to the relatively new market two elements he sees as missing: trust and reliability. Kenmore appliances bring a full century of history. Craftsman tools are known for their guaranteed durability and lifetime warranties. DieHard batteries have helped start automotive products for more than 50 years.   Cont'd...

SAVANT® EMBARKS ON LARGEST INTEGRATOR SUMMIT IN COMPANY HISTORY

CEO Robert Madonna to unveil new product roadmap featuring significant innovations for the luxury residential market

ZERO DAY EXPLOITS WILL RISE FROM ONCE PER WEEK TO ONCE PER DAY IN 2021

New Cybersecurity Ventures Report Offers Insight for CISOs and IT Security Teams

5 Easy Updates for a Safer and Smarter Home in 2017

With nothing more than a few simple home updates and investments in smart technology, you'll make your home safer, smarter, and more personalized to your needs.

High Fives Non-Profit Foundation Supports Injured Athletes in ELAN-Controlled Recovery Gym

After aspiring professional skier Roy Tuscany had an accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down, his community flooded him with financial and emotional support. After years of various forms of treatment, Roy Tuscany defied medical odds when he stood up and walked out of the hospital.

IoT and Robotics Invent the Future in Kandy, myDevices and Collaborizm Hackathon

Winners of global virtual hackathon announced

ATEN strengthens its position in the professional IT and AV markets in ISE 2017

Developing high-standard connectivity solutions for almost 40 years, ATEN will again present its latest innovations at ISE 2017 (February 7-10, Amsterdam RAI). Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) is the largest event in Europe for system integration in the AV and IT industries, held annually in Amsterdam (NL). Come and discover ATEN's extensive media distribution, control center and IT management solutions in multiple live hands-on setups.

Crestron Now Shipping DMPS3-4K-300-C and DMPS3-4K-200-C 3-Series 4K60 DigitalMedia Presentation Systems

New models feature 4K60, full support for HDCP 2.2, Control Subnet, and easy setup and touch screen control using web-based configuration tool, with no programming required

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