All-Seeing Security System Allows Complete Home

Developed by Ontario-based smart monitor company Blacksumac, Piper received the necessary funding through Indiegogo in September 2013, earning over $300,000 in a single month. This recently-released product uses a Z-Wave to turn appliances off and on, video-monitor rooms, detect motion, record video, and provide home stats (temperature, humidity, etc.), all of which are accessible from a smartphone.

The system even allows you to add if/then commands from the phone in case of intruders. For example, it’s easy to input a command for when a specific door is open, such as “send me a text” or “sound the siren.” Even if you have a furry friend at home, Piper’s setting can be altered so that your pet won’t set off alarms meant for a robber. The device is still a work in progress, with Blacksumac working to integrate voice command technology in the near future.
 

When you arrive home, there’s no need to input a code to turn off the alarms you’ve set. The system will use Blutooth to detect when you are in the area (assuming you have your phone) and shut off all security settings. By having the system completely accessible from your phone, there are some concerns about whether the system can be hacked, though no cases of such have arisen thus far.

SurgeX Announces Lifetime Product and Five-Year Connected Equipment Protection Warranty

SurgeX, the leader in energy intelligence and power protection, announces a new lifetime product and five-year connected protection warranty for its Advanced Series Mode products.

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EcoFactor Debuts Residential HVAC Performance Monitoring Service

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Extron Announces 4K and Ultra HD Solutions

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Alcons Audio staying home for ISE 2014

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FSR Gears Up For ISE 2014 With Full Line of AV Switching, Control Gear, Connectivity Solutions And More For European Market

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Furman Celebrates 40th Anniversary at 2014 NAMM Show

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Securing the Smart Home, from Toasters to Toilets

Hackers have long wreaked havoc on PCs via the Internet, leading to data breaches and computer crashes. Now that the rush is on to add connectivity to everything from crockpots to light bulbs, the stakes get even higher—and more personal (see “More Connected Homes, More Problems”). Antivirus software helped PCs, but you can’t simply install a software suite developed for your desktop on a smart toaster; as a result, connected home devices typically rely on the user going online and setting up a username and password for protection.
 
A number of tech companies and industry groups say that “smart” devices are hitting store shelves with little in the way of security protection. Security experts blame a number of factors for the problem: startups may put security in the backseat in their haste to get products out the door, and established companies that have traditionally operated offline—like stereo or TV manufacturers—could simply fail to realize that they need to protect against threats when it comes to Internet-connected gadgets.
 
“They’re not being stupid,” says Marc Rogers, lead security researcher at mobile security company Lookout. “It’s just not something they’ve had to deal with.”
 
So while companies roll out everything from “smart” lights and door locks that you can control with a smartphone to connected toilets and blood-pressure monitors, a movement is also afoot to make these products as secure as possible.

GammaTech to Showcase Rugged and Semi-Rugged Notebook and Tablet PCs at DistribuTECH

GammaTech will be showing its rugged and semi-rugged mobile computers at the DistribuTECH. Numerous models will be on display at booth #736, including a sneak peek of their all-new R8300 rugged notebook.

YCD Multimedia Announces Next Generation of Its Flagship Digital Signage Platform

The new version provides powerful tools to further facilitate in-store active dialog between retailers and consumers

TouchSystems' Carol Nordin to Discuss Interactive Digital Signage at DSE 2014

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New iPad mini Enclosure Expands ArmorActive's Conference Room Product Line

ArmorActive is proud to announce the addition of the Strata iPad mini Wall Mount to their conference room scheduling enclosure product line. Apple, Hawaiian Airlines, Zappos, and Yale University are a few of ArmorActive's clients currently using the iPad mini in commercial building space to schedule their conference rooms.

CEDIA Expo Award Goes to ACS (Audio Command Systems, Inc.)

For the "Biggest, Baddest Home" Integration Award Presented at CEDIA 2013 Expo Show

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