Icontrol Networks Expands Connected Home Ecosystem

Icontrol Networks Expands Connected Home Ecosystem

Berlin Start-up Promises Home Security System of the Future

BuddyGuard's FLARE protects home by itself thanks to Artificial Intelligence

Yealink and TrueConf Establish Videoconferencing Partnership and Announce Solution Compatibility

Yealink - the global leading unified communication (UC) terminal solution provider - and TrueConf have announced the completion of joint interoperability testing and the successful certification of Yealink video conferencing terminals that are compatible with TrueConf videoconferencing software and the UC&C platform TrueConf Server.

Digital Signage Proficiency Holds the Key to Smart Retail

For retailers, the transformation to Retail 4.0 requires the integration of omni-channel retailing and online-to-offline (O2O) commerce. One of the key technologies to unlocking this transformation is digital signage.

Case Study: F4 Tornado Tracking

Using NetConnect's Watch Scroll they were able to watch the path of the tornado. Then used the information to contact their customers in the path of the storm and alert first responders as to where help was needed: all in real time.

Nest Reinvents the Outdoor Camera

New Nest Cam Outdoor, Redesigned Nest App and Person Alerts Bring Thoughtful Security Outside the Home

AcuRite Announces "My AcuRite" Smart Home Environmental Monitoring System

Consumers Can Access Their Indoor and Outdoor Home Environment from any Computer or Mobile Device, and Receive Alerts about Changing Conditions in Areas They Care About

Kickstarter - Smart Sensor to Alert People When They Forget to Turn Off Stove While Cooking

Utilizing the Internet of Things, motion censor, wireless and patent-pending technologies, the Toch Smarturns solution transforms existing stoves to SMART stoves, adding intelligence to the kitchen.

Control4: Apple Home App will help Home Automation Industry

Rob Stott for Dealerscope:  Not to say that the Home app is a killer to companies/platforms like Control4 and Crestron, but Apple is clearly encroaching on their space. That said, the aforementioned companies don’t necessarily see this as a problem. Rather, as Paul Williams, Control4’s VP of Solutions, put it, it’s more of an opportunity. “We would put this in the category of something that we think helps the smart home automation market,” Williams recently told Technology Integrator. “much like when, in the rise of the Internet of Things and IoT, what it’s really done has opened up consumers’ eyes to the possibilities. We’ve said, long before IoT came around, the biggest hurdle that we have in this space for us and other manufactures that specialize in home automation is customer awareness. Customers don’t even realize that this technology is available, that they can even do these kind of things, that there’s these sophisticated but simple-to-install and simple-to-use home automation systems that allow them to have great experiences in their homes.”   Full article:

Importance of High-Performance Storage for AR, Wearables Explored at FMS 2016

Storing and Connecting to Constant Streams of Real and Synthetic Data to be Discussed During AR/Wearables Session

Importance of High-Performance Storage for AR, Wearables Explored at FMS 2016

Storing and Connecting to Constant Streams of Real and Synthetic Data to be Discussed During AR/Wearables Session

Six Google Patents describe a new Home Automation System Covering Home Security

Patently Apple:  Late last month the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a series of six Google patents regarding a future home security system that will part of a larger home automation system that will be revealed over time.  In today's brief non-Apple patent report we cover an overview of Google's six patents relating to a future home security system that will eventually be a part of a greater home automation system. Google's first security system patent filing is titled "Home Security System with Automatic Context-Sensitive Transition to Different Modes."   Full Article:  

CHRON Unveils Long-Awaited Brand: Introducing Zen Technologies

Focusing on achieving balance in today's lifestyle is the essence of the new Zen brand, empowering customers to enjoy peace of mind at home and at work. Zen is passionate about providing innovative technology that deepens the connection between people and the things they care about most - their families, homes and businesses. In simple terms, Zen connects you to your world, your way.

Ayla Networks to Share IoT Platform Expertise at IoT Evolution Connected Home Conference

Ayla speaking at the Smart Machine Expo

This Utah Company Has Emerged As The Biggest Smart Home Player

Aaron Tilley for Forbes:  On the first warm summer week of the year in Provo, Utah, the headquarters of Vivint Smart Home appears quiet. It’s not till you make your way to the second floor that you stumble upon a flurry of activity. That’s where row after row of cubicles house mostly young men in their 20s, many sporting beards and tattoos. Some stand or pace about the room with headsets on, their eyes focused on sales scripts. Others stare into the distance past suburban office parks and toward the scrubby foothills of the Wasatch Mountains. Mawkish soft rock plays in the background. Above the cubicles, a monitor flashes the names and numbers of top salespeople. This year’s prize for the number-one seller is a trip to Hawaii. It’s a pretty low-tech operation, especially when you consider these reps are selling the future. Along with an army of 2,500 door-to-door salespeople across the United States and Canada (and a few in New Zealand), these 200 or so Utahans are aggressively pushing the Vivint smart home. They have already managed to persuade more than a million homeowners to pay between $40 and $80 a month to have their houses come to life with Internet-connected thermostats, lights, door locks, doorbells, garage door openers, cameras and sensors, whether they are made by Vivint or one of its partners.  Cont'd...

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ELK Products -C1M1 Dual-Path Alarm Communicators with Remote Services

ELK Products -C1M1 Dual-Path Alarm Communicators with Remote Services

C1M1 offers a truly significant reduction in transmission time in comparison to other communicators that rely on dial capture or data bus decoding. This can result in quicker response time to emergency situations which could save lives and assets. By providing both IP and cellular pathways, C1M1 provides the reliability installers are looking for in an alarm communicator. C1M1 eliminates port forwarding and extra fees for remote access. Installers can remotely upload/download programming changes to M1 controls over IP or cellular using ElkRP2. Consumers can control the M1 remotely via the free ElkLink mobile app and web portal, as well as eKeypad and M1 Touch Pro apps. Other IP-based software and interface partners can connect to the M1 control over the local network through C1M1. C1M1 also provides email/text notifications for arm, disarm, and alarm events. ELK-C1M14GSM supports GSM (AT&T/T-Mobile) networks and ELK-C1M1CDMA supports CDMA (Verizon) networks.