VMP Names Stephen G. Passwaters National Sales Manager

Video Mount Products is a leading provider of mounting solutions for the commercial, residential, security, and pro audio/video markets.

ISC West - Industry Support Growing for Connected Security Expo @ ISC West

Industry Advisory Board Finalizing Education Content

ISE 2016 - New Pakedge AV Router Boasts Gigabit LAN/WAN Speed

Addresses need for speed in Custom AV channel

Japan's YTV Upgrades Intercom With Riedel Artist System

Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation (YTV) has deployed a new Riedel Communications Artist digital matrix intercom system at its Osaka broadcast facilities to improve communications supporting production of programming including the popular Japanese variety show "Miyane-ya." Installed as part of an ongoing upgrade of YTV's control rooms, the new Artist system in the Studio 3 control room provides the robust communications functionality needed to manage internal signals and audio contribution from a wide variety of external sources.

Barix Announces Subscription Model for SoundScape Music and Advertising Platform

Innovative pay-as-you-go model lowers long-term expansion costs, paves way for focused monetization strategies in retail, hospitality and other businesses

Swann Enhances Its DIY Home Security Line, Revealing New 4K Ultra HD Security System

Swann's 4K Ultra HD Security System has four times more pixels than 1080p, enabling the experience of amazing video in Ultra HD

Platinum Tools® Launches New Big Mouth Tool Bag

Big Mouth includes six spacious interior and exterior pockets for storage, is made with water-resistant canvas construction with nylon stitching for durability, and collapses flat for storage when not in use.


AV Series and Wireless Controller Kit Honored by the Consumer Technology Association

littleBits Announces Distribution Agreement with Ingram Micro

New Distribution Relationship Expands Access to littleBits Products in U.S., Empowering Invention and 21st-Century Learning


CEDIA EMEA is partnering with internationally renowned growth partnership company, Frost & Sullivan, to access its research programmes, source market information and gain valuable analyst and consulting support.

Smart Home Device Buyers Want Support

By Aaron Baar for MediaPost:  Although they have been tagged as one of the bright spots for the coming year in the consumer electronics sector, makers of smart home devices need to be concerned about user-friendliness if they want them to truly take off.

According to a survey conducted by support.com, which provides tech support and support center services, nearly a third (31%) of smart home system owners struggle with the complexity of setup. In addition, 43% of potential smart home device buyers are concerned about how complex setting up the system might be. 

“Complexity is starting to impede adoption,” Alex Polous, Support.com’s vice president of marketing, tells Marketing Daily. “If we want to increase adoption, we need to look at the user experience and not just the flashy features.”

Still, 37% of current smart home device owners installed the devices themselves, and 61% want to attempt to fix the issues on their own. Providers, then, should offer an array of support options for different customers and for different stages of ownership, he says.  Cont'd...

CES 16 - Simple Control Named Home Technology App of the Year

The Consumer Technology Association names Simple Control a winner of the prestigious 2016 Mark of Excellence Awards, announced at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

Making Sense of Smart Home Tech at CES 2016

Dan Tynan for Yahoo Tech:  The problem with smart home technology in 2016 isn’t a lack of intelligence; it’s a failure to communicate.

As more  new ‘smart’ devices appear — and we saw a passel of them at CES 2016, from smart showers to beds, belts, blenders, toothbrushes and more — the same stumbling blocks remain. All of them will talk to your smartphone, but most of them won’t talk to each other.

To get the most Jetsons-like experience from your smart home, different devices need to speak the same language. If you want your smart bed to notice when you are awake, open your smart blinds, tune your smart audio system to Morning Edition, and tell your smart coffee maker to start brewing, all of these devices need to be communicating on the same radio frequency using the same protocols.

At the moment, though, there are more than half a dozen smart home protocols — like Apple Homekit, Samsung’s Smart Things, Google’s Brillo, Lowe’s Iris, and AllJoyn, as well as old standbys like Zigbee and Zwave. And that’s just a partial list.  Cont'd...

CES 16 - CastleOS Presents Industry Leading Voice Controlled Smart Home Hub at 2016 Consumer Electronics Show


Professional-Level Monitoring Features Now Available to Consumers for only $2.99 a Month; Works with Any Connected Device Regardless of Brand or Manufacturer

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