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...

Parks Associates: More than 20% of U.S. broadband households plan to buy a smart combination sensor this year

ARM, Qualcomm Life, and Z-Wave to discuss IoT and connected health crossover opportunities at Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers

Comcast Adds New Video Camera and Voice Controls to Smart Home Platform

Xfinity Home's xCam Features Enhanced Wi-Fi Connectivity, Wide-Angle Views, Night Vision; Customers Can Now Access Camera Feeds on the Television with X1 Voice Remote

Control4 Announces Worldwide Expansion of Technical Training Facilities

New and expanded facilities significantly increase training capacity for Control4 certified technicians in Australia, China, Germany, and the United States.

KnowBe4 Has Explosive Year-Over-Year Growth of 454% for Q2 2016

Company sees demand accelerating for its integrated security awareness training and phishing platform

Kingswood Capital Management Completes Acquisition of AVAD

Kingswood Capital Management Acquires AVAD

Parks Associates: More than nine million smart home controllers to be sold in Western Europe in 2020

Nest to deliver opening keynote at 11th-annual CONNECTIONS™ Europe: Smart Home, IoT, and the Connected Consumer

Crestron Opens New Design Showroom in South Florida

Located in the renowned Design Center of the Americas, latest Design Showroom provides real-life environment in which visitors can interact with Crestron technology

Smart Home Products: Only 30% Of Consumers Even Know Where To Get Them

Chuck Martin for IOT Daily:  Some serious marketing dollars may have to be spent just to get consumers aware of smart home products and how to go about getting one. Most consumers don’t know where to turn to buy smart home products or services, that is, if they even know about them. The reality is that smart home devices are relatively new and not likely to be on the average person’s radar until they need or want a particular new or replacement device for their home. And when someone decides they want a so-called smart home device, many don’t know where to turn at that point, based on a new study. Fewer than a third (30%) of households are familiar with where to buy smart home products or services, according the study by Parks Associate And of those, fewer than half (40%) prefer to buy the smart products at retail outlets, particularly home improvement stores. But there still is a gap between stores selling smart products and consumers acquiring them.  Cont'd...

SMARTRG's SMART/OS™ Enables Seamless Connectivity between Ultra-Broadband Services and the Connected Home

SMARTRG's new operating system leverages open, scalable vCPE devices and innovative Wi-Fi solutions

Two New D-Link HD Wi-Fi Cameras Offer Advanced Features at Affordable Prices

mydlink® Wi-Fi Cameras Offer HD Surveillance and Auto Recording for a Low Cost Home Security Solution

Parks Associates: More than 25% of U.S. smartphone owners use payment apps at least once a month

Research firm finds retailer-specific apps more commonly used than both Apple Pay and Android Pay

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Comelit - VIP Kit With Planux Monitor With WIFI/3G/4G Remote APP - 8512IM

Comelit - VIP Kit With Planux Monitor With WIFI/3G/4G Remote APP - 8512IM

The kit allows use of the video entry phone system via a door entry monitor as well as tablets and smartphones on the Wi-Fi network, or remotely on 3G (or higher) networks. The gateway in the pack allows connection of other devices (Comelit VIP door entry monitors or PCs) besides the door entry monitor supplied. In all cases, the gateway should be connected to an ASDL router or another device guaranteeing local Wi-Fi and mobile 3G connectivity. Depending on bandwidth limitations, the gateway can serve up to 15 appliances (including door entry monitors, smartphones, tablets and PCs) with 4 simultaneous door entry monitor streams. It also allows "intercom" communication between all of the 16 devices served. For mobile devices, whenever both modes are available and enabled, the app automatically switches. .