Z-Wave Tackles IoT Security, Consumer Education as Ecosystem Hits New Milestones

With a year of steady growth, new partnerships, a new online consumer education initiative and augmented security for Z-Wave IoT devices, the Z-Wave Alliance announces year-end milestones. Since the beginning of 2015, the Z-Wave ecosystem has seen almost 100 new member companies, the addition of 250 certified devices and another 15 million smart home devices shipped into the marketplace.

CES 2016: LG And Samsung battle for smart home leadership

By ROB ENDERLE for TechSpective:  LG and Samsung are planning to do battle for control of your home at CES. Samsung is bringing its acquired SmartThings technology to TVs to provide a central hub from which your home can be controlled. LG just announced it is going to showcase its Smarthome Hub at CES as well. Each idea has its merits and problems, but I think LG is closer to what we initially need than Samsung is. Let me explain.

Right now the concept of the Smart Home is a mess and it has been a mess ever since X10 went to that technology graveyard in the sky. We have a bunch of warring “standards” that don’t interoperate, mixed conformance with the standards that do exist, and the end result is that when you buy into a smart home solution, chances are you will be creating an insane stupid house that constantly doesn’t do what you paid a ton of money to get it to do.

Currently we have 4 major legacy smart home platforms: X-10 which started it all back in the 1970s but is mostly gone today, ZigBee and Z Wave which are alliances, and Insteon which is tied directly to one company. Recently a 5th joined this group called Alljoyn which was created by Qualcomm the most powerful player in the smartphone world. With smartphones becoming the most likely controller for the new smart home, there was a chance that this alliance could do what the others had not–create something that actually works.  Cont'd...

AVAD Spreads Holiday Cheer through Inaugural Gift Drive

Big Brothers Big Sisters children across North America benefit from the success of Distribute a Smile

CES 16 - Parks Associates Examines Consumer Concerns regarding Data Privacy and Device Security at CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES 2016

Verimatrix, Intel Security, NXP Semiconductors, Facebook, Zubie, and Cisco Participate in "Personalization and Big Data: Securing Consumer Privacy" Session, January 6

CES 16 - Essence Partners with GetSafe to Bring WeR@Home™ to U.S. Consumers

Smart Living Solution to be presented at CES 2016 in Las Vegas after the New Year

CES 16 - Nortek Security & Control Unveils New Smart Home Safety Devices at CES 2016

New GoControl safety devices add enhanced layer of home protection: new glass break sensor receives audible noise; and new sensors detect motion, temperature, humidity and light.

CES 16 - Tyco Security Products Brings Connected Home Solutions to CES 2016 Premiere

In its debut at CES, Tyco Security Products will showcase its smart home solutions

5 Ways Smart Home Gadgets Can Leave You Vulnerable

Jess Bolluyt for CheatSheet:  All kinds of creative tech companies, large and small, are building interesting smart home devices. While they promise to make your house or apartment smarter, more energy-efficient, and more closely tailored to your needs and preferences, they have a few drawbacks, most notably that many of them aren’t as secure as you’d hope.

As Bitdefender recently noted in a post for Mashable, users want exciting tech products on fast timelines, which leaves designers and developers scrambling to offer ever-more-capable devices on shortening development cycles. That “rush to market” can result in poorly-constructed software, and unfortunately, the first thing to go is often proper consideration for security. Devices from smart TVs to thermostats to routers have all been found to neglect basic security measures. While we’re just as excited about the prospect of using technology to make our homes smarter and more capable, it’s important to be aware of the ways that Internet of Things devices can compromise your security.  Cont'd...

One-Third Of Homes Primed For Smart-Home Technology

By: Joseph Palenchar for Twice:  Smart-home technology is used by 21 percent of all U.S. households, and another 36 percent are viable future customers, a Strategy Analytics analysis concluded.

The research and consulting company also surveyed online households about what they’d be willing to pay for and found the list topped by devices that allow for remote or automatic water shut-off if a leak is detected. That’s followed by devices that automatically adjust lights and thermostats based on who is home, a panic-button feature that turns on all lights in the house, remote monitoring and control of door locks, and motion-sensing camera s with visual notification.  Cont'd...


Power2U Honored for Innovation in Internet of Things & Advancing the Smart Home

Control4 Announces New Consumer Financing Options to Its US Dealer Network

Through a partnership with GreenSky®, consumer financing options are now available for Smart Home projects through participating Control4 dealers

Home Automation Protocols: What Technology is Right for You?

From ElectronicHouse:  There are a wide variety of technology platforms, or protocols, on which a smart home can be built. Each one is, essentially, its own language. Each language speaks to the various connected devices and instructs them to perform a function.

Choosing a smart home protocol can be tricky business. Obviously, you want one that will support a large number of devices, as well as one that offers the best possible device interoperability (the ability for devices to talk to each other). But there are also other factors to consider, such as power consumption, bandwidth and, of course, cost.

Following is an overview of some of the most popular home technology platforms on the market. While not intended to be the “be-all, end-all” treatise on which protocol is best for your smart home project, it’s a great place to start.  Cont'd...

Parks Associates: Consumer concerns for malware and identity theft to help drive next stage in tech support service

Support.com, Radialpoint, F-Secure, Ihiji, and Sutherland Global Services address IT strategies in smart home

Leviton Debuts Apple Watch® Support for Snap-Link Mobile

Mobile application offers comprehensive home and business control from compatible iOS devices including modern iPad®, iPod Touch®, iPhone® and Apple Watch

Kickstarter - iSmart Alarm, Inc. Launches First Campaign on Kickstarter

Spot, the Coolest HD Smart Home Camera EVER

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Yale Real Living™ Assure Lock™ with Bluetooth

Yale Real Living™ Assure Lock™ with Bluetooth

The new Yale Real Living™ Assure Lock™ with Bluetooth replaces conventional keys with digital keys accessed through the Yale Digital Keys app for Android and iOS mobile devices, and through an app for the new Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch. The Yale app allows homeowners to unlock doors, send keys to others, control when others have access, get a message when someone enters, and revoke a digital key at any time. Unlocking the deadbolt couldn't be simpler, whether using the Samsung Gear S2 or a smartphone. With the new Samsung Gear S2, touch the watch app to activate the digital key, then touch the lock screen to unlock the deadbolt. With a smartphone, Yale's "Twist and Go" technology allows the user to hold the phone vertically when approaching the door, then twist it 90 degrees to unlock the deadbolt. Homeowners can also unlock the deadbolt using its capacitive touchscreen and a four- to eight-digit code.