OPPLE Lighting Partners With Huawei on Smart Home

By establishing smart home system with cutting-edge technologies, the agreement opened up a new chapter of cross-boundary cooperation at strategic level for both sides. Mr. Wang Yaohai, Opple board director, Ms. Ma Xiuhui, Opple president and Mr. Shao Yang, CSO of Huawei Consumer Business Group were present to witness the important moment that would shape the future.

Genetec Inc. Announces Technology Collaboration with Allegion

Genetec™ Synergis Access Control to Support Schlage® AD 300 and 400 Series Locks from Allegion™

Smart-Home Suppliers Grow Selections & Connections

Joseph Palenchar for TWICE:  Smart-home suppliers are positioning themselves to get the most out of the market’s growth potential by expanding system capabilities, entering new niches and expanding their product selections.

Companies are also making their products more attractive to consumers by making them interoperable with other suppliers’ products.

The growth potential was underscored by a Parks Associates survey that found almost 20 percent of U.S. broadband households own at least one smart-home device, and a lot more consumers want them. About 49 percent of all broadband households plan to buy a smart-home product in the next 12 months, Parks found. Among consumers who own a security system, that percentage jumps to 65 percent.

“Security households, rather than being content with their current system, have a proclivity to add more smart features to their home,” said Parks president Stuart Sikes.

Here’s what suppliers are doing to leverage demand:  Full Article:

Dual Slide LCD Rackmount Keyboard Drawer Features Full HD Monitor with Font USB Port Design for Easy Data Access

17.3 inch monitor with keyboard and touchpad in a 1U high 22.44 inch depth rackmount drawer incorporates 1920 x 1080 LCD LED panel, 106-keys keyboard with touch pad, VGA input, and 110 to 240V AC power input.

VITEC Introduces Hardware-Based 4K Encoder With HEVC Compression Technology

VITEC, a worldwide leader in advanced video encoding and streaming solutions, today announced the new 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) HEVC real-time hardware-based encoder for IPTV, broadcast, and point-to-point distribution at the 2016 NAB Show. With the MGW Vision, VITEC integrates UHD resolution with its high-quality, low-latency hardware-based HEVC/H.265 compression and streaming technology.

Broadcast Technology Innovators Team Up for Live Demonstrations of ATSC 3.0 End-to-End Workflows at the 2016 NAB Show

At the 2016 NAB Show, Digital Alert Systems, Dolby(R), GatesAir, Harmonic, LG Electronics, Triveni Digital, and Zenith are teaming up to demonstrate live end-to-end ATSC 3.0 workflows for a range of the broadcast capabilities such as 4K and high dynamic range (HDR). Multiple programs of live and prerecorded streams will be displayed in 4K resolution with HDR, delivered at a frame rate of 60 fps along with next-generation audio. The demonstrations will be the first time that broadcasters can observe eight of the nine core ATSC 3.0 technologies being standardized to provide advanced electronic programming/service guides (EPG/ESG), intelligent HDR to standard dynamic range (SDR) conversion for legacy DTV, and other new services and media types supported by the next-generation broadcast television system.

Feature Story News Streams Video of Historic U.S. Presidential Visit to Cuba Worldwide With VITEC Solution

VITEC, a worldwide leader in advanced video encoding and streaming solutions, today announced that independent news broadcast agency Feature Story News (FSN) deployed VITEC's MGW Ace encoder and MGW D265 decoder to stream live footage of President Barack Obama's monumental visit to Cuba. The footage was streamed live to the news agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C., and to the master control rooms of its global clients including those located in Turkey, South Africa, China, the United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. With 100-percent hardware-based HEVC compression, MGW Ace enabled the news agency to stream broadcast-quality 1080i video with up to 50-percent bandwidth savings compared to its existing H.264 equipment.

Upcoming Tradeshow, Conference & Exhibition Summary - May & June 2016

Here is a summary of what Tradeshows, Conferences & Exhibitions to look forward to in the coming months.

Get ready for robotics: First ever UK Robotics Week

Opportunities for all ages, nationwide - including public lectures, open labs, hackathons, challenges, and state-of-the-art robotics showcase

Qorvo® to Acquire IoT Solution Provider GreenPeak Technologies

Adds ultra-low power, short range wireless connected home and IoT offerings to its expanding RF portfolio

Vimtag's New Line Of Remote Home Monitoring Cameras Bringing Unique Benefits To Homeowners

Vimtag's home monitoring cameras allow users to see what is happening inside the house from any computer, smartphone, or tablet, no matter where they are in the world.

Daintree Networks And OSRAM SYLVANIA Team For Open Standard Wireless Lighting Control

OSRAM Connected Lighting Module (CLM) is Daintree Networks' ControlScope and ZigBee Home Automation Certified

What happens in Zoe stays in Zoe - the privacy-oriented smart home hub

Christian de Looper for DigitalTrends:  The concept of the smart home is well and truly taking off, however there are a few things still holding it back. The smart home hub, for example, is still finding its place — we’ve seen the TV and other devices used used as a hub, but no market consensus has been reached. Not only that, but the more privacy-conscious among us are concerned about the fact that smarthome hubs are constantly beaming your own personal data to and from the cloud.

Zoe, from a company called Protonet, is aimed at changing that.

Zoe is designed to serve as the center for your smart home. The hub itself bears a simple design that can be customized to fit your décor. It is also aimed at being able to connect to every smart home product you might buy, supporting Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave, and even devices that connect through the cloud.  Cont'd...

Teaako raises $1.8M for smart-home light switches

Taylor Soper for GeekWire:  Seattle-based Deako has raised $1.8 million to help fuel growth of its smart-home light switch product.
The 15-person company raised the fresh cash from a mix of angel investors and micro-VCs, and has reeled in $3.3 million to date. It develops simple switches that let people control lights in their house by either touch or a smartphone app.

Deako’s customers are not home-buyers but rather home-builders and their electricians, who install the product in new homes.

“It’s difficult for people to swap out their existing bulbs,” Deako CEO and co-founder Derek Richardson told GeekWire. “We thought it would be best if a home or apartment already has our product when they move in. Our vision is that everyone should be able to benefit from a smart-home, and the best way to do that is for products to be pre-installed when you move in.”  

Richardson said the idea to launch Deako about one year ago came about after he bought a new house and needed to swap out the light switches. He did research around in-home smart lighting and “everything was ugly, expensive, and complicated.”  Cont'd...

Revolabs Given 5-Star Rating in CRN's 2016 Partner Program Guide

Revolabs, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation, announced today that CRN(R), a brand of The Channel Company, has given Revolabs a 5 Star rating in its 2016 Partner Program Guide. This annual guide is the definitive listing of technology vendors that service solution providers or offer products through the IT channel. The 5-Star Partner Program Guide rating recognizes an elite subset of companies that provide the best partnering elements in their channel programs.

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