FG High End Appointed As CommandFusion Automation and Control Hardware Distributor in Chile

CommandFusion announce the immediate appointment of FG High End as the exclusive distributor of their automation and control hardware range covering the region of Chile.

Walking on Water: projectiondesign® powers interactive portable 360-degree Igloo experience at La Biennale di Venezia 2013

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HARMAN's Revel Performa3 Loudspeakers Are Now Shipping

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BenQ's Interactive IL420 Touch Display Now Shipping Nationwide

BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations, today announced that it is now shipping its interactive IL420 touch-screen public information display (PID) to customers nationwide.

Can Boosting Cell Signals Boost Your Business?

Much of the demand we see for signal boosters is for commercial buildings that are so well built that the cell signal can't penetrate inside. In most situations, we're able to quickly and easily install these systems with little or no disruption to the daily workflow and without unsightly equipment.

The ZigBee Home Automation Standard

ZigBee was created with the vision of enabling connectivity and sensing and control capability to every day devices. The Internet of Things is now becoming a reality as the growth of devices being connected is largely fueled by low cost, low power, scalable networks in homes and buildings.

Projector System Principles and Practices

Lamp-free projectors are now main stream with brightness up to 6500 lumens and in the long run they will provide a reduced operating cost in terms of lamp replacement and labor as well as power consumption.

Integration of VRV / VRF Air- Conditioning Systems and Home Automation / BMS Controllers

VRV and VRF Air-Conditioning systems are more sophisticated in their control systems incorporating built-in communication, unlike the traditional Central and Split AirConditioning systems that typically incorporate only a basic form of on/off control logic.

Zigbee and the "Really Smart" Home

The Real Smart Home consists of sentrollers - sensors, controllers and actuators like motion sensors, temperature sensors, smoke detectors, humidity sensors, leakage detectors, light sensors, etc., are all connected to the internet. Cloud based apps receive this data and compares it with expected or desired values, and then transmits a signal to the home actuators which control the various systems.

The Next Great Thing: Chasing Innovative Products is a Long, Hard Trek

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Monitoring and programming thermostats in a home can be tedious, in a modern commercial building it's time consuming, and at multiple commercial location the task is nearly daunting.

Monetization of Connected Homes

The purpose of this study is to increase our understanding of new market entrants; rising consumer demand and willingness to pay; potential areas for growth; and select business models used by the industry to optimize revenue.

Guide to Home Automation

Like a remote control, Home Automation can give you the power to control your security system, door locks, lighting and temperature at any time, from anywhere!

Number of global music streaming subscribers will grow almost threefold from 2012 to 2017

New digital audio research from Parks Associates predicts the number of music streaming subscribers worldwide will reach 15 million by 2017, and the number of connected audio products will nearly double between 2013 and 2017.

Some Home Automation Systems Are Rife with Holes, Security Experts Say

A variety of network-controlled home automation devices lack basic security controls, making it possible for attackers to access their sensitive functions, often from the Internet, according to researchers from security firm Trustwave.

Some of these devices are used to control door locks, surveillance cameras, alarm systems, lights and other sensitive systems.

The Trustwave researchers plan to discuss vulnerabilities they discovered in several such products during a presentation Thursday at the Black Hat USA security conference in Las Vegas.

One product analyzed by the Trustwave researchers is called the Insteon Hub and is a network-enabled device that can control light bulbs, wall switches, outlets, thermostats, wireless Internet Protocol (IP) cameras and more.

"When you first set up the Insteon Hub, you're asked to set up port forwarding from the Internet to the device, so basically you're opening up access to it to anybody from the Internet," said David Bryan, a Trustwave researcher who reviewed the device after buying one to use in his house.

The Insteon Hub can be controlled from a smartphone application that sends commands to it over the local network or the Internet, he said.

When inspecting the traffic coming from his phone over the Internet and into the Insteon Hub, Bryan discovered that no authentication and no encryption was being used. Furthermore, there was no option to enable authentication for the Web service running on the Insteon Hub that receives commands, he said.

"This meant that anybody could have turned off my lights, turned on and off my thermostat, changed settings or [done] all sorts of things that I would expect to require some sort of authorization," Bryan said.

Attackers could use Google or the SHODAN search engine, or could perform port scans, to locate Insteon Hub devices connected to the Internet, Bryan said.

Insteon, the company in Irvine, California, that manufactures the device, was notified of the issue in December, according to the researcher. A new version of the product that uses basic authentication for the Web service was released in March, he said.

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