Inside Tim Cook's Apple HomeKit-equipped smart home

Neil Hughes for AppleInsider:  During his company's quarterly earnings conference call on Tuesday, Cook revealed to analysts and the media that he has integrated HomeKit products, and the iOS 10 Home app, into his home routine. "This level of home automation was unimaginable just a few years ago, and it's here today with iOS and HomeKit," he said. While Cook didn't single out any accessories or products in detailing his routine, Apple's secure authentication for HomeKit gives the company strict control over approved accessories, providing consumers with a relatively small set of options. As of the end of 2016, there were about 100 HomeKit-compatible products available. As such, we can likely narrow down the HomeKit accessories Cook is using in his own home. Here are our recommendations on how you can get a HomeKit experience on par with the head of Apple.  Cont'd...

ELK'S AWARD WINNING IP/CELLULAR ALARM COMMUNICATOR NOW AVAILABLE IN CDMA VERSION

After a successful launch of their GSM Dual-Path Alarm Communicator for areas covered by AT&T, T-Mobile, and Rogers Canada cellular networks, ELK is releasing the ELK-C1M1CDMA Dual-Path Alarm Communicator which supports CDMA cellular for areas covered by the Verizon cellular network.

ELK PARTNERS WITH OPTEX TO OFFER TWO-WAY WIRELESS OUTDOOR MOTION SENSOR

ELK Products, Inc., a manufacturer of professional security and automation solutions, has partnered with Optex, Inc., a global provider of passive and active infrared technology, to create the ELK-6032 Two-Way Wireless Outdoor PIR Motion Sensor. The ELK-6032 combines the newest Optex VXI-R with ELK's Two-Way Wireless technology for M1 Controls, providing stable and dependable detection in outdoor environments with secure and reliable wireless communications.

DIY Flexible Home Security with Powerful Smart Home Engine: Meet abode

abode is a DIY security system with all the smart home features you'd want built in with a robust home automation platform and ecosystem of devices that exceed the professionally installed and monitored systems on the market.

NuBryte Unveils Amazon Alexa Skill for Voice-Enabled Lighting Automation

All-in-One NuBryte is your instant smart home - now with voice control!

AMAZON TO HOST EXCLUSIVE CEDIA EVENT ON MASTERING VOICE CONTROL IN THE HOME

Leading Amazon experts will delve into the Amazon Alexa platform, explore how it integrates into the connected home and how to use the platform in individual smart home installations.

Control4 is First to add Cloud-Based Management for Connected Homes to High-Performance Routers

Control4 Corporation, a leading global provider of connected home solutions, announces the release and immediate worldwide availability of BakPak on Pakedge RK-1 Routers. A first for the industry, the integration of the latest release of BakPak management software with the router enables Control4 dealers to offer more homeowners the benefits of a monitored, intelligent home network.  BakPak proactively manages both the IP network and smart home devices, delivering real-time visibility of network health, allowing diagnostics and troubleshooting before problems happen to mitigate downtime, service calls, and unhappy customers. Now integrated with the ubiquitous network device, the router, Control4 is arming its dealers with a more robust tool to help them manage their customers' systems remotely.   Full Press Release:  

IoT and Internal Big Data Protection

-Billions of connected devices, endless opportunities for data theft -Protecting data inside the corporate perimeter

Control4 is First to add Cloud-Based Management for Connected Homes to High-Performance Routers

With BakPak release, Control4 aims to make remote network management within reach for every connected home

Control4 Expands Smart Lighting Line to Drive Retrofit Opportunities Worldwide

New Control4 Square Dual Load Wireless dimmer, switch, and keypad feature square form-factor for compatibility in over 20 countries worldwide.

LynTec Solves the Digital Audio System Startup Problem

Market-Leading RPC Panels Now Offer Customized Circuit-Level Sequencing Setup

36,000-Square-Foot South Africa Residence Receives Smart Home Treatment with ELAN Control and Niles Audio

With 31 zones of audio, 33 zones of security, 12 TVs and 15 wireless access points, this home installation rivals commercial automation systems.

Unilectric Introduces Smart Home Technology at Distributech 2017 -- Unilectric Energy Controller (UEC) Monitors and Manages Power at the Circuit Level

UEC Gives Insights into Energy Consumption, Safety, and Security -- Automated Demand Response (ADR) Capabilities Help Reduce Peak Loads

CEDIA Announces 2017 Executive Committee and Appointed Directors

The CEDIA Board of Directors approved the 2017 Executive Committee and appointed directors at last week's Board Meeting held at CEDIA Headquarters in Indianapolis, IN.

Powerley Unveils Energy-Driven Smart Home Experience

Powerley, the utility-led smart home technology pioneer, today introduced the next generation of its platform at DistribuTECH. Initially launched in 2015, Powerley’s new platform is the first and only smart home solution to provide real-time energy usage data while offering the full functionality of an automated home in one interface. “With our new introduction, Powerley is realizing the vision of connecting the smart grid to the smart home – addressing utility needs for energy efficiency, peak load management and customer loyalty while unlocking revenue streams from the smart home,” said Manoj Kumar, CEO of Powerley. “We believe that utilities are best positioned as the trusted channel to proliferate the smart home and with our new release we have put them in the driver’s seat.” Working with leading energy companies DTE Energy, AEP Ohio and BC Hydro among others, Powerley is now available to over 5 million households. This latest evolution of Powerley’s platform builds upon the company’s leadership in energy management – enabling energy utilities to drive energy efficiency and customer engagement while also building new connected revenue streams.   Full Press Release:

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Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Smart Bulbs are out there and they can do far more then just provide light. Speakers, projectors, wi-fi extenders and more. The standard light socket that is wired up and ready to go in nearly every home in North America is now providing an easy and affordable option for home owners and renters alike to enter into the world of the "Smart Home". Here is a look at some of the Smart Bulbs and Smart Lighting options out there, and this list is just the beginning. In this ongoing article we hope to continue to add to and grow this list, so stay tuned!