Icontrol Networks Expands into Australia with Telstra Partnership

Icontrol powers the newly-announced Telstra Smart Home platform

Is DIY smart home tech hobbled by poor app functionality?

Cate Lawrence for ReadWrite:  In Argus Insights’ newest “Smart Home 360” report, it’s clear there’s a strong distinction between consumer perception of the apps associated with the most popular Smart Home Service Providers and MSOs (Multiple System Operators) and the apps coming with Do It Yourself (DIY) devices.

Argus Insights found that — from over 56,000 app and device reviews — ADT andSuddenlink are the least liked of MSOs and service providers and their associated apps saw a drop in both the tone and volume of feedback over the last month, an indication that frustrated users could be moving to other providers.

This is consistent with previous research that demonstrates a high degree of satisfaction by customers in DIFM (“Do it for me”) installations.

However, Vivint’s Sky app, Cox Communications Homelife app, Xfinity Home app and Alarm.com app all trended up — an impact of both new releases and subscriber growth.  Cont'd...

ELAN Helps Modernize 1920s Lake Michigan Cottage With Centralized A/V Ecosystem

"Allegretti Architects did a walk through of one of our homes where they were introduced to the ELAN control system," Buday's Home Electronics Simplified owner Ed Buday explained. "For this project, I knew that we were going to do something similar, and after speaking with the homeowner about his goals for the technology, we decided to tie everything together through the ELAN system."

iSmartAlarm Smart Home Security System and Camera Now Available in all Best Buy Stores in the United States

iSmart Alarm, Inc. announced the expansion of their smart home security products to all Best Buy stores in the United States. Best Buy offers the Best Buy-exclusive iSmartAlarm Home Security System Plus Package, the iCamera KEEP HD Home Security Camera, and additional accessories in the Connected Home section.

How to Invest in Smart Home Technology

Greg Miller, Senior Analyst for Wall Street Daily:  Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve discussed the promises and perils of the Smart Home, as well as why this segment is on the cusp ofbreaking into the mainstream.  Naturally, it’s time to ask: “How can I profit from this?”

Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer.  Ideally, there would be one or two tickers predicted to soar from the rising Smart Home trend, but there isn’t such a company out there yet.  However, there are still ways to participate in the upcoming boom.  It will require some creativity and careful investing, specifically in companies with small current exposure to the area.  Here are some guidelines for investing in the Smart Home – and for avoiding expensive mistakes.  Cont'd...

Christie sponsors North Carolina State University's Code+Art contest

Christie sponsors a student data visualization artwork contest for the second year in a row.

InfoComm - VIA Campus Wins Most Innovative Collaboration Product Award at InfoComm 2016

The Solution Offers Easy Wireless Connectivity, Advanced Presentation Capabilities and a Comprehensive Set of User-Friendly Collaboration Features

The Stephenz Group Launches MyStudio[Pros], a New Division to Help Independent Home Security Dealers Differentiate Themselves in the Growing Smart Home Automation Market

Agency transforms marketing services for independent security dealers.

Comcast and Alarm.com to acquire smart home company Icontrol

Harrison Weber for VentureBeat:  Comcast and security company Alarm.com have entered into agreements to acquire and divvy up Icontrol, an 11-year-old Internet of Things and home security company founded in Palo Alto and now based in Austin, Texas.

Comcast previously invested an undisclosed sum into Icontrol and relies on the company’s tech to power parts of its connected home and home security platform.

In this multi-part deal, Comcast says it’s buying Icontrol’s Converge platform and wholesale business, which “powers the Xfinity Home touch-screen panel and back-end servers, allowing them to communicate with and manage security sensors in the home, as well as supporting home-automation devices like cameras and thermostat.”  Cont'd...

New eSentire Security Awareness Training Combines Microlearning and Gamification with Leading Knowledge-Building Platform

eSentire Training Day Changes the Way Modern Employees Learn about Cybersecurity

Kramer's Dave Bright Accepts InfoComm's Mackey Barron Distinguished Achievement Award

Kramer Electronics is thrilled to share that InfoComm International has named their very own, Dave Bright, the winner of the 2016 Mackey Barron Distinguished Achievement Award.

DMP is Now Shipping the XTLplus™ Wireless Control Panel

DMP's newest panel smartens its capabilities with more zones, dual communication, cellular and Wi-Fi, and built-in Z-Wave Plus™

ZeeVee Expands its Distributor Network in France with FVS

Boston, June 21, 2016, ZeeVee, Inc. (Zv) a global manufacturer of video and signal distribution technology, announced today it has added FVS as a distributor of its SD-HD RF products, and HD/Ultra-HD/4K over IP video distribution solutions in France.

Kickstarter - Immersive Audio System Featuring Patented Audio Technology Launches on Kickstarter for Under $300

Outfitted with patented Sonic Vortex® technology, K.I.S.S. AV powered on-wall speakers + wireless powered subwoofer are easy-to-install and fill any room with deep bass and enhanced audio

Smart Home Leader NexiaTM Integrates with Amazon Echo to Enable Hands-Free Whole-Home Automation

Simple voice commands control Nexia-certified devices throughout the home

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GreenPeak’s GP565 – ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

GreenPeak's GP565 - ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

The GP565 Smart Home RF chip for remote controls supports voice control, motion sensing and the new ZRC 2.0 protocol. The GP565 is optimized for advanced & low cost ZigBee RF4CE remote controls. • 120k or 248k Flash (8k or 16k RAM) memory • 40-pin footprint to support a keyboard scanner interface or other IO interfaces required for remote controls. • Reduced current consumption and improved receiver sensitivity and output power • Patented Antenna Diversity technology enables superior range and WiFi/Bluetooth interference rejection