Z-Wave smart-home gadgets announce new IoT security standards

Ry Crist for CNet:  Less than a month ago, hackers took control of an ocean of unsecured connected home devices, then essentially crashed the entire internet by using them to flood the web's largest internet management company with bogus traffic. Now, the makers of smart gadgets that communicate using Z-Wave are ratcheting up their security standards to help reassure consumers that their products don't come with glaring vulnerabilities. "No one can afford to sit on their hands and wait," says Mitchell Klein, executive director of the Z-Wave Alliance. "Consumers deserve IoT devices in their home to have the strongest levels of security possible. IoT smart home technologies that don't act will be left behind." The new standards are called the "Security 2" framework, or S2 for short. Aside from shoring up encryption standards for transmissions between sensors, cameras, and thermostats that broadcast using Z-Wave, S2 also mandates new pairing procedures for each device -- namely, unique PIN or QR codes on the devices themselves.   Cont'd...

Lowe's "SmartSpot Powered By b8ta" Asks, How Smart Is Your Home

Home improvement retailer and specialized software-powered technology retailer collaborate to simplify the smart home shopping experience

IU leads $1 million NSF-funded smart-home effort to advance health and independence in older adults

Indiana University Bloomington:  As part of a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, Indiana University has received over $670,000 to establish "HomeSHARE," the first networked system of smart homes designed to advance research on older adults. The funds from the NSF's Computing Research Infrastructure Program will support the installation of high-tech sensors and other equipment in the homes of 15 elderly volunteers throughout the city of Bloomington. The project is an effort to improve the quality of life of elders through the unobtrusive collection of high-quality research data. "As far as we're aware, this is the first large-scale research infrastructure project focused on smart homes," said Kay Connelly, an associate professor in the IU School of Informatics and Computing, who is the leader on the grant. "Typically, research infrastructure awards help maintain complex systems like supercomputers, or the purchase of advanced equipment. In this case, we’re looking to generate research data from people who enroll in a long-term study."   Cont'd...

PureLink Improves HD Media Player Product in PureStream Line

Company's MPX100 II Offers Faster Processor and Additional Features and Still Includes Free Program/Presentation Management Software

Crestron Introduces Blazing Fast New Generation of TSW Touch Screens

Now shipping TSW-560, TSW-760, and TSW-1060, delivering unprecedented touch screen performance home automation.

CABA Launches Connected Multi-Dwelling Units (MDUs) and Internet of Things (IoT) Study

The Continental Automated Buildings Association, through its Connected Home Council, has launched a collaborative research study entitled "Connected Multi-Dwelling Units (MDUs) and Internet of Things (IoT)".

Z-Wave Alliance Announces New Security Requirements for All Z-Wave Certified IoT Devices

The Alliance Board of Directors has voted to mandate all devices receiving Z-Wave Certification after April 2nd, 2017 to include new advanced Security 2 (S2) framework

Smart Homes Market - Residential Automation Advances To Give Full Access To Your Home From Any Remote Location

Global smart homes market is driven by ageing population, government initiatives, and the inclusion of top electronics brands like Apple and Samsung into the picture; smart homes market report examines the scenario with the aid of detailed overviews and key market statistic

TiO Partners with LifeStyle Homes and Indian River Sight and Sound

Melbourne-area homes set to feature home automation solutions from TiO

August Home Delivers Doorbell Cam Video Recording With Six Months Free Service Promotion

Review Interactions at the Front Door and Replay Video Recordings of Missed Visitors or Deliveries through the August App

Researchers' Belkin Home Automation Hacks Show IoT Risks

Mathew J. Schwartz for BankInfoSecurity:  As if the internet of things didn't seem secure enough, now we have to worry about apps on our smartphones posing a risk too. That's just one of the takeaways from the discovery of two zero-day vulnerabilities and one hardware-bypass flaw - now patched - in Belkin's WeMo line of home automation products. The flaws, and how to exploit them, were demonstrated Nov. 4 at Black Hat Europe by two researchers from endpoint security software firm Invincea, in a presentation titled: Breaking Bhad: Abusing Belkin Home Automation Devices. Belkin bills its WeMo apps as being "designed to address simple automation needs without the hassle or expense of whole home automation." Compatible products include everything from "smart" LED light bulbs, power switches and baby video monitors to coffeemakers, slow cookers and heating controls. In November 2015, Belkin reported that 2.5 million devices using their technology were in the market.   Cont'd...

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PRIMEVIEW SECURITY PRODUCTS TO UNVEIL INTEGRATED WORKFLOW SOLUTIONS AT ISC EAST IN NYC

Leading NYC security rep firm brings their integrated security solutions at booth #574 at this year's premier security show in the heart of the Northeast

Facebook Messenger, iMessage, and Snapchat are top three messaging apps

SoLoMo app usage in other categories, such as food delivery services, is disrupting traditional services

Adventure Park Designer Brings the Excitement Home with Indoor Aerial Sport Obstacle Gym Controlled by ELAN

This 13,000-square foot, 1.2 acre mountainside home was recently showcased in the Utah Valley Parade of Homes

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