Smart homes still overpriced, undersold and misunderstood says Beecham Research

New report says that a lack of awareness and knowledge of smart home products and their benefits is holding back market growth but still predicts healthy revenues

D-TOOLS DESIGN AWARD WINNERS AND FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

Stunning electronic system design projects specified using D-Tools System Integrator platform showcases scale & scope of software as well as the innovation of its users

Middle Atlantic Celebrates AV Month With Robust Training Lineup

Integrators Can Earn Up to Four CTS, BICSI, or AIA Credits

PowerHouse Alliance Members Kick Off Fall Season with Three Major Events and October Trainings

With three annual events planned and multiple trainings cross-country, PowerHouse Alliance members look forward to an eventful month.

Only 15% of smart watch owners use their watch to make a mobile payment

IoT research firm to present to discuss convergence between wearables and mobile payments at Wearable Technology Show, October 4-5

Step Up Your Smart-Home Security Now

NATHAN OLIVAREZ-GILES for The Wall Street Journal:  Connected cameras and other smart-home devices promise a Jetsons-esque future. But as a recent hijacking of more than 100,000 networked cameras and DVRs demonstrates, they also provide fertile ground for hackers. “You should make the assumption that anything that’s internet accessible is hackable. If it has a camera or a mic built in, it can be taken over,” said Kenneth White, a security researcher and director of the Open Crypto Audit Project, a nonprofit that promotes cybersecurity. To protect yourself, you have to have the right perspective. “You need to take this seriously, but not be afraid of it either,” he said. Once you accept that hacking happens, embrace the security at your disposal. Here are some easy tips to help you step up your smart-home defenses:   Cont'd...

Introducing RATtrap, the world's first subscription free smart firewall for home users

IoT Defense launches RATtrap to protect the consumer Internet of Things (IoT)

Monitronics Begins New Era Of Smart Home Security; Rebrands As "MONI"

New Name Reflects the Company's Evolution as a Smart Home Security Solutions Organization with Faster, More Personalized Offerings

Amazon Will Let the Mailman Unlock and Enter Your Smart Home

Mike Brown for Inverse:  Amazon is trialing a new technology that would allow delivery personnel to enter your smart home unaided, dropping off packages and hopefully not eating any grapes on the way out. It’s all thanks to two startups Amazon is reportedly partnering with two startups: Garageio, which makes smart garage doors, and August Home, which makes smart locks. The companies are working with the retail giant to give consumers the option at the checkout of granting one-time access to the delivery address. A report from The Information, which revealed the initiative, explained that the feature could be useful for people concerned with leaving valuable packages on doorsteps. The service could also cut down on waste packaging, as Amazon could cut down on protection necessary for leaving parcels exposed to the elements. Although it’s not clear at this stage when the service will become widely available, Amazon has conducted a small series of tests in the Seattle area.   Cont'd...

PureLink Expands HDTools Line with UHD Video Switcher & HD Wall Processor Offerings

New HDMI 2.0 4x1 Switch and HD Multi-Format Video Wall Processor Products Aimed at Home Theater and Commercial Markets

What Is the Real Value of IoT?

Technology can be used in many different ways but we continue to be responsible for how we use it. It would be a mistake to ignore how it can help us live better lives: a connected world is a better world.

Leviton Launches VerifEye™ BMO 3.0 Energy Monitoring and Tenant Billing Software and App

End-to-End Energy Efficiency Solution Features Expansion Modules for Code Compliance, Dashboard Reporting, and Tenant Billing

Primitive Industries Announces the First All-Inclusive Light Controller - The Pharaoh

Primitive Industries is excited to introduce their all-inclusive light controller - the Pharaoh. The Pharaoh is the first light controller to offer music synchronization that is universal and affordable to music and entertainment enthusiasts around the world.

CONNECTIONS™ Europe to address impact of voice control on IoT and smart home strategies

11th-annual conference to discuss new use cases in health, insurance, cloud services, and home controls with panelists from Alarm.com, Essence, Icontrol Networks, and MiOS

Amazon Alexa Voice Service Coming Soon To DTS Play-Fi® Whole-Home Wireless Audio Ecosystem

Collaboration with Amazon Expands DTS Play-Fi® Functionality; Firmware Updates to Begin Roll Out in Early 2017

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GreenPeak’s GP565 – ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

GreenPeak's GP565 - ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

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