Why Insurance Companies Want to Subsidize Your Smart Home

Stacey Higginbotham for MIT Technology Review:  Insurers such USAA and American Family have lately begun offering to strike a high-tech bargain: wire your home with Internet-connected devices such as a new thermostat, and get a discount on your home insurance policy in return. Offers like that could speed up the adoption of smart gadgets, revamp the insurance business, and transform how we manage our homes. In the future, your insurer might call a plumber before a pipe bursts, for example. But the data needed to help prevent leaks or burglaries will also introduce new risks, such as vulnerabilities to data loss or ransomware.   Cont'd...

EZVIZ Brings Three New Products to the Smart Home Experience

BRAND NEW 3.0 APP EXPERIENCE & IFTTT INTEGRATION BRING THESE PRODUCTS AND YOUR SMART HOME SEAMLESSLY TOGETHER

One Firefly and SpringDeck Announce Partnership to Offer Streamlined Access to UI University Videos

Technology Integrators Can Now Showcase Content in Real-time

Scott Wallis Joins Current Marketing as Director of Sales

Current Marketing Covers the Arizona, Southern Nevada, New Mexico, and El Paso, Texas Territories

CEDIA Best New Product Award Finalist Datasat Sets Sights on Europe and Delivering an Exceptional Experience at ISE 2017

Datasat RS20i cinema-grade processors deliver an exceptional audio-visual experience around the globe

The UK Just Switched on Its Future Smart Home Power Grid

Mike Brown for Inverse:  The world’s first data transmission over a power grid has been successfully completed, paving the way for a decentralized future where smart houses tell each other how much energy they need. The tests, conducted by Reactive Technologies in the UK, sends data along the 50Hz electricity signal that passes through sub-station transformers that link up the country’s grid. The wires themselves have been used to send data before, but it’s getting through those transformers that’s never been done. “We are keen to support innovative products like this one that can bring a real benefit for customers,” Cordi O’Hara, director of systems operator at National Grid, told The Guardian on Tuesday. “It represents another step forward in the development of the smart grid technologies that are going to play an increasingly important role in the energy systems of the future.”   Cont'd...  

58% of U.S. car owners very concerned about hidden fees for connected car services

Research director to examine connected consumer ecosystems at TU-Automotive West Coast, October 14

Essence Smoothes the Way to Smart Home Adoption with New IFTTT Capabilities and Z-Wave+ Connectivity

Global Smart Home Market Will Hit $130B Annually by 2020

Jetbuilt Launches Enterprise Platform

Added interoffice tools and new features designed for larger businesses

This Startup Wants To Smarten Up Your Smart Home Devices

Blake Montgomery for Buzzfeed:  Today, Thington launches. It’s a smart assistant app that aims to simplify smart home devices. Thington’s distinctive feature? Thington Concierge, a conversational bot that helps you set up and control the smart things you’ve already set up in your home. From weather stations to light switches to security cameras, it supports a range of devices. With its bot messenger interface, Concierge allows you to create rules for your house. You can set your lights to glow fluorescent during the day and incandescent during the night, or to turn on when you get home. Or, for example, you can program your Nest thermostat to lower the heat while you’re sleeping in your cozy bed, and then to raise the temperature before you wake up. And you can add people to a “Guest List” to give them access to your home’s controls when they’re visiting you. These kinds of combinations and features, Thington founders Tom Coates and Matt Biddulph believe, is their product’s competitive edge: It’s more like an assistant with a personality than a remote.   Cont'd...

9 things Google Home can do that Alexa can't

Taylor Martin for CNet:  Google announced its Amazon Echo competitor back at its I/O developer conference in May. Today, it made Google Home official with arelease date and price. It also gave us a closer look at how the company plans to compete with the more established household assistant today, Alexa. While Google has its work cut out in getting broad third-party support that includes other smart-home brands, there is already a healthy list of in-house features Google Home will be capable of out of the gate that Alexa could only hope to add in the future. Here are nine things Google Home can do that Alexa can't.   Cont'd...

PureLink Announces October VPX IP Video Management Software Webinars

Additional Certification Training Sessions on VIP Video over IP Control Server Software Offered

TRXio Announces Enhancements to Inventory Management Software

It's Now easier than ever to place orders and create projects through TRXio

Nearly 35% of U.S. broadband households watch user-generated video online more than 10 days per month

IoT market research firm announces new analysis on the impact of consumer demand for personalized services on OTT services, streaming media, and video production

Blink Charges Into The Future With Amazon Alexa Voice Control Integration

New voice commands lead to seamless control of Blink video home security and monitoring systems

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