IoT alliances collaborate to advance the connected home

Smart Cities World:  Two alliances dedicated to progressing the Internet of Things (IoT) are joining forces to advance the adoption of connected home products. The Thread Group and the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) share many member companies who will benefit from this liaison agreement, and both groups are committed to driving improved cross-application interoperability and device connectivity in the connected home.  A lack of interoperability across common technology areas is consistently highlighted as one of biggest factors preventing the IoT from realising its full potential across the product development spectrum, including silicon, software, platform, and finished-goods. The two organisations will work together to ensure that OCF’s application layer will be fully compatible with Thread’s low-power, secure and scalable IPv6-based wireless mesh network layer.   Cont'd...

Ecobee Emerges as Top Leader in Navigant Research Assessment of Smart Thermostat Vendors, Followed Closely by Nest Labs and Honeywell

Smart thermostat distribution channels are increasing and the importance of software and services is growing, report finds

Video Conferencing on Demand: TrueConf Announces Monthly Subscription Option for TrueConf Server

TrueConf has introduced a new licensing method for the TrueConf Server video conferencing solution. The dedicated server option for closed networks is now available as a subscription with monthly recurrent payments.

August Home Launches First Amazon Alexa Skill to Support Door Locks

Ask Alexa to Lock the Front Door or Check if the Door is Locked From Anywhere in the Home

Nortek Security & Control Joins ZigBee Alliance, Targets MSO Smart Home, Other Emerging IoT Sectors

Nortek Security & Control LLC, a Nortek Company and leader in the security, smart home and wellness technology markets, today announces a number of strategic expansion plans in the wake of the company joining the ZigBee Alliance. The company is announcing plans to develop products that utilize the ZigBee protocol driven by projected growth and key customer demand. This strategic growth plan serves to create a larger ecosystem of compatible devices within Nortek Security & Control's smart home product lines. Full Press Release:

Nortek Security & Control Joins ZigBee Alliance, Targets MSO Smart Home, Other Emerging IoT Sectors

Company to leverage long history of wireless expertise to drive similar success in ZigBee, Thread, OCF and other protocol ecosystems

Smart Home Monitoring Robot Now Available Worldwide

"Riley," iPATROL's roving camera, watches home or pets, alerting owners when motion is detected

Printed and Chipless RFID Market is forecast to grow with 26.7% CAGR to surpass USD 16 billion by 2023

"Printed and Chipless RFID Market Size By Application (Aviation, Healthcare, Logistics & Transport, Retail), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook (U.S., Canada, UK, Germany, India, China, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, UAE, Saudi Arabia), Application Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2016 - 2023"

CEDIA - D-Tools SI 2016 R2 Now Available

Productivity and performance enhancements to the award-winning D-Tools System Integrator software platform now available

iHome Collaborates With Amazon to Deliver Alexa Voice Integration for Smart Home Simplicity

iHome SmartPlug users can now use their voices to control lighting and appliances

The Thread Group and Open Connectivity Foundation Create Liaison Agreement to Increase Application Connectivity and Choice in Connected Home

Collaboration will help Thread Group and Open Connectivity Foundation members easily design and build products that leverage both technologies

MacKeeper Partners with CUJO to Protect Smart Homes from Cyber Threats

As part of their partnership, MacKeeper's parent company, Kromtech Alliance Corp., and CUJO signed a reseller deal under which MacKeeper will distribute CUJO devices among their customers starting in July 2016.

HoloLens concept lets you control your smart home via augmented reality

By Luke Dormehl for DigitalTrends:  There’s no doubt that device-filled connected smart homes are on the way. The real question is how we’re going to control them. That was the starting point of a nifty proof-of-concept project created by interaction designer Ian Sterling and software engineer Swaroop Pal during a recent HoloLens hackathon in San Francisco. Their augmented reality pitch shows how smart devices could be controlled with glances and gestures — in what Sterling calls a “virtual Zen mode,” complete with calming lights and sounds.   Full Article:

JM Electrical Completes Automation System Installation at Warrior Ice Arena, the Boston Bruins Practice Facility

Massachusetts automation systems experts complete advanced control system and retrofit for project at Boston Landing

RTI's New KX10 In-wall Touchpanel Brings HD Video to the World of Automation

Versatile Interface Combines Extensive Control Options and HD Video Capabilities Into One Device

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