The new Echo Dot gives Amazon the top spot in the smart home market

BI Intelligence:  Amazon announced the upcoming release of the second-generation Echo Dot, the smaller version of its popular Echo voice controlled speaker. The new device will be available starting on October 20and can currently be pre-ordered. The company also announced it would be lowering the price, selling Dots in packages of six or 12, expanding into new markets, and will be offering a white version. These four announcements will help Amazon drastically increase its total addressable market for the Echo line of products:   Click here for more...

CEDIA - Can the Smart Tech Industry Convince Consumers to Take the Smart Home Leap

Home building expert, Sabine H. Schoenberg, offers insights to the smart home tech industry at CEDIA 2016 in Dallas, TX

CEDIA - Ilumi Solutions and Optoma Demonstrate World's First IoT Projector and Lighting Integration

ilumi MeshTek technology enables Bluetooth® lighting integration with home theater projector - with just an app

Will Hackers Outsmart the Smart Home? Why Security Needs to Happen at the Design Level

ABI Research:  The advent of home automation and rapid rise of smart home connected devices is seeing some vendors and new startups scramble to become a part of the movement, with ABI Research forecasting 360 million smart home device shipments by 2020. But many companies are leaving major security flaws in the wake of their hurried attempts to penetrate the market, producing products riddled with bugs and unpatched vulnerabilities. Ignoring cybersecurity at the design level provides a wide open door for malicious threat actors to exploit smart home products. “We see an alarming increase in ransomware in smart TVs and IP cameras, code injection attacks, evidence of zero-day threats, and password eavesdropping for smart locks and connected devices,” says Dimitrios Pavlakis, Industry Analyst at ABI Research. “The current state of security in the smart home ecosystem is woefully inadequate. Smart home device vendors need to start implementing cybersecurity mechanisms at the design stage of their products.” Numerous attack vectors have been identified in popular smart home communication protocols, such as ZigBee, Z-Wave, and Wi-Fi. Many companies are creating and selling easy-to-tamper smart locking systems, easy-to-hack sensor systems, and products that host a plethora of software vulnerabilities.  Cont'd...

CEDIA Casts Global Vision for the Future of the Association

KVMSwitchTech's Rackmount Monitors - The next big thing in Tech Town

Is your server room too cluttered? Need more shelf space in the Server Rack? Rackmount Monitor Keyboard in a 1U drawer is what you need.

CEDIA - Z-Wave Alliance Welcomes Smart Home Leader Control4 to its Membership

One of the largest whole home automation companies, Control4 offers a new Z-Wave bridge device for connectivity to smart home sensors and outlets modules.

CEDIA - ELAN Debuts Major Software Update, Including Amazon Echo Integration

"The new ELAN software update allows custom installers to integrate more devices into the system than ever before," said Tom McKeon, Core Brands Software Product Manager. "As the connected home market expands, so too does ELAN's capability to serve as the primary controller for every residential project. This new software reinforces the fact that ELAN is, and will continue to be, the most intuitive control hub for any smart home."

CEDIA - FIBARO Highlights New Suite of Lighting Control Micro Modules with Energy Management Dashboard at CEDIA 2016

Both featuring smart power monitoring, Dimmer 2 turns any light switch into a smart device and Switch 2 activates and deactivates electrical devices.

CEDIA - Savant Expands Smart Home Ecosystem with Nest and iPort Partnerships

Also Announces Innovative New Features with Sonos in Latest Apps

CEDIA - Jaymar is raising the Luxury Seating Home Theater experience with Virtual Reality, Racing simulation and D-BOX motion enabled seating at CEDIA Expo 2016.

Jaymar Furniture partners with D-BOX Technologies, DepthQ and VRX Simulators to deliver the Full immersive experience, Booth 6400 Jaymar is once again proud to exhibit at the 2016 CEDIA Expo in Dallas, Texas. During this worldwide exhibition held at the Kay Bailey Convention Center, Jaymar is proud to introduce the latest and most important technologies and features that consumers can enjoy from the comfort of their seats.

CEDIA - Control4 Extends Leadership in the Connected Home at CEDIA 2016

Control4 rolls out OS 2.9, Bakpak 4.0, and new integrations with Amazon Alexa, Comcast, Lutron, Somfy, and Sonos-all to enhance the customer experience and drive business opportunities for Control4 and Pakedge Authorized Dealers.

Yamaha to Expand Integration with Control4 and RTI Home-Automation Systems through Addition of MusicCast Control

Development demonstrates the commitment by Yamaha to custom integrators, enabling them to design home-control solutions that access the full array of MusicCast sources and multiroom streaming capabilities.

Vivitar Introduces A Smart Home Kit Perfect For The DIY Homeowner or Renter

With Simple, One-Step Installation Control Lighting, Electric Usage, and Monitor From Anywhere in the World

Performance Plus Marketing announces their partnership with Portal by SupplyStream.

This partnership provides Performance Plus dealers with the industry's best-in-class ordering portal and allows Performance Plus dealers to access real-time pricing and availability, combined with extremely efficient order processing for all of their lines.

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GreenPeak’s GP565 – ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

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