The Architect's Guide to Home Automation

We can only hope that the industry as a whole can understand the importance of the Systems Integrator and the role they MUST play in today's technology filled buildings.

Tesla's Solar Roof Is Finally Ready For You to Buy

Tom Randall for Bloomberg: Elon Musk says orders will begin today. Pricing details have yet to be revealed.

Your Old Smartphone has Found a Second Life as a Security Camera

The next time you are thinking of throwing away that old, well-used phone, think again! It might actually save your home from an attack.

Imaging Gets Personal: 4 surprising ways cameras are having an impact on our lives

One can only imagine where camera technology is heading if autonomous cars and smart fridges are becoming the new norm. What about imaging systems in your clothes, on your skin or on your pets? It's all in the realm of possibility.

Technology Behind the Intel Drone Light Shows

The entire fleet of Intel Shooting Star drones are all controlled by one computer. The fleet size is dependent on the animation needed and can range from hundreds of Intel Shooting Star drones or even more in the future.

Lowe's Launches Professional Monitoring Service For Iris

Lowe's Companies, Inc. today announced the release of a professional monitoring service for the all-inclusive, market-leading price of $14.95 per month for its Iris smart home security system. The new professional monitoring service gives residential customers the ability to have emergency responders dispatched to their homes in the event of a security, smoke, carbon monoxide or panic alarm with no long-term contract required.

Parks Associates: More Than 100 Million U.S. Households Do Not Have a Smart Home Device

VCs and Investors to address IoT investment and growth opportunities at 21st-annual CONNECTIONS Conference, May 23-25 in San Francisco

How to Tell Category Data Cables Apart

The category positively correlates with the data speed. I.E. the higher the category, the higher the possible frequency and the higher the frequency, the higher the possible data rate.

Best Buy Partners with Vivint Smart Home to Launch Leading-Edge Smart Home Service

Best Buy and Vivint Smart Home are partnering to give customers an easy way to automate and manage their homes. With a nationwide rollout beginning this summer, Best Buy customers will be able to visit one of more than 400 stores to interact with Vivint products.

FST Biometrics - A Fusion of Visual Identification Technologies

The list of potential applications is virtually endless and can range from unlocking and operating your car without a key, to gaining access to airport lounges as a member of a frequent flyer club with no physical membership card or ID needed, to gaining access to a smart home with no key and triggering IoT functions in the home upon entry.

Cognitive Automation : Advent of Virtual Workforce

Cognitive Automation (CA) , also known as Intelligent Automation, is a set of AI based technologies including Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing. The core difference between CA and generic RPA is that CA works at a semantic level and tries to understand the underlying data rather than just treating it at a superficial level.

How Storage & Solar will Create Smart Homes of the Future

As more smart home and storage products become available, it is easy to imagine a world where consumers have much more control over how they use their energy.

Comcast's business services revenue surges in Q1;

Larry Dignan for Between the Lines: Comcast's business services revenue surges in Q1; Home automation, security shows promise. The cable and media giant is diversifying via small businesses and smart home businesses.

Smart business models for the connected home

Nick Ismail for Information Age: The era of the smart, connected home is here, and this technological trend will likely define business models for years to come

Smart Home and IoT: Growth, Consumer Trends

Research from Parks Associates shows that while familiarity with smart home products is still low, there is more and more interest from consumers to integrate connected products in the home.

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