Mari Silbey for LightReading: If the first phase of the smart home is about adding sensors to light bulbs and door locks, the second phase is about collecting and analyzing data to make the smart home even smarter. Icontrol is moving on to the second phase, announcing that it has teamed up with Canadian company mnubo to bring data analytics to its popular smart home platform. There's been no question that analytics will play a large role in connected homes of the future. It's a short leap from telling your home to flip the lights when the front door opens to having the smart home system understand that a door opening means the lights should come on, or that at 6 p.m. the family is headed home and the lights and temperature should be adjusted accordingly. With data collected over time, a machine learning system for the smart home can start to predict user preferences. Icontrol believes it has an advantage in this emerging phase of the market because its scale means it has more data to work with than many of its competitors. The company is the dominant platform provider in the US cable industry, and Icontrol says its software is already tracking more than 26 million sensors and devices. The platform is expected to manage more than 100 billion transactions worldwide in 2015. Cont'd...
Southern California distributor collaborates with premier security brands to deliver hands-on demos and training sessions for area dealers, specialty integrators and contractors.
Combined with smart home security and automation products, smartphones provide a portable window into the home. This makes them the perfect home security accessory-one that's a lot less expensive than a traditional monitored security system yet is always accessible.
CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association) has announced that it will be hosting its next training and networking event for the South African residential custom installation sector from 27th - 31st July in both Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Two new standards will facilitate enhanced device-to-device interoperability
Amazon providing Alexa Fund investment to Columbus-based startup Garageio to completely automate your garage
Garageio, the internet-of-things garage door product, is using the Alexa Skills Kit to bring a new capability to Amazon Echo
Funding Round One of Largest in the Maker Movement; Barry Schuler Joins Board; Veteran Talent from LEGO and MakerBot Join Executive Team
Marvell introduces two new hardware prototyping products for IoT innovators: Kinoma Element is instantly and always connected, interfaces with off-the-shelf sensors, and is ideal for prototyping embedded devices poised for mass production; Kinoma HD is a scriptable stick that transforms any HD screen into a display for IoT devices, handhelds, the cloud, and web content/
Makes home automation simple and cost-effective for both new installs and the nearly 500,000 Simon XT/XTi customers in need of a 2G upgrade
2015 State of the Smart Home Report Reveals Seeing is Believing, Smart Home Mass Adoption to be Led by Familiar Connected Products with Obvious Benefits
Icontrol Networks' Annual Research Profiles Smart Home Customers, with Millennials and Parents Likeliest to Buy
By Benny Evangelista for SF Gate: Sears is trying to connect with the Bay Area’s tech-savvy crowd with a smart home device showroom in its San Bruno store. The retail chain opened a 4,000-square-foot Connected Solutions showroom in its Tanforan mall outlet this week, giving customers an Apple Store-style experience with more than 100 smart home gadgets, from video doorbells to Internet-connected garage door openers and light bulbs. Sears is also building smaller showrooms with about half the number of products in 200 stores around the country. But Sears wanted to plant its flagship showroom near Silicon Valley.
By Howard Whitman for Dealerscope: Electrical and digital building infrastructure specialist Legrand has unveiled Intuity, its new home automation platform specifically developed for homebuilders. According to the company’s announcement, Intuity was created to give “production homebuilders and installers serving the mainstream housing market a cost-effective, modular and repeatable solution for controlling entertainment, security and comfort within a home.” “Homeowners today expect connectivity and control in new homes,” stated Legrand VP & General Manager for its On-Q and NuVo lines Fritz Werder. “Most new homebuyers are making home automation a priority. Intuity gives builders a unique, easy-to-install platform that meets buyer expectations without delaying the building process.” Werder said Intuity was created to provide homebuilders with a modular, easy-to-sell home ecosystem that would support homeowners’ most-requested home technologies. Cont'd...
iDevices Switch, a connected plug using HomeKit technology available at select Lowe's stores this holiday season
World's Smallest Multi-Function Sensor Brings Important Home-Monitoring Capabilities to Nexia
One Quarter of Millennials Have Begun Building Smart Homes and Four-in-Ten Want One, According to The NPD Group
According to The NPD Group Connected Intelligence Advisory Service, Millennials are twice as likely as the total population to have a smart home product installed in their residence.
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Smart Bulbs are out there and they can do far more then just provide light. Speakers, projectors, wi-fi extenders and more. The standard light socket that is wired up and ready to go in nearly every home in North America is now providing an easy and affordable option for home owners and renters alike to enter into the world of the "Smart Home". Here is a look at some of the Smart Bulbs and Smart Lighting options out there, and this list is just the beginning. In this ongoing article we hope to continue to add to and grow this list, so stay tuned!