Comcast Home Automation System Opens Up

Joseph Palenchar for TWICE:  Comcast is opening up its monitored-security/home-automation system to operate with devices from a wide variety of home-automation brands. The company’s Xfinity Home system has been available with a variety of unbranded devices such as smart plugs, smoke detectors, security cameras, light switches, door/window detectors, motion detectors and a water-leak detector, a spokesperson said. An Xfinity thermostat and a smart door lock from Kwikset have also been available. Consumers will be able to buy the products from Comcast or from CE retailers, a spokesperson said. Later this year, Comcast will release a software development kit (SDK) and a certification program so home-automation suppliers can offer products that work with Xfinity Home.

WeMo Upgrades App and Brings IFTTT Compatibility to WeMo Smart LED Bulbs

Price Reduction Introduced on WeMo Smart LED Starter Set and Single LED Bulbs

Fantem and netTALK Announce Strategic Partnership and New Home Security Solution

Partnership Offers Home Security at a Fraction of the Cost. The Oomi Security Kit combines home security with smart home technology and is available for pre-order today at a deep discount.

Marvell Unveils Industry-Leading ZigBee Wireless Microcontroller SoC to Advance Smart Home and IoT Innovations

Marvell announced its next-generation industry-leading 88MZ300 802.15.4/ZigBee wireless microcontroller system-on-chip (SoC), the newest member of Marvell's wireless microcontroller family of Internet of Things solutions. The high-performance, low-power, cost-effective SoC offers superior radio frequency (RF) performance that more than doubles the transmission range and reduces power consumption by 50 percent over Marvell's previous generation 88MZ100 SoC, while maintaining the least amount of external components due to the high integration in silicon. Together with its support for open standards, including the upcoming ZigBee 3.0 and Thread protocols, the 88MZ300 SoC, along with a ZigBee to Wi-Fi bridge reference design and an ecosystem of hardware manufacturers and system integration partners, it enables original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to rapidly bring new, innovative IoT applications to market. The 88MZ300 SoC is sampling now. "Marvell continues to demonstrate innovation in home automation, connected lighting and IoT with its 88MZ300 ZigBee wireless microcontroller which leads 802.15.4 technology in both performance and cost," said Philip Poulidis, Vice President and General Manager, Mobile and Internet of Things Business Units at Marvell. "Along with Kinoma and Marvell's recently announced Smart Home Cloud Center™, the 88MZ300 delivers a total solution for home automation and IoT markets. We look forward to the range of exciting new product opportunities that will be possible with the deployment of the 88MZ300."

Marvell Unveils Industry-Leading ZigBee Wireless Microcontroller SoC to Advance Smart Home and IoT Innovations

Marvell's 88MZ300 802.15.4/ZigBee microcontroller delivers high performance at ultra-low power and supports open standards including ZigBee 3.0 and Thread

Remote Controls: the essential accessory for the Smart Home ZigBee RF4CE: the mature and low cost technology of choice

GreenPeak posts new white paper for ZigBee RF4CE: what is RF4CE, why Operators prefer it for remote controls, why it is so successful in the USA and why European Smart Home Developers should use it in their devices

Indigo Domotics Releases New iOS Control Client for Smart Home Hub

Indigo Domotics, the leading provider of smart home hub software for the Apple(R) Mac(R) platform, today announced the immediate availability of Indigo Touch 2.0 for iOS, a major update of its iOS control app.

ADS Security Adds Automated Water Valves to Their Suite of Home Services

ADS Security announces the addition of automated water valves to its robust suite of ADS Aniware automation solutions to help protect properties from water damage, one of the costliest insurance claims.

Smart Home Automation System Revenues to Hit US$34 Billion in 2020, Says ABI Research

Global revenues from smart home automation systems will grow at a 21% CAGR between 2015 and 2020, according to ABI Research. North America will account for the lion’s share of the smart home automation system revenues in 2020, contributing close to 46% globally, followed by Europe and Asia-Pacific.   “Smart home automation system revenue was primarily driven by mass consumer adoption of smart home security systems but the market is also witnessing strong revenue growth from the adoption of smart plugs and smoke and air quality monitors,” says Senior Analyst Adarsh Krishnan.   Regional differences are also reflected in device adoption. In 2014, North America and Western Europe witnessed increased adoption of security cameras, especially those with embedded motion sensors which were used not only for home security but also indoor activity tracking. In China, due to increasing concern about air quality, environmental sensors are gaining popularity. To augment growing domestic demand, in 2014, Alibaba, Xiaomi, Tencent, and Baidu announced their entry into the smart home market with air quality monitors.

Soap Inc. Announces Availability of First Total Home Automation Application That Will Ultimately Connect All Network Devices Under One Single App

Easy-to-use interface lets users control devices from a single app with their smart phone or tablet

What Exactly Is Amazon's Smart Home Strategy?

Michael Wolf for Forbes:   If you were hoping for a straightforward, ‘here’s our smart home’ announcement from Amazon, you’re out of luck. And unlike others in the space, Amazon’s efforts so far can’t really be summed up easily in a sentence or two. Instead, they’ve put together what appears to be a hodgepodge of random efforts that, at first blush, are difficult to distill down into a cohesive strategy.   But once you start looking more closely and begin to connect dots, a potentially interesting plan begins to emerge, one completely different than any of the company’s peers...   One thing Amazon is notably not doing is creating a separate piece of purpose built smart home hardware to connect a bunch of smart home devices and radios. In other words, they’re not doing a hub.   Instead, they’ve opted to focus on creating a control layer for your smart home in the Echo that gives them the ability to innocuously gather usage data about your smart home.

ilumi solutions Enhances LED Smart Light Bulbs with First of Its Kind Proximity and Circadian Lighting Features in New Mobile App Update

ilumi color changing LED Smartbulbs now turn on and off based on user's presence and automatically adjust throughout the day to help support one's circadian rhythm.

NEXT Biometrics Receives Initial Order for 100,000 Fingerprint Sensors in New SmartHome Segment

NEXT says customer expects sales in excess of 1 million units in first 12-18 months

Fantem Announces Feature Enhancement for Oomi, The World's First Smart Home Built for Everyone

New additions offer improved functionality; available now for pre-order on Indiegogo

Insteon Brings Full Line of Connected Home Products to Apple Watch

Insteon users can now monitor and control lights, thermostats, cameras, and sensors simply and easily from the Apple Watch

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