Leviton Launches 2017 Five Star Dealer Program to Reward Automation Installers and Integrators

Applications open for installers and integrators to receive benefits for proven excellence

Comcast completes acquisition of Icontrol's IoT and home security arm

Tas Bindi for ZDNet:  Comcast has completed its acquisition of Icontrol Networks' Converge business, which creates Internet of Things (IoT) and connected home security solutions. Converge already powers Comcast's XFinity Home, in that it allows Comcast to communicate with and manage security sensors that are part of Xfinity Home, and also supports home-automation devices like cameras and thermostats. While the terms of the deal remain undisclosed, Comcast SVP and XFinity Home general manager Daniel Herscovici explained in a blog post that the acquisition will give the company full control over Icontrol's research and development roadmap. Specifically, it will allow the company to accelerate the pace of XFinity Home's development, especially in the area of connected home security.   Cont'd...

ISC West - VMP Showcases Rugged FRM Series Non-Penetrating Roof Mounts at 2017 ISC West

The FRM Series is a Non-Penetrating Roof Mount Designed for Numerous Applications, Including Wireless CCTV Signal Communication, that Won't Damage Roofing Surfaces

Nest is working on at least 3 new smart-home gadgets right now - here's what we know

Antonio Villas-Boas for Business Insider:  Nest, the struggling connected-smart-home company bought by Google's parent company, Alphabet, in 2014, will expand its range of smart-home products with new and updated devices you can control from apps on your mobile devices, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. Those new products include a home-security alarm system with window and door sensors, a key fob for arming and disarming your alarm, and a smart doorbell with a camera. The news comes after a tumultuous period at Nest, during which the cofounder and CEO, Tony Fadell, resigned amid criticism of his management style and a lack of new products. The new products would give Nest a more complete presence in the smart-home ecosystem, instead of forcing users to mix devices from a variety of companies.   Cont'd...

AARP, CVS Health, Healthways, Johnson & Johnson, MDLIVE, Philips, and Samsung to participate at Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers

Parks Associates announces session topics and advisory board participants for fourth-annual conference in San Diego

Extra security for your Nest Account.

From Nest: Here's how it works: the first time you sign into your Nest Account after activating two-factor authentication, you'll type in your email and password as always, but then you'll get a text with a verification code. Enter the code and you're set. To turn on two-factor authentication, go to the Nest app, tap the menu icon on the top left, then go to the category Account Security. You'll see an option there to activate "2-step verification." After you've turned it on, you'll need to sign in again. It takes a minute or two for our customers, but for hackers working from computers all over the world, things get a whole lot harder.

Maryland Public School System Streams Live Programming to YouTube Using Osprey Video Hardware Encoder

Talon G1 Enables MCPS-TV to Stream SDI Signals With Embedded Closed Captions

Utah Scientific Products at the 2017 NAB Show

Despite the buzz surrounding video over IP and the next-generation SMPTE 2110 standard, there's still the reality of everyday SDI workflows. The new 400 Series 3 platform is the perfect choice for accommodating high-density SDI and the creation of IP signals from a central frame. Coupled with Utah Scientific's renowned support and legendary reliability, the 400 Series 3 can handle any number of IP and SDI video signal formats along with audio and data.

ISC West - Platinum Tools® Showcases New LanSeeker™ Cable Tester at 2017 ISC West

Now Shipping and Made in the USA, LanSeeker is a Fast, Rugged Cable Tester and Tone Generator in One Unit with Detachable Remote Unit, Testing for Shorts, Opens, Miswires, Reversals, and Split Pairs

Gamma 2 Robotics Invited to Speak at New Unmanned Security Expo @ ISC West

CEO Lew Pincus to speak about transforming the future of security with robotics technology.

Smart home opportunity in its infancy

Simon Quicke for Computer Weekly Microscope:  If anyone in the channel was worried that they were missing out on a booming smart home market then they can sleep more easily knowing that the Uk is in its infancy when it comes to connected homes. Some of the distributors are positioning themselves ready for the uptake of services to control features likes security and heating but according to Gartner things are still at an early stage. The assessment of the market from the analysts means that the channel still has the time to develop skills and vendor relationships in the smart home area. Gartner estimates that current adoption rates are around the 10% mark.   Cont'd.. .

Digital Defense, Inc. Lands Top spot on Cybersecurity 500

Industry's Top Scanning Engine in Vulnerability Management Propels Company to Number 16

The connected home window is open, but for how long?

Paul Lalancette Opinion piece for RCR Wireless News:  The potential for “connected homes” enabled by the internet of things to become a major market opportunity is no longer in doubt. The benefits for consumers, such as controlling energy costs, increasing security and having a home that learns how to behave according to personal preferences, are too promising. Offering these services represents an enormous opportunity for communications service providers, but it is not a forgone conclusion they will lead in the arena. CSPs can play a central role in delivering an easy to use yet valuable experience to consumers in managing their connected homes. The number of devices and services operating across different and fragmented platforms for the connected home is holding back its widespread adoption. For the connected home to make the jump from being used by early adopters to being commonplace, the experience has to evolve to be far more seamless than it is today. This is the window that is open for CSPs to step up and bring a truly integrated consumer experience to the connected home. But it may not be for long.   Cont'd...

Cobalt Robotics Introduces a (Mostly) Autonomous Mobile Security Robot

Evan Ackerman for IEEE Spectrum:  Today, Cobalt Robotics (a startup based in Palo Alto, Calif.) is announcing an autonomous mobile robot designed for indoor security applications that can "work alongside human guards to provide better security than people can do alone." The key realization here is that security guards spend the vast majority of their time doing almost nothing, and even in a worst case scenario (like someone trying to break in, or a fire or other serious problem), their primary responsibility is making the right phone call as quickly as possible as opposed to dealing with the situation directly.   Full article:

ISC West - VMP Showcases ER-SS1U Rack Mounted Sliding Shelf at 2017 ISC West

The Sturdy, 35 lb. Load Capacity ER-SS1U Retracts Flush When Not in Use, Making Tucking Away Certain Components Easy and Fast

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