UW Engineers Achieve Wi-Fi at 10,000 Times Lower Power

From Jennifer Langston at University of Washington's UWToday:   A team of University of Washington computer scientists and electrical engineers has demonstrated that it’s possible to generate Wi-Fi transmissions using 10,000 times less power than conventional methods. The new Passive Wi-Fi system also consumes 1,000 times less power than existing energy-efficient wireless communication platforms, such as Bluetooth Low Energy and Zigbee. A paper describing those results will be presented in March at the 13th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation. The technology has also been named one of the 10 breakthrough technologies of 2016 by MIT Technology Review... (full article)   (paper)   (hackernews technical discussion)

Bitdefender to Showcase the Secure Smart Home of the Future at CES 2017

Integrated cybersecurity takes center stage in the safe smart home of the future

TP-Link® Unveils New Smart Plug Mini, Compatible with Amazon Alexa and No Hub Required

HS105 Smart Plug Mini Provides Control of Connected Devices from Anywhere Using the Kasa App

AFCCE and IEEE BTS Announce Spring 2017 Scholarship Recipients

Ten Students at Nine U.S. Universities Receive Awards Totaling More Than $32,000

37% of U.S. broadband households find solar panels highly appealing, strengthening outlook for solar in 2017

EPA, Illinois Commerce Commission, Honeywell, and Toyota to speak at Smart Energy Summit

Insurance to drive sales of smart water devices in U.S.

IoT research firm shows 14% of U.S. broadband households plan to buy a smart water leak detector in 2016

Blink Announces Industry's Most Affordable Outdoor Security Camera

New weatherproof Blink XT camera features two-year battery life, 1080p Full HD video, infrared night vision and much more, now available for pre-order at $119

GetSafe Home Security Introduces Line of Z-Wave Home Automation Products

New products allow customers to control their smart home from their smartphone.

PC Matic Named Best New Product of the Year in Best in Biz Awards 2016

PC Pitstop, maker of PC Matic, the only commercial whitelisting security technology made in America, today announced that they have earned a Bronze Best New Product of the Year in the SMB category in the Best in Biz Awards 2016.

Crowdfund launches to back portable smart home hub

The Yoswit Portable IR Hub uses the latest Bluetooth technology to connect and control home appliance, from the air conditioning, to maintain each individual's perfect temperature, to the TV.

Amped Wireless' ALLY Named Among Most Innovative Smart Home Devices of 2017

Amped Wireless found themselves named twice, as a CES 2017 Innovations Award Honoree

Safety and Home/Away Use Cases Dominate Smart Home Interoperability Matrix

Parks Associates:  New research from Parks Associates finds smart home solutions that coordinate safety and home/away event scenarios could help a device manufacturer create cross-platform brand loyalty similar to Apple's dominance in CE device ecosystems. The IoT research firm finds U.S. consumers are more likely to own multiple CE products from Apple than from any other CE brand, with loyalty based largely around its mobile platforms. The emerging smart home markets do not have a dominant cross-platform player yet and represent an opportunity to establish a new population of brand loyalists.  "Apple has built a strong base of brand loyalists—82% of Mac users who purchased a smartphone chose an iPhone. By comparison, only 38% of non-Mac users who bought a smartphone chose an iPhone," said Brett Sappington, Senior Research Director, Parks Associates. "But cross-platform loyalty is difficult to achieve. Beyond Apple, ecosystem-based thinking among U.S. consumers is not natural; manufacturers must bridge this gap through product development and marketing that emphasize brand-specific benefits in use cases that apply across computing, mobile, and entertainment platforms.   Cont'd...  

Safety and Home/Away Use Cases Dominate Smart Home Interoperability Matrix

IoT research firm surveys consumers on preferred smart home device functions

Wireless Smart Home Technology Leader Chooses Orange Business Services to Boost User Experience with Seamless IoT Connectivity

Orange to supply Chuango with multi-roaming SIMs for next three years Out-of-the-box connectivity improves user experience and home security

Nortek Security & Control Gears for Growth and Innovation - Expands Manufacturing Capacity, Adds Key Executive Talent

Carlsbad, CA - November 28, 2016 - Nortek Security & Control, a leader in the security, smart home and wellness technology markets, announced today new executive staff additions and role changes to better position itself for continued growth, deliver faster product time to market, fuel more innovation, and serve a growing customer base. Additionally, Nortek Security & Control will be expanding its manufacturing capacity by 25 percent.

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