Interface Security Acquires Westec Intelligent Surveillance

By Jason Knott · April 3, 2012 • Merger of Interface Security Systems and Westec Intelligent Surveillance creates a nationwide video surveillance monitoring company using cloud-based architecture.

2Gig Adds Local DVR to Self-Contained Security Panels

By Julie Jacobson · April 2, 2012 • 2Gig appears to be the first to offer local DVR on self-contained security panels -- up to 1TB via built-in SATA drive. Service complements cloud-based solution from

Walmart, Vudu Ripping DVDs to the Cloud

By Grant Clauser · March 14, 2012 • Walmart is prepping a cloud-based movie service where users can bring their DVDs into stores in order to access the same material online. Cloud Service May Yield Smartest Thermostat on the Planet

By Julie Jacobson · February 28, 2012 • 100k customers to have access to cloud-based (SaaS) 'Smart Schedule' service that learns activity patterns based on security sensors and adjusts thermostats automatically for energy efficiency.

Onkyo, MP3tunes Add Cloud Storage to Receivers

By Rachel Cericola · January 9, 2012 • Onkyo has partnered with, giving Onkyo owners access to the service’s cloud-based Locker to store up to 400 songs for free.

Lowe’s to Sell Cloud-Based Home Management System

By CE Pro Editors · January 9, 2012 • Lowe's will be selling the Iris home management system, allowing users to control their home remotely with a smartphone or computer.

Savant SmartSystem Hits Cloud with iTunes Match

By Jason Knott · January 6, 2012 • Savant's SmartSystem is now compatible with iTunes Match, Apple's subscription service that syncs iCloud music and playlists with Savant controls.

The Cloud: Why 2012 Will Be a Breakout Year

By Julie Jacobson · January 4, 2012 • A look at why more CE pros are turning to the cloud to manage security, phone systems, thermostats and other technologies.

LAPD Drops Gmail, Questions Cloud-based Security

By Jason Knott · December 27, 2011 • Security consultant says cloud-based security is going through a 'confusing time' as LAPD dumps Google Gmail due to security concerns.

Biggest CE Stories of 2011

By Julie Jacobson · December 21, 2011 • Savant vs. Crestron, the cloud, Netflix, independent reps, and attempts at mass-market home automation were just a few of the biggest and most controversial CE stories of 2011.

CE Pro Names 5 Home Tech Opportunities for 2012

By Julie Jacobson · November 29, 2011 • 2012 will be a break-out year for cloud-based services, digital audio, self-contained security/home automation systems, LED lighting, and alternative input technologies such as voice control.

Akitio MyCloud Duo personal cloud server

By Robert Archer · November 11, 2011 • Akitio's latest storage product provides users with network and mobile storage access from anywhere in the world.

Does The Cloud Make Sense for Home Automation, Content, Security?

By Julie Jacobson · October 27, 2011 • Integrator, vendor and CE Pro discuss challenges and opportunities of cloud (SaaS)-based services, including home automation and streaming, at CEProLive!

CEA: Cloud Will Thrive, So Will Local Storage, Services

By Julie Jacobson · October 24, 2011 • Cloud-based computing, networking, storage and health technology will impact consumer electronics products and services; but don't write off local storage and services, says CEA at its 2011 Industry Forum.

Say Goodbye to Huge Racks (and Other CE Megatrends)

By Jason Knott · October 21, 2011 • Cloud computing, streaming content and SaaS-based home automation will reduce A/V rack requirements and provide new challenges and opportunities for integrators, says CE Megatrends presenter Steve Moore.

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