IoT

Control4, SnapAV CEO Interviews: Analyzing the Home Automation Merger

By Julie Jacobson · May 17, 2019 • SnapAV's acquisition of Control4 will create a one-stop shop for professionally installed home automation, A/V, networking, other home technologies: CEOs John Heyman, Martin Plaehn

Napco’s New iSecure May be Fastest, Easiest Route to Security, Home Automation RMR

By Julie Jacobson · April 26, 2019 • Introduced at ISC West 2019, Napco claims its iSecure series of dual-path alarm and smart-home systems are "the first complete cellular alarm systems under $99 net."

Latest on UL Cybersecurity Standards for IoT Devices

By Rodney Bosch · April 19, 2019 • UL Technology & Security director Andrew Jamieson says the world doesn't need another IT security standard but does need cybersecurity oversight of IoT devices. He provides an update on UL's Cybersecurity Assurance Program (CAP).

Why 5G Won’t Replace Fiber or Cable Broadband

By CE Pro Editors · April 11, 2019 • According to Primex, device compatibility, service flexibility, security, and service coverage could slow the 5G revolution.

New Vivint Pro Program is ‘Dream’ RMR Opportunity for Home-Tech Channel

By Julie Jacobson · April 9, 2019 • New Vivint Smart Home Authorized Pro program enables home-tech pros to earn RMR and product margins on alarm and home-automation systems and services, leaving all the heavy lifting to Vivint.

IFTTT Competitor and CEDIA Keynoter Stringify Kills Home Automation App

By Julie Jacobson · April 9, 2019 • After acquisition, Comcast kills Stringify app, which is 'much better' than IFTTT as an if/then home-automation engine; company recommends IFTTT and Yonomi IoT platforms instead. [grumpy baby]

Alula BAT-Connect Adds Cellular, IP, Home Automation to Ordinary Security Panels

By Julie Jacobson · April 5, 2019 • Alula claims its new BAT-Connect is first 'triple-path' alarm communicator with Wi-Fi, Ethernet and 4G/LTE cellular (CAT M1 for 5G transition), plus unified dashboard for security, surveillance and Z-Wave home automation.

Leviton’s New Wi-Fi Load Center: ‘No One Else’ Integrates Breakers, Lighting, Energy, Automation

By Julie Jacobson · March 25, 2019 • Leviton's new IoT Load Center is a circuit box with snap-in breakers (no rewiring necessary) and Wi-Fi connectivity for remote monitoring, diagnostics and control via Leviton smart-home app.

Vivint Adds Connected Cars to Security and Smart-Home Ecosystem

By CE Pro Editors · March 22, 2019 • Powered by Mojio, Vivint Smart Home's new Car Guard lets homeowners monitor the security, location and diagnostics of a car in the same app used for home security and home automation.

Analysis: ADT Pulse vs. Command and Control; 3G Sunset Doom as ‘Opportunity’

By Julie Jacobson · March 21, 2019 • ADT Pulse replaced by 'dream' security and home-automation system ADT Command and Control, powered by Alarm.com, but ADT faces upgrade challenge for some 3.7 million customers due to 3G, CDMA sunset.

Bosch, Thermador Open Smart-Appliance APIs for Home Automation Integration

By Julie Jacobson · March 19, 2019 • BSH opens Home Connect APIs for integrating Bosch, Thermador and Siemens smart appliances with third-party home-automation systems and culinary service providers.

ADT Ends Pulse, Adds Command & Control, Pauses Alexa Guard, Plots DIY

By Jason Knott · March 18, 2019 • New ADT Command and Control launches nationwide this month, ending long reign of ADT Pulse security and home automation platform. Company plots DIY course with LifeShield acquisition, but not with Alexa Guard quite yet.

Biophilia and the Reason Smart-Home Pros Can Own the Wellness Category

By Julie Jacobson · March 15, 2019 • Humans are hardwired to relish nature and thrive in a 24-hour circadian cycle. Smart-home pros can fake-believe nature through smart lighting, indoor air quality, beneficial sounds, visuals and other wellness-related stimuli.

From Toilets to Lawnmowers… 4 Niche IoT Devices to Control for Clients

By Andrew Nichols · March 11, 2019 • Smart home control has moved beyond just shades and lights. Lawnmowers, toilets, faucets and sump alarms are just some of the interesting IoT devices to control for clients.

Apple Acquires Patents From Defunct Smart Security Start-Up Lighthouse AI

By Steve Karantzoulidis · March 8, 2019 • Is it possible Apple is looking to use Lighthouse AI's visual authentication, monitoring and depth-sensing patents to create its own surveillance camera?

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