IoT

10 Cybersecurity Smart Home Tips to Share With Customers

By Rodney Bosch · October 16, 2018 • It's Hacktober, also known as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), which means it's the perfect time to brush up on some key tips to help keep your customers and their data safe from hackers.

A Google Home First: Local Integration with GE Smart Bulbs via BLE - No Network Needed*

By Julie Jacobson · October 9, 2018 • If you guessed Google's first stab at local home-automation might involve ZigBee, Z-Wave or Thread + Weave ... you would be wrong. Google announces local integration via BLE with GE smart bulbs, along with a new protocol for pairing and control.

Smart-Home Pros (No One Else) Can Own Emerging ‘Energy Automation’ Field: CEDIA Tech Talk

By Julie Jacobson · September 27, 2018 • CEDIA Expo 2018 Tech Talk: With expertise in multiple smart-home subsystems, home-tech pros can dominate emerging 'energy automation' category, encompassing home energy storage, smart-grid integration, renewable energy and home automation.

With ‘Connected by August,’ Yale Locks Dominate Residential Access Control

By Julie Jacobson · September 26, 2018 • ‘Connected by August’ brings top access-control platform to Yale’s large variety of residential smart locks that support virtually every major (and secondary) home automation standard.

Integrate Crestron with SmartThings, Including ZigBee, Z-Wave: Free Github Code

By Julie Jacobson · September 24, 2018 • Upgrade SmartThings DIY customers to Crestron pro home automation ... or add ZigBee and Z-Wave to existing Crestron smart-home systems with free, updated integration code on github.

Amazon’s New Alexa Guard: Huge Implications for Sound Recognition in Security; ADT Stock up 7%

By Julie Jacobson · September 21, 2018 • New Alexa Guard turns Amazon Echo into sound-recognition device, alerting users and professional monitoring stations to smoke/CO alarms and glass breaks; first partner ADT sees stock price soar.

Amazon Announces ADT Pulse as Professional Installation and Monitoring Solution for Alexa Guard [PR]

By CE Pro Editors · September 21, 2018 • ADT says Alexa Guard, new audio analytic service from Amazon, "deepens Amazon's marketing and distribution relationship with ADT."

Amazon’s Big Alexa New-Product News: Alexa Guard, TIDAL Streaming, Local Control, More [PR]

By CE Pro Editors · September 21, 2018 • Amazon launches new capabilities across Routines, Music, Smart Home, Home Monitoring, Alexa Calling, Amazon FreeTime on Alexa and more; features begin rolling out to select new and existing Echo devices in the coming months.

Amazon Announces New Echo Devices Including Amp, Subwoofer, Dot and Auto [PR]

By CE Pro Editors · September 20, 2018 • New Echo devices let you add a subwoofer to your Echo devices, amplify or stream high-fidelity music to your existing home audio system (Echo Link), and add Alexa to your own speaker (Echo Input).

5G is Home Tech’s ‘Most Impactful Trend’ in 20 Years: CEDIA Roundtable

By Julie Jacobson · September 20, 2018 • CEDIA Expo 2018: 5G might be a year away, but smart-home integrators should start prepping now for the next-gen cellular service, with its major implications for IoT, content delivery and mobility.

Hands On: Telguard’s Arlo Go Mobile Camera Goes Anywhere, Provides Dealer RMR

By Julie Jacobson · August 30, 2018 • Selling Telguard's Arlo Go all-wireless cameras is one of the few ways home-technology integrators can earn recurring revenue (RMR) on cellular service without selling back-up cellular for security systems.

New Samsung SmartThings Wifi Melds Home Automation Hub with Plume Mesh Wi-Fi

By Julie Jacobson · August 13, 2018 • ‘Next iteration’ of Samsung Connect Home is full-fledged SmartThings hub with ZigBee and Z-Wave, plus mesh Wi-Fi from Plume, featuring ‘AI-based network optimization.’ New $15 ZigBee home-automation 'Button' launched.

Just Add Power to Demo Its ‘Just OS’ Firmware at CEDIA Expo 2018

By CE Pro Editors · August 9, 2018 • Just Add Power plans on showing off several new products at CEDIA Expo 2018, including its 3G Ultra HD over IP receiver and Just OS firmware.

Alarm-Industry Giant Vector Security Opens Retail Shop, Touts Pro-Installed Home Automation

By CE Pro Editors · August 8, 2018 • The 2,300-square-foot store features security demos and smart home automation technology, like the company's own Amazon Alexa skills used to control smart locks, IoT lighting, and HVAC.

CEDIA Find: Airthinx is First Pure-Play IAQ System to Target Smart-Home Channel

By Julie Jacobson · August 8, 2018 • Measuring nine environmental conditions, IoT-enabled Airthinx integrates with home automation to optimize indoor air quality (IAQ) for wellness, productivity and energy savings.

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