NETGEAR UK is offering the UK home owners the opportunity to setup their own DIY home video monitoring solution, called VueZone. The VZSX2800 NETGEAR VueZone motion detection video monitoring system is easy to setup and works with your existing wireless router to send you video feed and pictures of your home.
The CEA (Consumer Electronics Association) judges have done their examination and have release the 2014 International CES list of Best of Innovations Design and Engineering Award Honorees. The judges look products across 28 consumer electronics product categories; they have also added extra categories this year: 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing and Wearable Technologies. The "Best of Innovations Design and Engineering Award" honors products and solutions that demonstrate outstanding design and engineering advancements. The CEA said they saw a record number of entries this year (See Photos).
Samsung has partnered with McAfee to add virus protection to its new home media player called, Samsung HomeSync. The Android-base device can store up to 1TB of digital content, enough space for a standard home. HomeSync is due in shops from the beginning of October and will come with McAfee VirusScan pre-installed. Samsung said the partnership is to help protect and its customer’s digital content from the growing range of Android-based threats.
Research done by Strategy Analytics indicated that this is a good time to inter the market for interactive security services and remote monitoring. According to them these services are predicted to worth $1.6 billion in the next five years, in Western Europe alone and a combine total of $11.9 billion with the US. The Strategy Analytics Smart Home Strategies Advisory Services report titled, “Interactive Security: Market Outlook and Competitive Landscape”, looks at both markets up to 2018.
Home automation and the devices that support this solution have had a lot of bad press over the last two weeks. As a supporter of the products and the technologies to goes into it to make it all possible, personally I was embarrassed by it all. From a professional standpoint I can see the benefit of highlighting these issues and a lot coming out of it. Home automation and smart home solutions have come a long way since 1933 when it was a theme at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair.
AT&T will be launhing it Digital Life home monitoring solution in six more US cities (Cincinnati, San Diego, Columbus, San Jose, Indianapolis and Tampa). The upcoming launch will make the service available in 33 cities. The off the shelves home monitoring offer the convenience of monitoring your home from your phone, tablet or PC while are away.
Two of the connected home heavies have taken their competition to court. It’s in the news that iControl has taken court action against Alarm.com for patent infringement. iControl has file a lawsuit against Alarm.com and FrontPoint Security, an Alarm.com customer in a district court in Virginia. IControl is seeking damages and an injunction to stop the further sale of the infringing Alarm.com and FrontPoint Security products.
Installing new IT gadgets at home can be a complicated issue and especially WiFi devices, they sometimes add to the frustration of networking the devices at home. Despite the grief and frustration we experience, WiFi is still popular just because it offers the flexibility and convenience to access the internet from anywhere in homes rather than stuck in place. According to Strategy Analytics, “A Quarter of Households Worldwide Now Have Wireless Home Networks”, the developed world has over 50 per cent concentration.
Marmitek has launched a new company for the further development and distribution of Marmitek Home Automation and security systems: Haibrain BV. Haibrain is not just the manufacturer and supplier of Marmitek Home Automation and Security. As a brand house, it also offers a complete range of products in the area of home automation (domotics), security and comfort systems.
Product lines from brands such as Electronics Line, Honeywell and Insteon are available as of now. Haibrain offers a one stop shop concept for (security) installers and home automation resellers.
Lowe’s reiterates its commitment to offering a connected lifestyle to homeowners, through its new range of connected home products and services. The company has added Iris Comfort and Control, Iris Smart kit and, Iris Safe and Secure to complement its recently launched cloud-based home solutions. Lowe’s extensive range of products will help to take out some of the inconvenience out of running a modern home.