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.
At this year’s International Builders' Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, Ingersoll Rand demonstrated how they can offer today’s homeowners the convenience of an Intelligent home. Through its award winning Nexia Home Intelligence solution they can offer a home automation solution that covers security, HVAC, energy management, remote access and atmospheric control. This works by combining Ingersoll’s range of home appliances from brands such as Trane and Schlage.
Broadcom and Norton have finally released more detail about what they have been working on over the past few months. Around the middle of last year both companies announced that they are collaborating on a new security solution for the home. CE manufactures using the Broadcom’s ’s BCM4708x chipset for new 5G WiFi (802.11ac) routers can now offer additional security features. This is because The BCM4708x series now has Norton Security as part of the chip.
Axesstel announced today that they have shipped approximately 40,000 AG50 Series Home Alerts to customers in Africa.The new wireless security alert system uses GSM technologyand has a built-in cellular module that can send an SMS or makephone calls.
Comcast has announced the completion of its launch of Xfinity Home across the company's West Virginia service area. Xfinity Home offers traditional home security components, like police and fire alarm protection backed by 24/7 professional monitoring, as well as the ability to remotely adjust digital thermostats, turn lights on or off and watch secure live streaming video from wireless cameras while away from home. The service also comes with the Xfinity Home app, which is available for free on Apple's iTunes App Store and Google Play for Android.
It is the operating systems on our TVs that make it smart and with most of us now buying smart TVs there is an emerging threat of hackers writing infectious malware to infect our televisions. This has lead Sophos to form partnership with Ocean Blue to developed an antivirus software for smart TVs. The solution combines Sophos antivirus platform with Ocean Blue’s middleware for smart TVs and Set-top Boxes.
Bosch Security Systems and GreenPeak have collaborated to develop a home security and home care solution. The new offerings are gear toward operators who want to increase their revenue stream in the smart home market. Through the partnership, Bosch is able to integrate GreenPeak’s chips into its security, safety and communication products.