Icontrol Networks, the company behind the most widely-distributed interactive security and home automation platform in the industry, today announced the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted the company four patents that define the use of video in connected home systems.
Cisco plans to acquire security as a service company OpenDNS to help customers reduce the risks they face in connecting corporate networks to devices found on the Internet of Things.Cisco said this week it expects to spend $635 million for San Francisco-based OpenDNS. The transaction is set to close by the end of October.
In many ways, the current obsession with the Internet of Things (IOT) by a portion of the tech press is understandable. Journalists and bloggers alike are constantly on the lookout for something cool and fresh to write about, and IOT is a hot topic this year. Plus, the idea of connecting essentially everything to everything is pretty compelling at a conceptual level.
A new report from Navigant Research analyzes the global market opportunity for residential Internet of Things (IoT) devices, including forecasts for shipments, installed base, and revenue, segmented by region and device type, through 2025.“Already smart thermostats and smart meters can provide insights for greater energy efficiency, enhanced home systems can link security, lighting, and HVAC controls—and as device manufacturers add connectivity to more devices, the trend keeps accelerating.”As device manufacturers continue to embed communications technologies, sensors, and intelligence into an array of products, the residential IoT market continues to grow. Driven by a desire to enable devices in the home to share information for the purposes of greater efficiency, automation, security, and comfort, more companies are providing products for this trend, and the market appears to have potential to expand beyond early adopters. Click to tweet: According to a new report from Navigant Research, annual revenue from shipments of residential IoT devices is expected to increase from $7.3 billion in 2015 to $67.7 billion in 2025.
Icontrol Networks, the company behind the most widely-distributed interactive security and home automation platform in the industry, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted the company two new home security and automation patents.
Apple is bolstering HomeKit, bringing more smart home kit under the automation umbrella and adding Apple Watch, Siri, and iCloud integration to boost usability both when at home and away. The new functionality, based on iOS 9, will see HomeKit potentially take on a more serious role thanks to integration with security systems, while improvements to the setup process should make home automation installation less of a headache. However, there’s good news for those with existing gadgets they don’t want to replace.
Consumers who outfit their homes with home automation devices without considering security may be inviting hackers and thieves inside.Repeatedly, studies have revealed that devices designed to automate the home have serious vulnerabilities. Many devices have weak password policies and do not protect against man-in-the-middle attacks, according to an HP survey of 10 off-the-shelf home security systems. Others do not prevent access to the device’s debugging interface, which could allow easy hacking of the device, according to an April study by code-security firm Veracode.
It seems that everywhere we look, more home devices and appliances are receiving smart functionality. Today, consumers can buy refrigerators that will email them when certain items run low, smoke alarms that will text them when they detect smoke and cameras that will stream videos of pets, or even intruders, as they move from room to room.The conveniences of a smart home are undeniable. But each amenity we add to our home comes at a cost – and too often that cost is paid in terms of security. Each smart device we add to a home is equivalent to adding another door or window. Without the proper embedded security within the device, the lock is nonexistent.