18. July 2015 · Comments Off on Icontrol Networks Awarded Additional Patents Related to Smart Home Video Systems · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

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.

Source: Icontrol Networks Awarded Additional Patents Related to Smart Home Video Systems — REDWOOD CITY, Calif., July 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

08. July 2015 · Comments Off on Cisco acquires OpenDNS to fight IoT threats · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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.

Source: Cisco acquires OpenDNS to fight IoT threats

30. June 2015 · Comments Off on Icontrol One Announces Support for Simon XT and XTi Panels · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Icontrol Networks, the company behind the most widely-distributed interactive security and home automation platform in the industry, today announced support for the popular Interlogix Simon XT/XTi line of security panels on its Icontrol One solution. This marks the first set of panels supported by Icontrol One, a home automation solution that offers levels of performance and reliability proven with large service providers, but with a business model tailored for independent security dealers.As of June 2015, more than 485,000 Simon XT/XTi security panels installed with 2G radios will need to be upgraded to 3G. Leveraging the Novatel Wireless MiFi Secure SA 1100 radio module, dealers using Icontrol One can bring homeowners 3G connectivity while offering interactive security and home automation functionality for less cost than upgrading to a standalone 3G radio module.

Source: VPO Press Release – Icontrol One Announces Support for Simon XT and XTi Panels

29. June 2015 · Comments Off on Simple connectivity or robust security: Breaking the IOT connection · Categories: News · Tags: , ,

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.

Source: Simple connectivity or robust security: Breaking the IOT connection – TechSpot

25. June 2015 · Comments Off on Global Revenue from Shipments of Residential Internet of Things Devices is Expected to Reach Nearly $70 Billion in 2025 · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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.

Source: Global Revenue from Shipments of Residential Internet of Things Devices is Expected to Reach Nearly $70 Billion in 2025, According to Navigant Research | Business Wire

23. June 2015 · Comments Off on Icontrol Networks Awarded Patents for Delivery of Integrated Home Security and Automation Solutions · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

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.

Source: Icontrol Networks Awarded Patents for Delivery of Integrated Home Security and Automation Solutions | Virtual-Strategy Magazine

21. June 2015 · Comments Off on How HomeKit embraces Siri, Apple Watch and iCloud · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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.

Source: How HomeKit embraces Siri, Apple Watch and iCloud – SlashGear

11. June 2015 · Comments Off on 5 steps to keep your smart home from being hacked · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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.

Source: 5 steps to keep your smart home from being hacked

08. June 2015 · Comments Off on Pump the Breaks on IoT Devices: Why Security Needs to be Priority · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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.

Source: Pump the Breaks on IoT Devices: Why Security Needs to be Priority

07. June 2015 · Comments Off on iPhone Home Security System: Indiegogo Presence project · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

A new project on Indiegogo aims to improve home security by turning old iPhones and Android devices into security cameras and adding extra home sensors that can monitor certain activities.

Source: iPhone Home Security System: Indiegogo Presence project | BGR