03. July 2017 · Comments Off on Home security companies fight to be the gateway drug for smart homes · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Home security is getting interesting. At the high end, there is a battle between service providers such as ADT, Honeywell and Alarm.com to roll out new services and connected offerings that cost less and provide more home automation. This involves partnerships with startups and legal battles galore.

Source: Home security companies fight to be the gateway drug for smart homes | Stacey on IoT | Internet of Things news and analysis

24. August 2016 · Comments Off on ?7 ways smart homes make life easier · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Think of all the ways smart phones have made our lives easier. We can hail rides, navigate streets, share photos and so much more. Now get ready for the next step in smart tech: fully connected smart homes that would make George Jetson proud.Today, just about anyone can turn their humble abode into a high-tech automated hub that not only keeps your family safe and secure, it also lets you monitor and control a slew of functions from anywhere using your phone, tablet or computer. For example, Cox Homelife, a reliable, 24/7 professionally monitored and remote home management system, provides advanced features in addition to what you get in a traditional alarm system with time-saving, cost-saving and worry-saving features to help customers protect, monitor and control their home and ensure their family’s safety.

Source: 7 ways smart homes make life easier – LA Times

18. August 2016 · Comments Off on Get Smart With Stacey: Is Apple HomeKit Worth the Hype?  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The smart home is gaining ground, but it’s still a muddle of confusing standards, competing platforms, and gadgets that don’t do what you might expect. But the promise of products that can make your life a little easier is hard to resist, so I’m here to answer the inevitable questions that arise.Whether it’s figuring out the best connected door lock to assembling the right recipe to wake you up with a faux sunrise at the optimal moment based on yourfitness tracker’s data, I’ve got you covered. As the host of The Internet of Things Podcast, I install a lot of gear and spend hours testing hardware and software to see what works. Smart homes are still pretty dumb, but I want to help you feel smart.

Source: Get Smart With Stacey: Is Apple HomeKit Worth the Hype? | Stacey Higginbotham | PCMag.com

17. August 2016 · Comments Off on Insurance Industry Takes Cautious Approach to Home Smart Devices  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The property and casualty insurance industry is taking a closer look at the potential for smart home devices. Observers expect that smart homes will have a similar effect on home insurance that telematics and the connected car did for auto insurance. Soon, carriers aim to use connected-home technology for claims avoidance, underwriting and improved interactions with homeowners beyond just creating a policy.

Source: Insurance Industry Takes Cautious Approach to Home Smart Devices | Information Management Online

21. June 2016 · Comments Off on How Google Home and Amazon Echo will convince people smart homes aren’t useless · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Google and Amazon’s entrance into the Internet of Things (IoT) industry will help sell the concept of a ‘smart home’, according to major tech players.The launch of smart home assistants like Google Home and Amazon Echo proves that the technology is rapidly approaching maturity, but the public has been noticeably slow to jump on board the connected bandwagon.However, Bosch, a company that has been very active in IoT, believes that these kind of products with wide consumer appeal will also benefit other manufacturers of smart home technology.

Source: How Google Home and Amazon Echo will convince people smart homes aren’t useless | IT PRO