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“Home automation and professional security monitoring don’t usually mix”: Essence Q&A – IFSEC Global

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Evolving technology is upending traditional business models in the professional security monitoring market, as Rafi Zauer of Essence noted in conversation with IFSEC Global. We asked the Israeli-headquartered company’s head of marketing about the benefits of a cloud-based model, why he thinks security and home automation don’t tend to mesh together well, the barriers to mass market adoption of home automation and about the company’s strategic direction. In its…

European home automation market to reach $806.1 million by 2022 – The Internet of Business (blog)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

(Credit: Xfinity) A new Frost & Sullivan report sets the scene for double-digital growth in the European home automation market. The European home automation market is set to reach $806.1 million by 2022, according to a new report by analyst company Frost and Sullivan. The report, European Home Automation Systems Market, Forecast to 2022, states that the market will see double-digit growth, recording a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.8 per cent….

Double-digit Growth of European Home Automation Systems Market Fuelled by Connectivity and User-interactive … – PR Newswire (press release)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Products and services associated with home automation and smart and connected homes have changed the consumer’s perception of technological innovation. They are being remodelled into a connected and personalised ecosystem of services. Home automation systems (HAS) and solutions have created a home environment whereby seamless experiences and high comfort levels can be achieved, especially in the ‘luxury’ end of the market. Connectivity and response from establishing user-interactive features are…

New large agreement strengthens Solar’s position in the future of home automation – Nasdaq

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Press release The Norwegian company Viva Labs, Solar’s partner in home automation, lands a large agreement with the telecommunications company Telekom Austria Group. The agreement strengthens Solar’s position as a sourcing and services company, opens up new geographical markets and creates new opportunities for growth and digital business development. Viva Labs, partly owned by Solar, has entered into an agreement with Telekom Austria Group, TAG,…

These 23 Secrets From a Former Disney World Employee Will Make Your Jaw Hit the Floor – POPSUGAR

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Is Disney really all it’s cracked up to be? Believe it or not, you’ll be hard-pressed to find many former or current employees who don’t have good things to say — for the most part. Either there’s something in the water, or the company truly is great at what it does (we’ll go with the latter). A former Walt Disney World employee did an AMA on Reddit that answered some…

Ikea’s multi-color smart bulbs are now widely available – The Verge

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ikea smart lighting is now a lot more colorful thanks to the broad availability of the first RGB lights in the company’s TRÃ…DFRI range. The E27-sized bulbs (the standard chubby ones used in lamps) began sneaking into stores around the world last month; now they’re on the Ikea website where a spot-check of its physical stores shows plenty of stock across the US. They aren’t available to purchase on-line, however,…

Double-digit Growth of European Home Automation Systems Market Fuelled by Connectivity and User-interactive … – Markets Insider

Monday, October 16, 2017

LONDON, Oct. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Unambiguous business models, frequent innovations on Internet of Things, cloud services, Big Data platforms, rise of connected devices, and dependency on technology are some of the drivers propelling double-digit growth in the European home automation market. Products and services associated with home automation and smart and connected homes have changed the consumer’s perception of technological innovation. They are being remodelled into a…

New large agreement strengthens Solar’s position in the future of home automation – Nasdaq

Monday, October 16, 2017

Press release The Norwegian company Viva Labs, Solar’s partner in home automation, lands a large agreement with the telecommunications company Telekom Austria Group. The agreement strengthens Solar’s position as a sourcing and services company, opens up new geographical markets and creates new opportunities for growth and digital business development. Viva Labs, partly owned by Solar, has entered into an agreement with Telekom Austria Group, TAG,…

Ikea’s multi-color smart bulbs are now widely available – The Verge

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Ikea smart lighting is now a lot more colorful thanks to the broad availability of the first RGB lights in the company’s TRÃ…DFRI range. The E27-sized bulbs (the standard chubby ones used in lamps) began sneaking into stores around the world last month; now they’re on the Ikea website where a spot-check of its physical stores shows plenty of stock across the US. They aren’t available to purchase on-line, however,…

Smart Living | Tips from the experts – KFSN-TV

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Click on the logos below for Smart Living tips from local businesses. If you need more help, you can contact these businesses directly. All of the businesses listed in the ABC30 Smart Living section have an A- or better rating with the Better Business Bureau of Central California. To find more BBB Accredited Business in the Central Valley, Click here. The Better Business Bureau of Central California strives to promote…

Brilliant Raises $21 Million Series A To Bring Smart Home … – PR Newswire (press release)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

“We created the Brilliant Control so anyone can easily access any smart home product with touch or voice from anywhere in the house,” said CEO and Co-founder Aaron Emigh. “Ambient computing is the next big technology trend, and the home will be the battleground. Support from investors of this caliber is a validation that a great experience is critical in the smart home of the future.” …

App Fatigue in Smart Homes and Smart Apartments – IoT For All (blog)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

I was recently at a friend’s house for an end of summer pool party with the kids. Like many in single family homes today, our friends have their place outfitted with several IoT devices. My friend was using an August lock to remotely give his cleaners and dog walkers access to the home, a Nest thermostat to control temperatures and schedules from his phone, and his new pool was equipped…

Smart living concept set to drive future homes market – Khaleej Times

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

When it comes to convenience, saving on bills, and customising a space to suit their tastes, smart living technologies are increasingly finding a home in the UAE. Several experts at the Gitex Technology Week 2017 exhibition spoke to Khaleej Times about the latest technologies in the sector and how they can be used to improve a user’s lifestyle. “We are continuously investing in the digital environment…

Ikea’s multi-color smart bulbs are now widely available – The Verge

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Ikea smart lighting is now a lot more colorful thanks to the broad availability of the first RGB lights in the company’s TRÃ…DFRI range. The E27-sized bulbs (the standard chubby ones used in lamps) began sneaking into stores around the world last month; now they’re on the Ikea website where a spot-check of its physical stores shows plenty of stock across the US. They aren’t available to purchase on-line, however,…

Brilliant Raises $21 Million Series A To Bring Smart Home Automation To Everyone – PR Newswire (press release)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

“We created the Brilliant Control so anyone can easily access any smart home product with touch or voice from anywhere in the house,” said CEO and Co-founder Aaron Emigh. “Ambient computing is the next big technology trend, and the home will be the battleground. Support from investors of this caliber is a validation that a great experience is critical in the smart home of the future.” …

You Can Get 1-Way Tickets as Low as $49 With Southwest’s 72-Hour Sale! – POPSUGAR

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

If you live for a good deal (and who doesn’t?), now’s your chance to save major cash on travel. Southwest is running a 72-hour sale on flight fares to and from cities all over the US, with some one-way tickets going for as low as just $49. Round-trip fares are even falling below $100 in certain cases, depending on the departure city and distance of flight. Your tickets must be…

Smart Home Superstore: Best Buy to Expand Home Automation, Security Offerings – Security Sales & Integration

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Best Buy plans to expand Smart Home Powered by Vivint home automation and security to 450 stores and add 1,500 dedicated smart home employees. Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) is doubling down on the smart home market as part of its goal to hit $43 billion in revenue by fiscal year 2021. Could a big box retailer putting this much emphasis on security and home automation potentially hurt professionals? The company announced during…

Ikea’s multi-color smart bulbs are now widely available – The Verge

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Ikea smart lighting is now a lot more colorful thanks to the broad availability of the first RGB lights in the company’s TRÃ…DFRI range. The E27-sized bulbs (the standard chubby ones used in lamps) began sneaking into stores around the world last month; now they’re on the Ikea website where a spot-check of its physical stores shows plenty of stock across the US. They aren’t available to purchase on-line, however,…