Category Archives: SMART HOME

Global electronic locking market sees steady growth

electronic lockDespite stagnant and slowing construction rates in Europe and China, the global market for mechanical locks and door hardware is expected to continue along a path of steady growth. Locking device sales are forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5 percent, from $7.2 billion in 2014 to more than $9 billion in 2019.

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Korean firm launches world’s first 4G telecare solution for smart home

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Korean health care solution firm Hidea Solutions has launched the world’s first remote health care, or telecare, solution running on the Long Term Evolution, or 4G, network, dubbed LivOn Silvercare.  The LTE-based telecare solution is aimed at enabling caregivers to monitor elderly or people with disabilities in real time and respond to emergencies in a swift manner. Continue reading Korean firm launches world’s first 4G telecare solution for smart home

Iveda and Vietnam Telecom launch $2M of home automation

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Iveda, worldwide enabler of cloud-based video surveillance through licensing its Sentir® platform, executed a licensing and reselling agreement with Vietnam-based FPT Telecom, Inc. “The agreement represents a minimum of 10,000 devices and monthly Sentir licenses for cloud management within one year. The hardware revenue is anticipated to represent approximately $2 million of IvedaHome (smart home automation system). The monthly recurring Sentir license fee is $3 per month as each system is activated which will equate to $360,000 annually,” said Bob Brilon, Iveda president and CFO.

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Z-Wave sees further acceleration, announces mid-year milestones

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According to a new Markets and Markets report, the smart home industry is estimated to reach $58.68 billion by 2020. Segments such as security and smart locks are driving the smart home market currently and with over 90% penetration in this segment, the Z-Wave Alliance continues to grow the Z-Wave smart home ecosystem for consumers and manufacturers, alike. Continue reading Z-Wave sees further acceleration, announces mid-year milestones

Nest launches the Nest Cam

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Nest has just announced the Nest Cam. Take look at these latest updrades:

  • 1080p video (The last Dropcam was 720p)
  • It has a built-in tripod mount
  • Its base is magnetic, allowing it to be mounted to your fridge
  • 8 built-in infrared LEDs for night vision.
  • Like the Dropcam, the Nest Cam uses a cloud-based DVR to store video. Alas, also like the Dropcam, it sounds (so far) that that’s the only option for recording video— meaning if you want to record and store video (rather than just stream it) you’re looking at paying $100-$300 a year on top of the cost of the device. 10-days of video archiving will cost $10 a month; 30-days of archiving will cost $30 a month
  • You can mix Nests Cams and older Dropcams in your home, if you so choose. They’ll both appear in the newly designed Nest app for iOS and Android.

The Nest Cam will ship next week, and cost $199.

Nest Cam – Google’s new smart home security camera leaks ahead of launch

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Next week Google’s Nest Labs is widely expected to unveil its first security camera following the acquisition of Dropcam for $555 million in June 2014 but ahead of that launch, a leaked image of what is believed to be the camera has appeared on the website Droid-Life. Continue reading Nest Cam – Google’s new smart home security camera leaks ahead of launch

Lutron Caseta compatible with Apple’s HomeKit

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Lutron Electronics is pleased to announce its new Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge supports Apple’s HomeKit. The Smart Bridge is part of the Caséta Wireless Lighting Starter Kit, available at the Apple Store® beginning today. With the HomeKit-enabled Smart Bridge, homeowners can now control their Lutron Caséta Wireless dimmers using Siri on their iPhone®or iPad®. Continue reading Lutron Caseta compatible with Apple’s HomeKit

D-Link offers 802.11AC Wi-Fi camera for Home

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D-Link announced the HD Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-935L), the company’s first consumer camera with the latest generation 802.11AC wireless technology, is now shipping. The Wi-Fi Camera offers a fresh new look with advanced home and small business monitoring features, including sound detection, motion detection, triggered alerts, and day/night viewing for a robust and affordable surveillance solution. With 802.11AC Wi-Fi connectivity, users are able to connect it to the 5GHz wireless band providing a clearer channel for better bandwidth and video streaming, in addition to the standard 2.4GHz band.  Continue reading D-Link offers 802.11AC Wi-Fi camera for Home

Vivint introduces Wi-Fi enabled doorbell camera into its smart home platform

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Vivint  announced the Vivint Doorbell Camera, a new Wi-Fi enabled smart home product that integrates seamlessly with the Vivint Sky smart home system. Customers can engage in two-way conversations with visitors on their doorsteps from their mobile devices, and use Vivint’s smart home technology to remotely unlock the front door, open the garage door, disarm their security system and more. Continue reading Vivint introduces Wi-Fi enabled doorbell camera into its smart home platform

Leviton launches new Omni security and automation systems

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Leviton announced the launch of the EN50131 and PD6662 compliant Omni product family, comprised of EU versions of the OmniPro II, Omni IIe, and Omni LTe controllers in both English and Italian language versions, along with a new Tamper Kit for Omni security consoles. The Omni product family provides security and automation for homes and small commercial settings, connecting security devices, thermostats, light switches, telephone and backup battery with five built-in ports to connect additional control devices. Continue reading Leviton launches new Omni security and automation systems