Staking a Claim in the Connected Home: Service Provider Solutions | #TpromoCom #smarthome #homeautomation #home | The evolution of the connected home continues to create opportunities for communication service providers. This whitepaper presents strategies for operators to expand their footprint in the connected home…
ASSA ABLOY acquires August Home in the US | #TpromoCom #smarthome #homeautomation #acquisition #business | ASSA ABLOY has signed an agreement to acquire August Home, a leading smart lock business in the US.
“I am very pleased to welcome August into the ASSA ABLOY Group. August constitutes a strategic addition to the Group and reinforces our position in the residential smart door market,” says Johan Molin, President and CEO of ASSA ABLOY. To read the remainder of this news story, click here.
“August Home strengthens our residential smart door strategy with complementary smart locks, expansion into video doorbells and comprehensive solutions for home delivery,” says Thanasis Molokotos, Executive Vice President of ASSA ABLOY and Head of the Americas Division.
August was founded in 2013. It is headquartered in San Francisco, California and has approximately 90 employees.
Sales for 2018 are expected to reach around USD 60 million (approx. SEK 500 million). The acquisition will be dilutive to EPS.
The acquisition is conditional upon regulatory approval and is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2017.
The Best New Smart Home Technology of 2017 | #TpromoCom #smarthome #alarm #2017 | Technology seems to make leaps and bounds on a daily basis, and nothing has made home ownership easier than the advances in ‘smart home’ technology over the past decade. What was once unheard of or inconvenient is now realistically possible, from control centers that let us adjust the temperature of our houses from across the world to light bulbs that can be dimmed or switched off via smart phone. With so many new concepts hitting the shelves, it’d be a shame not to take advantage of what technology has to offer homeowners. Below is just a small list of some smart home tech that might be worth checking out: Click here to read the remainder of this informative article.
Nest Launches A Cheaper Thermostat To Bring The Smart Home To The Masses | #TpromoCom #Nest #thermostat #SmartAutomation | Aaron Tilley for Forbes: When Nest launched its Learning Thermostat in 2011, it seemed like the ultimate Silicon Valley extravagance. The $250 connected thermostat looked more like an iPhone than any humdrum appliance (which makes sense considering the cofounder, Tony Fadell, helped create the iPhone at Apple). Still, the company looked interesting enough for Google to shell out $3.2 billion to acquire it in 2014. As a unit under Alphabet, the company said it now sells “millions” of its devices around the world.
The company hopes to keep moving beyond the techie world with a much cheaper version of its thermostat. (click here)
BullGuard Launches Dojo, The World’s Most Comprehensive Smart Home Cybersecurity Solution | #TpromoCom #DoJo #cybersecurity #WiFi #security | Dojo is the only consumer cybersecurity product built from the ground up as an enterprise-grade, network security service for the smart home. There are billions of connected Internet of Things devices on the market today – from smart alarms, thermostats, baby monitors, smart appliances, lighting, locks and more. Dojo by BullGuard is built to protect them all. READ ON: Click Here
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| SAN FRANCISCO, May 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — BullGuard (http://www.bullguard.com), the number one rated, multi-award winning, consumer cybersecurity company today announced the official launch of Dojo by BullGuard, the world’s most comprehensive smart home cybersecurity solution.
Dojo is the only consumer cybersecurity product built from the ground up as an enterprise-grade, network security service for the smart home. There are billions of connected Internet of Things devices on the market today – from smart alarms, thermostats, baby monitors, smart appliances, lighting, locks and more. Dojo by BullGuard is built to protect them all. Available exclusively in the United States at launch, Dojo by BullGuard retails for $199 USD, including the first 12-months of service, and is available for purchase online at Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, and on shelves in brick-and-mortar BestBuy stores nationwide. View a short video of Dojo in action.
“Dojo by BullGuard is the cornerstone of a smart, connected home. It safeguards consumers’ privacy and protects their entire home network, but is also delivered in a way that is extremely easy for them to set up and use,” said Paul Lipman, CEO of BullGuard. “A smart home can quickly become a fool’s paradise when IoT devices are not properly secured. Dojo seamlessly protects the privacy and security of a consumer’s data, devices, home and family by monitoring the home network 24/7 against cyber threats. No other product provides the unrivaled deep multi-layered levels of protection as Dojo.”
Dojo by BullGuard provides enterprise-grade, multi-layered security software capable of handling a wide range of cybersecurity threats, with a major focus on protecting smart home devices. The Dojo by BullGuard smart home cybersecurity solution includes:
Dojo (hardware): A sleekly designed ‘pebble’ that is easy to set up and free to move about the home while its dock remains connected to the Wi-Fi router. The Dojo pebble illuminates rings of light when suspicious or malicious activity is detected on the user’s Wi-Fi network. Yellow rings indicate that a risk has been detected and automatically mitigated, while red rings of light indicate that an action must be taken in the Dojo smartphone app. Green rings of light indicate that the user’s network is secured and their privacy is intact.
Dojo smartphone app (iOS and Android): Allows consumers to interact with the Dojo pebble via a simple, intuitive messaging interface, which grants them visibility and control of their Wi-Fi network and connected devices and informs them of potential cyber threats.
Dojo Intelligence: Dojo’s cybersecurity engine provides a tailored security policy for each device on the home Wi-Fi network. This policy is enforced by the Dojo device, which constantly monitors and mitigates both internal and external attacks. Dojo’s cloud-based platform utilizes highly sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, continuously analyzing device and service patterns to protect a consumer’s privacy even better over time. The more Dojo familiarizes itself with a home’s smart devices, the smarter it becomes in detecting and mitigating cyber attacks and privacy breaches.
“Many IoT devices are notoriously insecure and it is relatively easy for hackers to exploit their vulnerabilities,” added Yossi Atias, General Manager, IoT Security of BullGuard. “We’ve seen major privacy breaches in recent months caused by compromised devices, including Mirai, the largest ever DDOS attack launched from an IoT botnet, smart TVs hacked by the CIA, and even smart Teddy Bears go from cuddly to creepy. Device manufacturers often sacrifice security for speed to market and consumers are unwittingly paying the price. Dojo solves the IoT security conundrum and protects every smart home device to ensure security and privacy.”
According to a recent report from Gartner, Inc., the number of connected IoT devices is forecast to reach 8.4 billion by the end of 2017 – up 31 percent from 2016 – and reach 20.4 billion by 2020. The Internet of Things market is growing at an exponential pace and with that growth comes an increased risk of cyber attacks. In a recent survey of 2000 U.S consumers conducted by BullGuard about IoT device adoption, nearly 70 percent of consumers said they have concerns about privacy invasion, and 23 percent stated that they lack the technical ability to secure their smart home devices. Dojo by BullGuard makes it easy for consumers to protect their privacy and their family by seamlessly monitoring and protecting all of their smart home devices against all cybersecurity threats.
About BullGuard BullGuard is the leader in consumer cybersecurity. As part of our ongoing promise to be the champion of today’s digital consumer, we’ve added to our multi-award winning product portfolio with Dojo by BullGuard. It’s the best custom-built solution to protect Wi-Fi enabled devices in the home. Dojo gives customers the freedom to add as many Smart Home devices as they want without compromising privacy or security. Dojo by BullGuard is the cornerstone of a Smart Home, ensuring a connected world where every consumer, in every home, is smart, safe and protected.
BJP leader accused of rape in moving bus after CCTV footage goes viral, held | #TpromoCom#rape#CCTV#police | The incident happened on June 27 last month on a Gadchiroli-bound bus where 48-year-old allegedly forced himself on the student. The CCTV camera located at the back of the bus recorded the incident from which the driver and his cleaners recorded the video from mobile phones. The duo soon made the video viral on social media.
Amazon is trying to strengthen its position against competing smart home products | #TpromoCom#Amazon#smarthome#market#business | Nicholas Shields for Business Insider: Developers for connected camera companies can now build skills to link their devices to the forthcoming Echo Show, Amazon’s most expensive smart speaker and the first to feature a screen, thanks to a new Smart Home Skill API.
A handful of companies have already taken advantage, including Netgear, Ring, and Vivint. These companies have built a feature allowing users to say, for example, “Alexa, show me the front door,” and the Echo Show will give the user a live stream of their front door or other location where a camera is installed. http://ow.ly/zoRo30dpjPG
CONNECTIONS™ Europe: IoT and the Connected Consumer | #TpromoCom #Parks #Connections #Event | to feature keynotes from Deutsche Telekom and Centrica. Parks Associates estimates approximately 7 million European households will have professionally monitored security by 2021 READ ON: Click Here
July 4, 2017
Parks Associates estimates approximately 7 million European households will have professionally monitored security by 2021
International IoT research firm Parks Associates announced today Deutsche Telekom AG and Centrica will be the keynote speakers at the 12th-annual CONNECTIONS™ Europe: IoT and the Connected Consumer, 1-2 November 2017 at the Amsterdam Marriott Hotel. The event, with early sponsorship support from Homematic IP, Qorvo, Amazon, Ayla Networks, mnubo, ROC-Connect, ULE Alliance, and Z-Wave, addresses deployment and consumer engagement strategies to secure recurring revenue with smart home and IoT solutions.
The research firm’s NUMBERS™ service forecasts that more than 4.3 million households in Western Europe and nearly 2.8 million in Eastern/Central Europe will have professionally monitored security by 2021. That same year, Western Europe will have more than 30 million unit sales of smart TVs.
CONNECTIONS™ Europe focuses on disruptions from innovative technologies and new business models and their impact on the converging smart home ecosystems. Keynote presenters include:
Matthias Mieves, Head, New Business, Sales & Marketing Connected Home, Deutsche Telekom AG
“The smart home concept is expanding across Europe as consumers explore innovative use cases with connected devices and services,” said Elizabeth Parks, SVP, Parks Associates. “At CONNECTIONS™ Europe, we will discuss positive trials and successful use cases in the smart home, plus strategies to tie together a variety of connected solutions to create a personalized user experience, which will lead positive revenue growth for companies in the IoT.”
Produced by Parks Associates, the 12th-annual CONNECTIONS™ Europe is a two-day executive conference focused on the impact of IoT on the consumer. The event explores innovative business strategies, new crossover industry partnerships, and advancements in IoT (Internet of Things) solutions that are creating more consumer engagement and business opportunities for smart home, cloud services, and connected entertainment solutions. Parks Associates industry analysts moderate all sessions, with discussion, insights, and networking with leading executives representing all IoT ecosystems.