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Amazon, Apple, Google and Zigbee Alliance partner

December 19, 2019SSN Staff

SEATTLE and CUPERTINO, MOUNTAIN VIEW and DAVIS, Calif.—Amazon, Apple, Google and Zigbee Alliance announced a new working group that plans to develop and promote the adoption of a new, royalty-free connectivity standard to increase compatibility among smart home products. Zigbee Alliance board member companies are also onboard to join the working group and contribute to the project.Called the Connected Home over IP project, the project's goal is to simplify development for manufacturers and...

Amazon, Amazon Alexa, Apple, Google, smart home, smart home technology, smart homes, Zigbee


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Residential

Hedge Tactical Solutions' real-time emergency response technology overrides silent mode on Apple devices

April 8, 2019SSN Staff

HUDSON, Wis.—Hedge Tactical Solutions, a real-time emergency response technology, reached an agreement with Apple Inc. to override the silent setting for its customers who have Apple products. All Apple devices, such as the iPhone and iPad, emit a loud audible tone during specific events like an Amber Alert, and now, all Hedge Tactical Solutions customers using Apple products will be alerted to an active shooter situation by a distinct audio alert.“This is a huge step forward in the development...

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Monitoring

Apple Watch SOS and mPERS: Apples and oranges?

July 14, 2016Spencer Ives

YARMOUTH, Maine—On first inspection, the Apple Watch's newly announced 'SOS' feature may seem similar to an mPERS device, but PERS experts who spoke to Security Systems News said comparing an Apple Watch with an mPERS device is like comparing apples and oranges.Apple in June announced new features for its Apple Watch 2, which its expects to release later this year. Here's how the Apple Watch SOS feature works: If an Apple Watch user holds down the device's side button, nearby emergency services...

Affiliated Monitoring, Apple, Brock Winzeler, Daniel Oppenheim, Freeus, Instant Care, mPERS, Nortek, PERS, Rich Darling


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Monitoring Matters

Industry reacts to Apple, other possible PERS threats

June 29, 2016Spencer Ives

In last week's Monitoring Matters blog, I discussed the Apple Watch's new SOS feature, and its similarities and differences between PERS functions. A few security professionals took me up on the opportunity to respond. Daniel Oppenheim, VP of Affiliated Monitoring, said that the heightened consumer awareness of personal emergency features could grow the market, instead of cannibalize it, and that the demographics are different. “I think the Apple Watch, specifically, is for a more mobile, more...

Affiliated Monitoring, Amazon, Apple, Brock Winzeler, Daniel Oppenheim, Freeus, Instant Care, Rich Darling


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Monitoring Matters

Will Apple take bite out of the PERS market?

June 22, 2016Spencer Ives

Apple recently announced a new 'SOS' feature coming to the Apple Watch—similar to a PERS device. If an Apple Watch user holds down the device's side button, emergency services local to that user's location will be notified, as well as emergency contacts. I spoke with former Numera CEO, current Group VP of the Nortek Innovations & Incubation Foundry, about how the Nortek offerings compare to the announced features of the Apple Watch SOS. He said one particular differentiator for Nortek is "the...

Apple, mPERS, Nortek, Tim Smokoff


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News and Notes

Smart home wars heating up

June 22, 2016Paul Ragusa, Editor

Just as we have seen with the smart phone revolution, the battle for the smart home looks like it will be just as hotly contested, as there is no denying that consumers today are embracing the smart home concept. Studies are popping up weekly confirming that demand is increasing for smart home products and services as homeowners learn more about smart home and home automation technology available today. The latest research, from market research firm Berg Insight out of Gothenburg, Sweden, shows that...

Amazon, Apple, Berg Insight, Google, Microsoft, smart home


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Residential

Lowe's Iris thriving two years after launch

August 6, 2014Tess Nacelewicz

MOOREVILLE, N.C.—In the two years since Lowe's launched Iris, the new do-it-yourself home automation/home security product is doing so well it's offered in Lowe's stores nationwide and the company is trialing a professional installation option for customers who need extra help.The home improvement retailer, based here, also recently announced the launch of some new Iris home automation products, including a smart garage door controller, an electronic pet door, a window blinds controller and...

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This Blog's on Fire (And Other Stuff)

Another tech giant making a $200m move into the connected home?

July 22, 2014Tess Nacelewicz

I've written recently about Google's $3.2 billion buy of smart thermostat and smoke alarm maker Nest Labs, and then Nest's $555 million plan to buy Dropcam, which makes video cameras that stream video to a user's computer or cellphone. Also, Apple in June introduced HomeKit, its new home automation/home security framework. Now, Samsung also may be making a home automation push with a $200 million buy of startup SmartThings, according to news reports. The potential deal was first reported in TechCrunch. Forbes...

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Also Noted

The iBridge Connected Home product now available for Apple, Google platforms.

July 3, 2014SSN Staff

AMITYVILLE, N.Y.—NAPCO Security Technologies announced June 30 that in order to provide customers with seamless integration of its products, iBridge Connected Home is now available for both Apple and Google platforms. Apple recently announced a move into the "smart home" technology sector. And Google entered the space early this year with the $3.2 billion buy of smart thermostat and smoke alarm maker Nest Labs. Now, Nest has announced a $555 million planned buy of Dropcam, which makes video...

Apple, Google, iBridge Connected Home, Napco Security Technologies, Richard Soloway


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On The Editor's Desk

Honeywell's Harkins transitions to new role

June 11, 2014Martha Entwistle

Honeywell's Scott Harkins is transitioning to a new role. Honeywell spokeman David Gottlieb today confirmed that “Scott Harkins has accepted a new role within Honeywell to help develop global growth opportunities within the Connected Home space. He will leave his current post as president of Honeywell Security Products Americas by the end of June.” Honeywell Security Group has not yet announced a successor to Harkins. “Honeywell Security Group has a strong leadership team in place...

Apple, Connected Home, David Gottlieb, Google, Honeywell Security Products Americas, Lyric, Nest, Scott Harkins, Security Systems News, thermostats


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