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The NextMarket Report — security

Smart Home Weekly: Amazon Expands Echo-Sphere, Mozilla's Smart Home, Brita's Dashing Pitcher

Mike Wolf Alexa Amazon Dash DIY Security Dot Echo Korner Security Tap

It seems like every week we have more Amazon news to parse and digest, and this week is no different. In fact, as I was thinking about today's newsletter, I'd intended to lead with the news of Brita's new Dash-powered water pitcher, maybe spice it up with a little update on the Dash extended ecosystem. But apparently that's not enough for you, is it Amazon? Nooo. The Brita news is small potatoes compared to the bombshell that Amazon dropped today about two new devices it is launching into the Echo-sphere. I have a full writeup on the news, but the short-short is that Amazon intro'd the Dot,...

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DIY Security Validation: Korner Scares Burglar, Makes News

Mike Wolf DIY Security Korner Security

Being a startup in the smart home industry can be tough. Not only is there lots of competition, but usually you have to spend lots of time and money educating the consumer about what your product does.Smart home gear tailored towards home security has it a little easier, since most consumers understand that security keeps bad guys away. But when your product is a sub-$100 device with no 24/7 monitoring like the big boys, you then have to spend much of your time creating a compelling message that your low-cost gear can do the job.This was the challenge faced by...

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Z-Wave Intros 'HomeKit' Level Security Algorithm Into Core Security Framework

Mike Wolf security Z-Wave

One of the bigger themes around IoT in 2015 - and one that will likely be even bigger in 2016 - is security. Nowhere is the continued rise to prominence of security as an issue for IoT more evident than at security conferences like DEF CON, where each year speakers warn of the imminent danger in a world where everything is connected. In fact, IoT got top billing at this year's DEF CON, where one of the conference's famed "hacking villages" was IoT themed for the very first time.  It makes sense then that one of the primary consumer-centric IoT networking technologies,...

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SmartThings Introduces Scout Monitoring As First Premium Service

Mike Wolf Scout security SmartThings

From almost the get-go, one of the most promising aspects of the SmartThings DIY smart home offering was as a "platform" for third party devices, applications and related services. The company invested early on in application developer tools and hired business development folks to water and feed their developer ecosystem, and the end result was an impressive array of apps and devices that work today with SmartThings. However, for all of that investment, there hasn't been a whole lot of activity around premium service offerings. I'm not sure if this is so much an oversight as a lack of compelling offerings in...

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Smart Home News Quick Hits: June 1-5 Edition: Canary, IKEA, Z-Wave

Mike Wolf Canary IKEA Security Z-Wave

We've looked at the big stories from the past week, but let's quickly analyze other interesting smart home news from the past week: DIY Security Startup Canary Gets $30 Series B Canary, one of the first DIY home security appliance makers, has announced a series B funding round of $30 million (their series A was for $10 million).  The company has successfully delivered its first generation device, and with that proof point in their pocket they went back to the funding well. My personal experience with the new DIY security appliance has been a good one so far - I've been...

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