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The NextMarket Report — Smart Lock

Sesame Smart Lock Missing Ship Date, Backers Get Restless

Mike Wolf goji Sesame smart lock

I admit it, one of my favorite nerdy past times is checking in on Kickstarter campaigns to see how things are moving, if deadlines are being met, and if backers are being satiated with updates in the case that deadlines are slipping. While it's not smart home, one of my favorites to watch is Agent Watch. The reason I check in every so often on their campaign is I think its a fascinating and instructive look at how even the most capable campaign creator can sometimes meet significant challenges in delivering product.  Chris Walker, the creator of the campaign and...

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Danalock Second Generation Smart Locks Coming This Fall, Zigbee Now Included

Mike Wolf Danalock Smart lock

I recently had a conversation with the CEO of Polycontrol,  Henning Overgaard, and he had some interesting things to tell me. One is this: new Danalock models are coming this fall which, according to Overgaard, are much improved over the previous generation. He told me they learned a lot from the first generation product locks, which were the first models on the market to include both Bluetooth/Z-Wave as well as work with European style mortise locks.   While they were sufficiently differentiated in the market based on those two features, the Overgaard told me they realized quickly products for the the US market...

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Yale Puts Hold On NFC Smart Lock

Mike Wolf NFC Smart Lock Yale

Just had an interesting conversation with Jason Williams, the GM of Residential Locks for Assa Abloy (the company behind the Yale lock brand). He told me that while their Zigbee and Z-Wave lock business continues to hum, the NFC lock they announced at CES has been put on hold indefinitely. The reason was the fairly messy NFC landscape when it comes to mobile phones.  "Unlike Bluetooth, where implementations on phone are fairly standard, we didn't see enough stability with NFC to confidently launch product right now." I asked him about a Bluetooth smart lock for residential and while he didn't have anything...

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Smart Lock Funding Frenzy Continues As Unikey Gets $10 Million Series A

Mike Wolf August Kwikset Samsung Smart Lock Unikey

Follow @michaelwolf Ok, so maybe 'frenzy' is too strong a word, but after August's $38 million series B about two weeks ago, we're seeing some significant validation of the market. I had a chance to talk to Unikey CEO Phil Dumas, and he made it clear the focus of this funding round was on strategic investors rather than traditional VCs: "Although we let some traditional VCs in this round, it was more important for us to bring in strategic investors." Some of the 'strategic investors' that were part of the round include CBRE (a $9 billion commercial real estate company) and Samsung.  Why...

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Smart Home Weekly: Zigbee's Millions, Sesame Smart Lock, Meld's Cooking Knob, Smart Neighborhoods

Mike Wolf Amazon Amazon Echo GreenPeak Meld Sesame Smart Kitchen Smart Kitchen Summit smart lock Thread Zigbee

This is the Smart Home Weekly for the week of April 13th.   It's been a busy week or two in smart home, and that's if we're just talking about Amazon. Not only did they launch their home services efforts, but they put out a Dash Button and then showed us their hand on the Amazon Echo's smart home capabilities.  Looking beyond the online commerce giant, other big stories include the Zigbee/Thread deal, a new smart knob called Meld and smart lock maker Sesame hitting a cool million. NextMarket also had the exclusive on a forthcoming smart neighborhood security system that will...

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