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The NextMarket Report — Z-Wave

Smart Home Weekly: B8ta Test, Z-Wave Ups Security, UPnP+OIC, SmartThings Goes Premium

Mike Wolf Alljoyn B8ta IoT OIC OnHub retail Scout SmartThings UPnP Z-Wave

While most everyone in connected home business being either head's down preparing for CES or slowing down for the holidays (or both), there has been some interesting news coming out in advance of the big show in Vegas.  Maybe the most interesting is the launch of b8ta, a new retail store for IoT. I write about it here and will be publishing a podcast interview with Phillip Straub, cofounder of b8ta, later today. You'll be able to find that here by this evening. There's also been news on the smart home technology front, with OIC absorbing UPnP and Z-Wave upping its security game...

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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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Harmony Adds More Smart Home Devices, Still Hasn't Shipped Z-Wave/Zigbee Extender

Mike Wolf August Harmony INSTEON Logitech Z-Wave Zigbee

While lots of folks are speculating about voice, motion and wearable control of the smart home, Logitech keeps plugging along with its Harmony remote lineup. Logitech's move into the smart home with its Harmony line was announced almost a year ago, and in January the company announced an API for integration with the device, but since things have been fairly quiet on the smart home front (Mark Spates, who was helping to drive the platform, left for Google in July). To be fair, the company has been periodically updating us on more integration. The company added Ube and Ivee in...

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Smart Home Weekly: Nest's Next, HomeKit's 180 Million, Windows-AllJoyn

Mike Wolf Alljoyn Canary Dropcam Google HomeKit Microsoft Nest Weave Z-Wave

It's been a busy week at NextMarket as we launched our first event, the Smart Kitchen Summit. We did also manage to get our HomeKit Forecast report, which is part of our new Smart Home Insider service (email us for more info). But that will not keep us from providing necessary context and analysis for the smart home news. This week was an interesting one too, with the first HomeKit products shipping, news of Nest's presser and a few smaller bits and pieces. You can check out our takes below. Like always, if you haven't subscribed to our newsletter and...

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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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