Amazon recently announced Amazon Key, a new service allowing for delivery when homeowners aren’t home by giving drivers a special digital key. With the help of a compatible smart lock and security camera, delivery drivers will be able to unlock the front door and deliver the package inside, all while the customers watches from their smartphone.
Amazon Key will be available on November 8 in 37 cities and surrounding areas across the U.S., with more locations rolling out over time. Delivery is available on tens of millions of items sold on Amazon.com and the delivery is available at no extra cost for Prime members. Amazon Key works with Same-Day, One-Day, Two-Day and Standard Shipping. Once set-up is complete, receiving in-home delivery is as simple as a click: customers select “in-home” while shopping and Amazon handles the rest. No passcodes, no fuss.
Johnson Controls announces the immediate availability of the DSC iotega, its next generation wireless security and automation solution designed to provide safer and smarter living for homes and small businesses. With built-in, industry-leading PowerG wireless technology, iotega provides a fully encrypted security system that elevates homes and businesses to a new level of security while including remote interactive smart services and allowing new revenue streams for security dealers. It provides superior reliability with end-to-end 128-bit AES encrypted 2-way sensors and includes multiple advanced security features such as a built-in siren, 2-way voice, 99 user codes and Transport Layer Security.
International research firm Parks Associates announced that Tom Kerber, Director of IoT Strategy, examines key trends in the residential home security market and how smart safety and security products impact the competitive landscape. The firm recently released the consumer research Smart Home Devices: User Experience, which shows security is the strongest driver for smart home adoption.
“Security is always too much until the day that it is not enough.” This quote, coined by former FBI director William H. Webster, perfectly summarizes the physical security industry. The irony of this fact is that a well-functioning security solution is transparent to the end-user. It is only if the security system fails that it comes to the attention of management. For this reason, both developers and condominium boards have shown some reluctance to invest in high-end security methods. There are many good reasons for this hesitation. Previously any security system over and above a camera system (referred to as a video surveillance system or VSS) has been seen as an upgrade due to the cost of the equipment and of running cables. Recent advances in the equipment have made VSS, and other technologies, much more useful and affordable to condominiums.
Emergency Communications Network (ECN), a leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider of critical event management and emergency notification systems, announced it has acquired Send Word Now, a global leader in enterprise notification solutions. The combined companies have rebranded as OnSolve. Through this acquisition and ECN’s 2016 acquisition of MIR3, OnSolve is uniquely positioned to address the accelerating demand for standalone software-based communications solutions, and notification and alerting functionality that can be integrated directly into other critical business systems.
Best Buy and Vivint Smart Home announced a strategic partnership to give customers an easy way to automate and manage their homes, called Best Buy Smart Home powered by Vivint. With a nationwide rollout beginning this summer, Best Buy customers will be able to visit one of more than 400 of the chain’s large-format stores to consult with a smart home expert, design a comprehensive system, and receive professional installation and monitoring, often within 24 hours.
Who would you expect such a reaction from? Probably a rich, techie tycoon or at the very least a gaming geek? As a vendor that serves many ISP’s, I can testify that only a handful of premium customers get these speeds. Well, not this time! This was the reaction of a “Digital Alien” in a Cleveland homeless shelter.
Essence USA, a leading provider of connected living solutions, has partnered with Affiliated, the United States’ number one call center monitoring company, to launch a robust and customizable dealer program centered around Essence’s innovative suite of PERS products. The fully customizable program gives dealers a range of options about how to best run their PERS offerings, including order fulfillment – direct to the consumer or distributed to the dealer, customer service, invoicing and collections, equipment retrieval, and refurbishment, and branding options.
Tyco Security Products, part of Johnson Controls, announces the launch of iotega, its next generation wireless security and automation platform designed to provide safer, smarter, living for homes and businesses. iotega is an innovative security and lifestyle management platform, which is supported by Tyco Security Product’s trusted, full-featured security technology and facilitates home automation enhancements and add-ons via software apps running on additional devices. Discrete in design, iotega includes a touch keypad, as well as optional 7″ Wi-Fi capacitive touchscreens, wireless keypad arming stations and flexible software app compatibility.