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Honeywell To Spin Off ADI

Honeywell International unveiled a corporate makeover today that will tie its growth more strongly to aerospace technology and spin off other businesses as two publicly-traded companies by the end of 2018. This move is the result of its comprehensive portfolio review, including its intention to separately spin off its Homes product portfolio and ADI global distribution business, as well as its Transportation Systems business, into two stand-alone, publicly-traded companies.

Safer, Smarter Living With iotega

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.

Myfox to Unveil New Standard in Home Security at CES Show

Myfox, the European smart home security expert, today announced that it will unveil its new Myfox Security System at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES®) in Las Vegas. CES 2015 marks both the company’s US launch and the launch of a new standard in home security. The new Myfox Security System along with other new Myfox products will be introduced at CES. Unveiled on January 4 and showcased throughout the duration of CES 2015 at Sands Booth 71429.

Belkin WeMo Home Automation Line Expands With Family of New Sensors

Belkin’s iOS-friendly WeMo home automation line took another big step forward today with the announcement at CES in Las Vegas of a new line of sensors. For those who want to create a subscription-free security system, the new devices are just what the doctor ordered. The sensors are battery-powered with a one-year battery life, perfect for easy installation by anyone.

D-Link’s Latest Smart Home Hub Lets You Add Devices With a Scan

How cheap is too cheap? D-Link has found the sweet spot between low-priced, but low-quality smart home systems and pricey security systems. It’s now planning on opening up its system to many more accessories, judging by the DCH-G020 connected home hub that just passed through the FCC.

Federal Court Agrees With EFF, Throws Out Six Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

As we have been following on SecurityHive.com, the use as evidence of video surveillance of a camera pointed at the front of a home (or business) from a "public vantage point" is working its way through the courts. Where an Appeals Court had previous allowed such evidence, now a judge has ruled that such evidence gathering activities violates the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. As posted on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s website: The public got an early holiday gift today when a federal court agreed with us that six weeks of continually video recording the frontyard of someone’s home without a search warrant violates the Fourth Amendment.

Swann Bets Home Security Trumps Automation in the Internet of Things

he Swann security system supports its own hardware, but also third-party products such as the Philips Hue Lighting system and the Nest thermostat (as well as its own). When the chief executive of Swann Security popped into see the chief technology officer a year or two ago, the resulting conversation changed the strategic direction of the company.

Swann sold security cameras and other sensors through retailers such as Harvey Norman and Dick Smith. It was a good business that was enjoying a period of sustained growth.

Cocoon Is a Smart Home Security Device That Uses Infrasonic Sound to Detect Intruder

Think of Cocoon as a guard dog (dogs are known for their ability to hear ultrasound, or sound frequencies above 20,000 Hz, while infrasound is below 20 Hz but you get the idea); one that can send you a push notification and an email whenever something seems amiss. And of course, it can also detect run-of-the-mill sound frequencies too.<

Deck the Halls With Smart Home Technology

2014 will go down in history as the year smart home technology went mainstream. Rapidly evolving security, entertainment, cleaning, and mobile technology have made home automation more affordable and easier to integrate than ever before. And this holiday season is the perfect time to give yourself and others the gift of smart home convenience.