Comcast Makes a Move on Home Automation, Dramatically Expands IoT Operating System with xFi

Comcast is providing its entire Xfinity services portfolio with expanded home automation capabilities through its xFi home operating system. More than 15 million subscribers now will have access to the suite of Comcast home automation services. The initiative will provide subscribers with smart home controls...Learn More

Report: Sense of Security is Key Driver for DIY Smart Home

The security market is expanding due to do-it-yourself (DIY) products and innovative service offerings, according to a new DIY smart home survey from Parks Associates. The firm said that the DIY approach–which features on-demand, no-contract monitoring options—will expand the market, especially among younger consumers. Nest,...Learn More

Home Security Satisfaction: Tightly Focused Companies Beat Out AT&T, Comcast

Two companies that focus primarily on security and automation grabbed the two top spots in a home security satisfaction survey from J.D. Power, followed by AT&T. Comcast, which like AT&T is a broadband provider that has also branched out into home security, came in sixth....Learn More

Comcast Strategy: We Intend to Own the Home

Comcast has set its sights on “owning the home,” said Matt Strauss, executive vice president of Xfinity Services for Comcast Cable, at a financial conference today. Strauss cited an example of how that Comcast strategy might be implemented: People using Comcast’s home control offering, dubbed...Learn More

AT&T LTE-M Internet of Things Network to Be Nationwide by 2Q

AT&T said its LTE-M Internet of Things (IoT) network will be available nationwide by the end of second quarter. That’s ahead of schedule, the company said. The news follows successful testing with a pilot network launched in California in October. Since then AT&T has added...Learn More

Smart Home Survey Finds Strong Interest in Smart Appliances, Voice-Controlled Speakers

Safety and comfort are the two main attributes U.S. homeowners are looking for and value most when it comes to smart home products, according to results of a smart home survey from Scripps Networks Interactive released last week. In a news release Scripps said American...Learn More

Report: IoT Device Penetration Reaches 62% of Americans

Just over 6 in 10 Americans (62%) own at least one IoT device, be it a connected/smart TV, car, fitness tracker, home control system, Internet-enabled voice command assistant, smart wearable device or VR headset, according to IoT device penetration research from the IAB (Interactive Advertising...Learn More

Rentals and Smart Home Survey Finds Competitive Edge

Travelers are more willing to make a reservation for short-term rental housing if the housing has smart home features, according to a rentals and smart home survey conducted by Edelman Intelligence for  smart home products provider August Home, Inc. Eighty percent of vacation guests and...Learn More

Network Attached Storage Forecast Driven by Video Surveillance

Consumer demand for network storage will fuel the market for consumer and SMB network attached storage (NAS) to grow at an 11% CAGR from 2016 to 2020, according to a network attached storage forecast from Technavio ICT. In addition to growing demand for personal data...Learn More

Comcast Adds New Video Camera and Voice Controls to Smart Home Platform

PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Comcast today unveiled a new Wi-Fi-enabled, high definition, indoor/outdoor camera, the latest in a series of new features and devices for its home security and automation platform, Xfinity Home. The company also added voice control to its home platform and is redesigning its own...Learn More

Cisco Forecast: 3.4 Devices Connected to the Internet Per Person by 2020

Worldwide there will be 3.4 devices connected to the Internet per person by 2020, according to the 11th annual update of the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI), which was released yesterday. More than 1 billion people and 10 billion new devices will be connected to...Learn More

Smart Home App Reviews: Researchers Find a Mixed Bag

Industry enthusiasm and sentiment are high, but it has been rough going for Smart Home tech developers and vendors as they try to bridge the gap between consumer expectations and device/app performance, according to an analysis of smart home app reviews conducted by Argus Insights....Learn More

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