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Oct. 14, 2014: Google-Backed Home Automation Group Accepting New Members

Thread Group to Build Connected Home Products Using Its New Wireless Networking Protocol

The Thread Group announced that it has opened membership and will begin accepting applications from companies interested in using the Thread protocol in their products. The group was established in July by seven companies to develop Thread, a new IP-based wireless mesh networking protocol designed specifically for the home.


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Oct. 7, 2014: ZigBee Alliance Announces Updated Remote Control Standard for Smart Homes

Consumers Can Directly Control All Devices in a Home with One Remote Control

The ZigBee Alliance has announced the ratification of the ZigBee Remote Control 2.0 standard for smart home remote control using fast, reliable radio frequency technology.


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On the Way to Safe and Secure Smart Homes and Buildings

Researchers Are Looking to Prevent Hacker Attacks

A growing number of household and building operations can be managed via the Internet. Today’s smart homes and smart buildings promise convenient, efficient building management. But often these systems are not secure. Scientists are working on a software product that defends against hacker attacks before they reach the building.


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Sept. 9, 2014: Home Automation Firms Join ‘Works with Nest’ Program

Control4, Crestron, Remote Technologies Inc., and Universal Remote Control Now Work with Nest

Nest Labs Inc. announced today the addition of Control4, Crestron®, Remote Technologies Inc. (RTI), and Universal Remote Control (URC) — along with Dropcam — to the increasing number of products, apps, and services that work with Nest products.


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Sept. 8, 2014: Lowe’s Survey Finds Most Americans Favorable Toward the Smart Home

Fifty-Two Percent Feel That Having a Smart Home Is at Least Somewhat Important to Them

A new smart home study released by Lowe’s found that more than 70 percent of smart phone users in America just wish they could control something in their home from their mobile device without getting out of bed. Lowe’s 2014 Smart Home Survey examined Americans’ attitudes and experiences with home automation.


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Direct Energy Partnership to Bring Smart Home to Texas Customers

Direct Energy Will Offer Smart Home Starter Kits from SmartThings

Direct Energy, one of the largest retail providers of electricity, natural gas, and home services in North America, has launched a partnership with SmartThings to bring the smart home to energy customers in Texas.


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Aug. 25, 2014: Samsung to Acquire Smart Home Company, SmartThings

SmartThings Allows Homeowners to Monitor, Control, and Automate Their Homes from Wherever They Are Through a Single App

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire SmartThings, a leading open platform for the smart home. Samsung said that, with its resources, SmartThings will be able to expand its platform and support even more devices.


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Aug. 13, 2014: Home Automation App Offers Support for Nest Thermostat

Enables Users to Quickly Set Up Automated Actions for the Home

Revolv Inc., a home automation app developed to unify control of smart home devices from a single app, has announced its new support for Android and official integration with the Nest Learning Thermostat™. In addition, the company released an updated version of its iOS app.


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July 29, 2014: Open Interconnect Consortium Established to Advance Internet of Things

First Open Source Code Will Target the Requirements for Smart Home and Office Solutions

Technology companies Atmel Corp., Broadcom Corp., Dell, Intel Corp., Samsung Electronics, and Wind River announced they are joining to establish a new industry consortium focused on improving interoperability and defining the connectivity requirements for the numerous devices that will make up the Internet of Things (IoT).


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July 28, 2014: Younger Consumers Leading Adoption of Smart Home Products

Smart Thermostats, Smart Lighting, and Smart Appliances Entering the Market in Growing Numbers

New research from Parks Associates shows young consumers, those with children, and those in a home for three to four years are leading the adoption of Internet-connected smart home energy management devices.


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Chris Mathis, president of Mathis Consulting Co. and vice chair of ASHRAE’s residential ad hoc committee, talks about ASHRAE’s exploration into the residential market. Posted on Oct. 17.

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