Much of the potential of the smart home market remains unfulfilled, study shows

The advent of smart home technology has forever altered the landscape of the residential security industry. Due to the proliferation of smartphones, today’s consumers want to have the ability to interact with systems installed in their home in a more meaningful way.

Whether that is controlling the temperature in their house while they are away or arming their security system remotely from the office, these types of features are no longer considered “nice to have” but rather “must haves” for home security providers. In fact, a recent study conducted by NextMarket Insights forecasts the combined do-it-yourself (DIY) smart device home and managed smart home services market to be worth nearly $17.5 billion by 2019. Continue reading “Much of the potential of the smart home market remains unfulfilled, study shows”

Smart City Privacy Debates in the Digital Age of Information

Mia Nyegaard wants her privacy. It’s both a reasonable request and a tall order in this digital age of information.

Nyegaard makes chocolates for a living. She’s also a member of the Copenhagen municipal council where she is active on its projects to create a smart-city infrastructure. Nyegaard is no technologist, but she knows what she wants from technology. Continue reading “Smart City Privacy Debates in the Digital Age of Information”

Key Security Challenges IoT Is Facing

The Internet of Things (IoT) has the power to transform our lives, make us more productive at work, and keep us happier and safer at home.  However, it’s also developing at such a rate that it threatens to outstrip our ability to adequately secure it. A piece of software hasn’t been written yet that didn’t contain mistakes – after all, we’re only human. But with non-IoT security experts designing and building connected systems the risks grow ever greater. So what can be done? Continue reading “Key Security Challenges IoT Is Facing”

Teaching Cars to Watch the Road and the Driver (VIDEO)

New technology monitors outside your vehicle, but soon it could determine what’s happening inside. The term “self-driving cars” compels us to think about the futuristic “Jetsons.” But while we are light years away from cars that actually fly through the sky, we are getting closer to our cars being smart, savvy and, at least partially, autonomous. Continue reading “Teaching Cars to Watch the Road and the Driver (VIDEO)”

This Smart Walk Sign Knows If You Need Extra Time To Cross The Street (VIDEO)

When you’re waiting to cross the street, the crosswalk signal doesn’t know if you’re out for a morning run or you’re an 86-year-old with a walker. Like other infrastructure, it’s designed based on averages. But as smart tech grows in cities, a walk sign or streetlight may eventually know who someone is—and tailor itself for any particular needs. Continue reading “This Smart Walk Sign Knows If You Need Extra Time To Cross The Street (VIDEO)”