New Smart-Home Devices Could Prevent Fires or at Least Save Lives

Modern-day IoT devices might prevent fires like the recent Bronx apartment blaze, or at least mitigate the spread of flames and loss of life. Multiple life-saving home smart-home devices debut at CES 2018.

Roku Expands Platform to Include OEM Alliances and Voice Control

Roku foresees a broad home entertainment landscape with the TV serving as the focal point.

IC Realtime’s ‘Google for Video Surveillance’ with Deep Learning: Hey Ella, Find Red Hats

Based on Camio visual AI engine built by former Google Search execs, new Ella from IC Realtime quickly identifies objects and text (OCR) in surveillance videos at consumer-friendly prices.

Product Briefs: Catalyst AV; Russound and Alexa; iPoint adds Marketing

CE Pro new products – home automation, audio, video, IoT, motorized shades, lighting control, energy management, home theater, networking and more.

Illegal Drugs Delivered by Drones: Don’t Do That

A California couple was arrested for allegedly using a drone to deliver illicit goods.

Why Integrator Maxsystems Keeps $250k Cash on Hand

$2.4M integrator Maxsystems builds recurring revenue (RMR) through security and service contracts, hires newbies with a ‘sparkle’ on the spot, doles out random amounts of cash to deserving employees.

Parks Associates: Security and Smart Home Research for 2017

Parks Associates and CE Pro sister publication Security Sales & Integration reveal statistics on security and smart-home adoption and consumer preferences.

New Products Archive – Q4 2017

CE Pro new products archive – home automation, audio, video, IoT, motorized shades, lighting control, energy management, home theater, networking and more.

ADT Officially Files for $1.5B IPO

ADT files with SEC seeking to raise $100 million to $1.5 billion in IPO that values the security giant at $15 billion.

Security Industry Worries about Net Neutrality Repeal

AT&T, Comcast and other ISPs own security and surveillance businesses. Will they favor their own businesses when it comes to bandwidth allocation?