Bosch-Backed AnyVision Adds AI to Surveillance, but Pixelates Faces for Privacy

In June, Bosch acquired a 9% stake in Israel-based AnyVision, a provider of artificial intelligence (AI)-based person- and object-recognition technology.

CTA, SIA Blast Trump Tariffs as Bad for Smart-Home and Security

Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and Security Industry Association (SIA) say U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods will hurt the smart-home industry, especially the thermostat and security markets.

Review: TRENDnet NVR PoE+ Switch Provides Plenty of Power

The TPE-3018L features a bright LED display, and a generous power budget of 220W.

Microsoft President Wants Facial Recognition Regulated

In a blog post, Microsoft president Brad Smith emplores Congress to create a bipartisan expert commision to regulate the use of facial recognition technologies.

Nest Folds into Google’s Home Division; CEO Steps Down

Google realigns Nest into its home and living room products division to leverage AI and machine learning. CEO Farwan Marwaz steps down.

Fibaro Home Automation Acquired for $73M by European Controls Co.

Nice Group acquires Fibaro (Fibar Group S.A.), popular maker of Z-Wave sensors and smart-home hubs, shortly after acquiring Abode, a DIY security and home-automation company with professionally monitored alarm systems.

NACE President Aaron Starr Discusses Hot Security Categories, Dealer Support

Aaron Starr, president of North American Cable Equipment (NACE) believes its support mechanisms and training can help CE pros run their businesses more effectively.

Smart Bulb Startup BeON Home Shuts Down

BeON Home, manufacturer of Bluetooth Low Energy smart light bulbs, has closed its operation.

Analysis: SnapAV, Securitas Owner ‘Acquires’ SimpliSafe, Leading DIY Security Provider

Private Equity firm Hellman & Friedman acquires controlling stake in DIY security provider SimpliSafe. CE Pro’s Julie Jacobson reviews synergies with H&F portfolio companies SnapAV, Veritas (Security Direct) and HUB International insurance.

Lutron Blends with Z-Wave in Pinball Wizard’s Playful Smart Home

Buchan Consulting integrated an old hardwired Lutron HomeWorks system with new Z-Wave lighting and controllers to create one seamless Elan home-automation system for the guy who designed the iconic ‘Attack from Mars’ pinball machine.