"home networks" articles

It's about a month late, but I wanted to make note of some consumer storage announcements and product revelations from CES that I thought were relevant. Windows Home Server Announcements First, the Windows Home Server folks announced that Shuttle and VIA have joined HP in developing home servers. Here is the rundown of the Windows Home Server products: * Shuttle: The Shuttle Home Server will be available in a basic 500GB version – the SH-4500 – and a 500GB version with...
 
by | Feb. 3, 2009
Tags: CES, home networks
On January 27, 2009, Cisco announced that it was acquiring a company that provides middleware to bridge between the IT and building management systems. Cisco says that the acquisition of Richards-Zeta Building Intelligence can allow IT systems - including servers, phones, Telepresence, digital signage, and networking equipment - to be managed in much the same way as security, HVAC, and other building management systems. CNET reported yesterday that this acquisition plays into...
 
by | Jan. 28, 2009
Tags: connected CE, home networks, mobile, smartphones
New report reveals monitoring makes up 75% of home security revenues -- Monitoring revenues are still the financial bedrock of the U.S. security industry, constituting 75% of all revenue, according to Home Systems: Home Security Update, which reports monitoring will cushion this market during the recession. This new report from Parks Associates finds the number of monitored security households intending to cancel their service is only 4-8% higher than normal due to the...
It looks like the home networking industry is partying like it's 1999 ... all over again. The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) has announced the creation of the ATIS Home Networking (HNET) Forum. With the Forum’s creation, ATIS now houses the single, centralized body responsible for comprehensively addressing home networking standards. ATIS’ HNET Forum is unique in that it’s the only body to holistically assess the wide variety of on-going home...
 
by | Jan. 16, 2009
Tags: home networks
Many manufacturers are developing apps that make Apple's ubiquitous mobile device a touchpanel controller for automation, lighting, distributed audio and more. Apple’s iPhone is doubling as a new type of touchpanel controller these days. Apple has already sold more than 6 million iPhones, and many home control companies are capitalizing on that trend by engineering their systems to communicate directly with the mobile device, as well as with Apple’s iPod and iPod touch...
Powerline should be worth watching in 2009 as we see the progression of the IEEE and the ITU standards that hopefully can resolve the massive confusion that has existed with multiple specifications on the market. Arkados made several interesting powerline-related announcements last week that indicate to me the wide potential that this networking can serve for not only AV type of configurations, but also control. Here's a sampling of what news I received: * Checkolite...
 
by | Jan. 12, 2009
Tags: CES, home networks
Macrovision had several announcements from last week, including: It introduced its next generation Interactive Program Guide (IPG) that can help consumers enable access to broadcast, personal and premium content from one screen. This next-generation IPG is being developed under the project name “Neon" and is aimed at the consumer electronics industry. Neon features include: * Rich program descriptors and cover art for TV shows * A personalized TV...
 
by | Jan. 12, 2009
Tags: connected CE, digital media, home networks, OTT, streaming
Rick Merritt at EE Times would like to think so, anyway. Silicon Image is targeting silicon-based solutions for whole-house secure media distribution, arguing that CE manufacturers are more silicon based than software-based (taking a swipe for sure at DLNA). LiquidHD is a new personal entertainment technology designed to quickly and easily connect TVs, consumer electronics (CE) devices, personal computers (PCs), portable media devices (PMDs) and home theaters into a seamless...
 
by | Jan. 12, 2009
Tags: connected CE, home networks, smart home

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