Help Keep Your Home Safe with These 4 Smart Security Gadgets | TechCommuters

Safety and security systems for homes have increasingly become necessary. They can control electronic locks for doors, windows, and the car garage from a digital panel inside the house.

If you want an undetectable intrusion sensor for easily breached home portals, consider getting the Sensative Z-Wave Plus Strips Invisible Window Sensor. The sensors are thin and seamless and use magnetic technology to detect when a window is opened. When the magnets pick up any changes, the sensor will alert you on your device.

The window sensor can be connected with an external alarm that can be programmed to go off when the system detects changes. It can be paired with home automation systems as well.

5 Ways Multifamily Design Will Have to Change

Developers putting shovels in the ground today will need to anticipate what renters want a couple of years from now, notes Rick Haughey of the National Multifamily Housing Council.

Smart apartments in smart buildings are the way forward to meet the modern tenant expectation.

Hur står det till på vinterförvaringen?

Julkalender med sensorer – ‍Under vintern förvarar vi ofta våra saker – eller till och med fordon – i ouppvärmda och ibland fuktiga förråd, garage och källarutrymmen. Samtidigt är det ofta trånga utrymmen dit det kan vara svårt att ta sig för att inspektera status på till exempel textiler eller fordon. En modern lösning på problemet skulle kunna vara att använda en fuktsensor.

Fuktmätning med Sensatives LoRa Strips, Yggio för integrationen och data visat mha Microsoft PowerBI. Ett enkelt demo av möjligheter. Men vi kommer inte att utveckla detta vidare till en kommersiell tjänst. Någon som vill? Hör av er!

Smart Apartment Firm SmartRent Gains Momentum

“Alexa, my sink is leaking.” To date, the voice assistant wouldn’t be able to come up with a helpful response to such a query. That could change for some users, who could have such a sentence trigger a maintenance call.

This is where we see the next wave of Smart Home technology. When it’s no more a debate about technology, and not a DIY market anymore. When it’s just there and it just works, like electricity and water. The debate on what AC to use, or how to find a way to connect your house to running water is long gone.

Companies like SmartRent realizes this, that Smart Home is about convenience and premium offerings for their customer’s tenants, without the need for DIY. It’s like water or electricity, it’s a utility that just works, making the tenant’s life more convenient. For a landlord, Smart Home is about driving down operational costs, while adding premium offerings to increase profitability. Not technology and gadgets.

The Smart Home Market Continues to Lack a ‘Killer App’

Though the smart home market is far from mature, it is gaining momentum. Based on Strategy Analytics’ data presented at Smart Home Summit in Burlingame, California, some 46% of U.S. broadband households have at least one smart home device today. That works out to some 47 million households.

This is like asking for the killer app for smartphones before iPhone. The answer is that there isn’t ONE killer app, the killer is in that there are plenty of competing apps that solve a multitude of tasks seamlessly, in full co-operation with the installed systems and hardware in the homes.

The DIY smart home enthusiast market is very much a pioneer market. But the bulk of the homeowners or tenants aren’t home hackers. They just want things to work, seamlessly and without being in their way.

So, as with the smartphone explosion, it is about a standardized platform that works on any underlying technology (iOS or Android) with apps from 3rd parties, easily downloadable. No installation, no configuration, just new smart features to simplify their lives or entertain.

This is also the reason for landlords to add smart home technologies to the apartments they rent out. It’s about convenience and premium offerings for their tenants, without the need for DIY. It’s like water or electricity, it’s a utility that just works, making the tenant’s life more convenient. For them, the killer app is driving down operational costs, while adding premium offerings to increase profitability.

Amazon announced in-house wireless protocol for smart home – “Sidewalk”

At its annual smart home hardware event, Amazon announced a new wireless protocol called Sidewalk, developed in-house by the e-commerce giant.

And here comes another one…

What IoT and Smart Homes need are less and not more standards. The users want one single and easy to use app for anything in their home, not one per standard or supplier. They also want to be able to pick and chose the best sensor or device from their need and point-of-view from a variety of suppliers.

Read more about this in our blog post: What’s preventing the IoT market from really taking off? IoT must be de-cluttered to get commoditized

Smart Home Sensors Don’t Have to be Ugly: Sensative Strips Review

I dislike the way most smart home sensors look. Whether they’re placed on doors or windows, if you can see them, I think they look kind of cheesy.

That’s why I prefer to buy sensors that can be mounted flush with the surface so that they essentially “disappear”. The problem with those is that you have to be handy with a drill or chisel to install them.

Or…

What if someone made sensors so small, they’re hardly noticeable?

That’s the idea behind Sensative Strips.

“… the strips work great. They’re responsive and reliable. They’re super-easy to install and there’s basically zero maintenance for the life of the sensor.

If you’re willing to pay extra upfront for zero-maintenance and discreet appearance the Sensative Strips are the best I’ve found.”

Updates to Zigbee, Z-Wave work toward smarter protocols – asmag.com

When it comes to smart homes and wireless standards, Zigbee and Z-Wave are two of the most widely used in the market. Both have benefits over more common wireless standards like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and each have their own unique benefits when compared to each other.

Updates in the Zigbee and Z-Wave standards are aiming to make adoption of smart home device easier and more seamless.

This is both good and bad news. Good, that there, in the end, might be a common standard. Bad, that it’s still far in the future. Also good that the market has started realizing this and put requirements on compatibility.

If you already today want to benefit from both eco-systems, Yggio provides seamless integration.

Indigo Domotics now support Sensative Strips

The latest version Indigo 7.3 now adds support for many Z-Wave sensors, including Strips by Sensative.

Product Review: Strips by Sensative

“I absolutely love the size of these sensors it proves that the Z-Wave radio can fit in a small package which I think is great and more companies need to get on-board with doing this. Sensors need to start coming down in size and this is something I have thought for a long time. It is not just Z-Wave sensors all of them even wired sensors from traditional security systems need to be smaller and less obvious. The Strips by Sensative are a huge step in the right direction and I hope more companies follow suit. “

Strips Guard review by Mike Salerno, IoT Rant