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Aeotec Door Window Sensor 6 is Minimal Z-Wave Plus Device from Aeon Labs

The new Aeotec Door / Window Sensor 6 is a Z-Wave Plus sensor from Aeon Labs that’s designed with a minimal look to fade into the background, rather than stick out like a sore thumb. To aid with that the 9 x 72 mm ABS plastic body has been designed to be painted so you can colour it to blend […]

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Video: Xandem’s Mesh of Nodes Provides Occupancy Tracking in Your Smart Home

Ah… smart home occupancy detection, that old chestnut. Xandem Home is a new system that promises complete coverage of movement and occupancy detection around your house. Their 2.4 GHz devices can be hidden yet see through walls and furniture. There’s real-time location tracking (and history) plus triggers and mobile notifications / email / text etc. Xandem’s algorithms process the […]

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Monkey Business Turns Your Intercom into a Smart Access System

Locumi Labs is nearing the end of its Kickstarter campaign for monkey, a new product which they describe as the ‘world’s first smart lock for main entrance doors’. Aimed at the retro-fit market, monkey can be installed without modifying your door. Instead the little device attaches to the internals of your apartment’s intercom, and then its WiFi-enabled chip brings control to your smarthphone. […]

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Goodbye Keys – Yale Launches ‘Smarter’ Z-Wave Lock

Yale hopes the days of worrying that you’ve forgotten your keys are over, with the launch of their new Keyless Connected Z-Wave Smart Lock. This new smart lock allows you to access your home remotely, with the option to use a PIN code, key card, key tag, remote fob, or even a smartphone when connected to […]

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Yale Launch ‘Keyfree Connected’ Z-Wave Smart Lock in UK

When we talked to Z-Wave last year one of the most interesting pieces of information that came out of the interview was the fact that their top selling products are door locks. Now Yale have brought their popular US smart locks to the UK and they claim their ‘Keyfree Connected’ is the first UK specific smart lock to be […]

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New Android Phone and Tablet Apps for Comfort

Cytech Technology has released version 1.4 of the Android Tablet and Phones apps for their Comfort system. This allows users to control their Comfort integrated Alarm and Automation system from anywhere in the world. Features Connect to multiple Comfort systems Arm & Disarm Security System using user codes See the state of doors, windows & motion sensors in real […]

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Can I Automate My Home Without Going Out On The Internet?

Watching back the Tech Guy podcast from a couple of weekends ago this question came up from a listener. Can I Automate My Home Without Going Out On The Internet? Is this something you’d want to do too? While tech companies work hard to put more of our systems online it seems there are some […]

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Review: Lilin LR7424 1080p HD IP CCTV Camera

We’re all becoming used to seeing great HD images on our TVs these days, so more than ever before, home CCTV can be pretty jarring to look at. With this in mind we started to investigate the HD IP camera world.  It’s a new name to us, but the Lilin LR7424 Day & Night 1080P HD […]

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Watch This: Hak5 Talks Home Automation Security at DefCon 22

In this recent video the Hak5 team discuss home automation security at DEF CON 22 from Las Vegas. Shannon Morse interviews Chris Littlebury from the Knowledge Consulting Group, talking about defending against the vulnerabilities inherent in a lot of recent home automation systems that seem to rush to market ever faster. Chris talks about LIFX, WeMo, Philips Hue […]

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smanos Launch Wi-Fi and GSM Smart Home Alarm Systems

smanos is a brand new name in the smart home world. The company say they are rapidly expanding their global footprint, with products and systems R&D’d in Fuzhou and Taipei, designed and engineered in Amsterdam and manufactured in Shenzhen. The company has an interesting range of smart home alarm systems available for the UK and Europe including the […]

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