Amazon buys Ring and Stops Selling Nest Products

319N9SzWOeL._SL500_AC_SS350_Amazon has announced it will stop selling NEST Products including Nest Thermostats, Cameras, Smoke Detectors, Door Bells and the new Nest Protect Security System.

The move to stop selling Nest on Amazon is part of a bigger war between Amazon and Google as both companies compete for the smart home.  Amazon recently purchased RING the DoorBell and Security Camera manufacturer,  enabling it to compete head to head with Nest and Google.   Google Home products directly compete against Amazon Echo devices and are not available on Amazon.   Amazon will stop selling NEST Products as soon as inventory runs out.

It’s unclear what Amazon intends to do with Ring but what is known Ring will be launching several new products this spring including a New Ring Alarm System.

ring alarmWith the Acquisition of Ring and the potential to control the security system in the Home Amazon’s Key Program would have the ability to disarm your security system, unlock your door, record video of your delivery and re-lock and Arm your security system after the delivery is complete.

Doyle from Ion Smart Security says Smart Key technology already exists with Ion Smart Alarm System but not all courier companies are willing to leave packages inside the home if a signature is required.  Because Amazon’s Key program is controlled by Amazon, “in home delivery” is part of the native delivery process.

If you want more information about Amazon Key or remote door lock access and video monitoring for your home contact Doyle at Ion Smart Security or 780-489-5522.

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Voice Shopping will Explode to $40 Billion by 2022

IMG_9269Currently only 10-13% of homes in the US and UK have smart (Voice Controlled) speakers which generate $2 Billion a year from voice initiated online sales.

 

According to a Study from OC&C Strategy Consultants Voice Shopping is going to explode to $40 Billion per year by 2022 in the US and UK markets.

Amazon is predicted to dominate the voice controlled smart device category with a market penetration of 55%.  Currently the penetration of Smart Speakers is only 13% for Amazon, 4% for Goggle Home and 2% for Microsoft Cortana.  Apple’s HomePod with Siri has just been released however given it’s price and market delay, HomePod is not expected to be a small niche player in the Smart Speaker Space while Amazon Echo and Alexa enable products will continue to dominate for the foreseeable future.

Source:  OC&C Strategy Consultants: 

http://www.occstrategy.com/en/insights/stu/the-talking-shop

 

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Exercise Room TV with Sonos Playbar

IMG_6433When Gary and Christine moved into their new home they wanted a TV mounted in the centre of their exercise room they wanted a TV mounted above their Suntan Bed which could swivel a full 180° degrees so they could watch it while running on the treadmill, working out on the Universal Gym or view the TV while sitting in the Sauna. 

Mounting the TV was the first challenge but Gary’s  second request was also complicated.  “I don’t want speakers in the ceiling”  Gary told Doyle from Ion Smart Security.  “I want a soundbar on the TV with the ability to focus and concentrate sound in the direction the TV is pointed”  “Lastly I want the wiring to be clean”

IMG_6420With years of commercial audio and video experience Doyle decided the best way to meet the clients design criteria was to mount the TV in the exercise room using a ceiling mount rather than a full motion wall mounts.  “Wall mounts only allow about 130° degrees of motion so they wouldn’t work for this application”. The ceiling mount needed to be modified to work with the tight confines of the space above the ceiling tile.  “In commercial applications we usually have a lot more space above the ceiling to work with but in this case we had less than nine inches above the ceiling tile and to make matters worse we had to work around heating vents and water pipes.” 

IMG_6436After figuring out how to mount the TV the next step was a method to mount the Sonos Playbar.  Doyle modified a traditional Sonos wall mount to work with a special Soundbar bracket.  The modified soundbar mount attached to the back of the TV and mounted the Sonos Playbar tightly and securely to the bottom of the TV.  In addition to the Sonos Playbar a Sons Sub was placed in the corner of the gym and paired to with the Sonos Playbar.  With the speakers installed the next step was to Tune the Room with Sonos’ “TruePlay” Speaker Calibration.  Once the calibration was complete the system sounded phenomenal.  The sound was crisp and clean with super tight bass … not a easy feat in a room filled with potential echo’s and standing waves. 

IMG_6426With the TV mounted, the Playbar installed Doyle Turned his attention to wiring up the Shaw cable box and cleaning up the wiring.  The Shaw cable box was mounted behind the TV hidden from view but still in remote control range.  The power and video cables were covered with split loom tubing and neatly wrapped to provide a clean look from all angles.

With the install complete it was time for Gary and Chris to give the new TV and Playbar a workout.  With Gary on the weights and Chris running on the treadmill the volume from the Sonos Playbar was not only loud enough to overcome the ambient noise in the room but sounded fantastic.  After their workout it was time to hit the sauna.  The TV was able to turn enough to allow a “Straight On View” while sitting in the sauna and the direction sound of the Sonos Playbar mounted below the TV was terrific.  “Overall we’re very happy with the install Doyle did … I’m a pretty handy guy but this is something I couldn’t have done myself”.

If you would like more information on TV Mounting, Sonos, Security Systems and Home Automation give the guys at Ion Smart Security a call (780) 489-5522 or http://www.ionsecuritysystems.com
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Self-Driving Cars Will Benefit Elderly Drivers

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When we hear the term Self-Driving car we often think of Taxi Cabs, Uber and Highway Transport Trucks.  One market that’s largely ignored but could benefit greatly from Self-Driving technology is Senior Citizens.

My mother (77) stopped driving after having a severe car accident that almost killed her while my father continues to drive at age 78.  Another elderly client of mine can no longer drive for medical reasons at 85 years of age.

For most regions in Canada driving is synonymous with independence and losing the ability to drive can restrict your mobility and affect your lifestyle.  Driving takes physical skills and coordination to control the vehicle but also takes cognition to navigate the roadways, destination and traffic.  As we age our physical strength and coordination may diminish along with our cognitive processes.  Autonomous vehicles can assist aging drivers in both the physical and mental decision making needed to safely operate a motor vehicle benefiting both the driver and passenger in the car as well as the general public.  Self-driving technologies could extend the age in which older drivers are able to operate a motor vehicle and thus provide mobility and independence which otherwise would not be possible.

For more about Self-Driving Cars and the Elderly read Mary M. Chapman’s article in the New York Times at NY Times – Self Driving Cars

 

 

 

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Honeywell SC100-SC105 Seismic Vibration Sensor For ATM’s

honeywell seismicThe Honeywell SC100 and SC105 Seismic Vibration Sensor is specifically designed to detect heat and vibrations which result when fixed solid structures are disturbed.

The sensor was designed to protect bank vaults, safes, ATMs and doors.  Free standing objects including gun cases, vending machines, ticket machines and file cabinets can also be secured using the SC Series Sensors.

Advanced sensing technology reduces the potential for false alarms while still being able to detect heavy blows from hammers, drilling, chisel, pry bar and cutting torches and grinders.

Installation is simple and the sensors can be connected to existing alarm systems and central station monitored.

For more information on call or visit Ion Security 780-489-5522

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Honeywell 5822T Wireless Tilt Sensor

honeywell-garage-collage_110772895822-2Compatible with 2Gig and Honeywell alarm panels the Honeywell 5822 Wireless Tilt Sensor is designed to mount vertically on surfaces that tilt horizontally when opened.

The sensor detects tilt movement and will let the user know if the garage door or tilt window is Open or Closed.  When used with the Ion Security Smart Home Alarm panel users can check the status of the sensor and receive text or email alerts when ever the door is open or closed.

For more information or to add the Honeywell 5822T Wireless Tilt Sensor to your system visit or contact Ion Security 780-489-5522

 

 

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GE/Jasco Shows Off 5 New Z-Wave Smart Remotes

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The new GE/Jasco Remote Z-Wave Switches look a lot like Lutron Pico Switches and are the same size and shape as Decor light switches.  The remotes are battery powered so no wiring is required.  They can be mounted inside a standard electrical box or anywhere on a wall or inside a cabinet or closet using the included bracket.

The new remotes include

  • 1-Scene Remote (34172)
  • 2-Scene Remote (34174)
  • 4-Scene Remote (34176)
  • These remotes work with or without a Z-Wave Hub

Plus

  • 2-Button Hub Remote (34184) – acts as a hub, up to 12 scene capabilities
  • 4-Button Hub Remote (34186) – acts as a hub, up to 24 scene capabilities
  • Works with some Z-Wave hubs and gateways

Availability is Q4, 2017.

 

 

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Alarm.com New POE Cameras

Alarm.com introduced two new POE Cameras at ISC West focusing on Small Business use but equally suited for hardwired residential applications.

 

The ADC-VC725 is a Indoor/Outdoor Bullet camera with IR, HD video and ip66 Rated Enclosure.  The VC725 has a more robust and better mounting system then the ADC 721 Wi-Fi Camera

The ADC-VC825 is an Indoor/Outdoor Dome Camera with with IR, HD video and ip 66 rating.

Both cameras use 4mm lenses and will be available this summer.

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Ring’s New Elite Video Doorbell

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Ring continues to define and refine the Video Doorbell space with the introduction of the New Flush Mount Ring Elite Video Doorbell.

The Ring Elite Video Doorbell is the most affordable flush mount doorbell kit available.  The Elite installs in a standard single gang junction box and comes in four color options, Venetian (Brown), Satin Nickel, Pearl White and Satin Black.

The standard Ring Video doorbell is battery operated while the Ring Video Doorbell Pro and Elite video doorbells require hardwire power.

A good, strong Wi-Fi signal is essential for the proper operation of the Ring Doorbell and when Wi-Fi signal is good and internet bandwidth is fast enough the Ring Doorbell works well.

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Amazon may be opening a Retail Store in Your Neighbourhood

For years traditional retailers have been losing sales to On-line shopping with Amazon taking the biggest chunk of internet sales.  Amazon is now threatening retailers again by opening up Bricks and Mortar retail outlets in select communities around the world.

According to Nick Winfield of the New York times Amazon’s current ambitions seem to be focused on Grocery Stores but the company is looking at opening retail stores for larger items like furniture, electronics and appliances.  Retail outlets will also act as a hub for Amazon pickups and deliveries.

Read the full NY Times article at: Amazon Explores Retail Options

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