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Thursday, March 17, 2022


Researchers find potentially vulnerable smart home devices
Stacey on IoT
Smart home devices from major manufacturers including Amazon and Samsung appear to be using old, vulnerable software to handle the encryption of data from their devices, according to research published earlier this week. The findings were derived from a pool of data on smart home device behavior by way of consumers who had downloaded and run a program called IoT Inspector.
(IS-2022-45) PoE Lighting Improves Firefighting Preparedness and Response
This 2021 report by the Siemon Company examines the ability to integrate a digital lighting system with an existing emergency alert system. A case study focusing on the Evendale Fire Department located in Cincinnati, Ohio, is provided. In the case study, it was possible to program the lights in the bunk room to gradually illuminate and wake the firefighters more gently when calls came. The benefits included more efficient response times and improved cognitive functioning, a more aesthetically-pleasing environment, cost savings, and more. (CABA members may login to access this members-only content. Non-members please go to for a preview of library content and to join.).
(IS-2022-52) Intelligent Buildings – A Technical Overview
Centre for Energy and Environment
This July 2021 report released by the Center for Energy and Environment, based in Minneapolis, provides an overview of the state of intelligent building technologies. The authors look at what can be currently deployed to increase the efficiency of building operations, promote greater occupant comfort and productivity, and serve as an energy resource to the electrical utility grid. Non-members please go to for a preview of library content and to join.).
Mitch Klein of Z-Wave Alliance Talks 2022 Smart Home Trends, Z-Wave Improvements
CE Pro
Z-Wave’s State of the Ecosystem report has some very interesting insights on the smart home landscape. The report found that DIY installation has become a dominant means of installation among consumers across many device categories.


2022 Is The Year For Next-Generation Clean Energy Technologies
Next-generation clean energy technologies are reducing overall global energy demand and helping to make the energy supply side climate neutral. 2022, by all accounts, will be the year that makes the energy mix cleaner, more secure, and more competitive.
The Secret to Neutralizing the Labor Shortage
A look back at a post by D-Tools from late 2021…”If you accept the reality that finding candidates to hire is challenging, expensive, risky…and unlikely, what options are available for system integrators faced with uncomfortably high and growing demand?”
BICSI and NECA Announce Joint Summit to Connect Low-Voltage and Technology Communities
The first-ever NECA-BICSI Summit will take place May 23-25 in San Antonio, Texas. The event will connect NECA’s 4,500 industry-leading electrical contractors with BICSI’s 26,000 members, credential holders, and customers in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry.
Boosting Property and Facility Management with Economic IoT
IoT For All
Having worked in the energy efficiency and intelligent controls space for most of my career, I’ve encountered the whole gamut of smart building systems and controls technologies, from full-scale Building Automation Systems (BAS) to mesh networked lighting controls.
Smart, safe and sustainable: The keys to the smart building
The pandemic has profoundly changed the way many of us think about how we live and work. Health, safety and sustainability – powerful concepts reflected at the Smart Building Conference at ISE 2022 – are driving the global smart building market toward $265.37 billion, according to Fortune Business Insights.
RealComm: Creating Immersive Experiences
Realcomm Live last week welcomed Adrian Velicescu, CEO and Chief Creative Officer at StandardVision for a conversation about creating immersive experiences, which can be replayed in the link here. Immersive experience technologies are reshaping every aspect of how people interact in both the digital and physical worlds. “Working to enrich commercial and public spaces and operating at the intersection of technology, art and architecture is a company that is leading the way in this new experiential digital solutions marketplace – StandardVision.”
The Future of Building Automation Expected to Bring Better Accessibility
For many managers, the interfaces with their buildings and the data they house are more akin to that early information superhighway, a vast landscape rich with data and opportunity, but without tools to guide them how to utilize it. The next decade may not see a revolution in available technology for our buildings, but we also may not need it.


NEEO Founder, Control4 Exec Launch AVA Connected Home 
CE Pro
AVA is set to enter the market with solutions in the audio and control categories and its first two products are a 2.1 audio system and smart home remote control. The company says the new product solutions pair together seamlessly, and to ensure the performance of the audio components the Swiss/American company worked with the noted European audio manufacturer Revox.
Quil Launches Connected Home Platform
Quil, the digital health joint venture between Comcast and Independence Health Group (Independence), announced the limited commercial availability of Quil Assure, the company’s new connected home platform that helps seniors enjoy greater independence while exercising their preference for aging in place and strengthening support from family and friends serving as caregivers.
CONNECTIONS™ Conference on April 14 to feature research findings, networking and virtual roundtable
Parks Associates
Parks Associates announced it will host the virtual roundtable discussion, “Smart Home Tech and the Pros: View from the Channel,” on April 14 from 2:15-3:45 pm CT as part of the 2022 CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference experience. This sessions includes visionary insight from leaders and interactive discussions on the impact of new technology and services, and the challenges that come with “smart” technology in the home.
No more monthly fees: Building one’s own home security system
PC Mag
Smart home security systems are ideal for keeping tabs on what’s happening inside and outside of your home, but not everyone has the need or the budget for a full-blown professionally monitored system from one of the large providers, writes this columnist in PC Mag. The article describes an options to build an à la carte-style home security system with top-rated selected components on the market. 
Keeping your home secure comes with privacy considerations
Do smart home cameras invade your privacy? Thankfully, today’s smart security cameras have useful features to help get the view you need while also protecting the privacy of passers-by.
Smart meters are now in half of UK homes and small businesses
Smart meters have now been installed in half of homes and small businesses across the U.K., new data has revealed. A total of 2.8 million meters were installed in 2021, 19 per more than 2020, data from the U.K.’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) show.
Schneider Electric purchases controlling stake in EnergySage
PV Magazine
Schneider Electric, a specialist in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, purchased a controlling stake in EnergySage, an online comparison-shopping marketplace for rooftop solar, energy storage, project financing, and community solar.


CABA’s 2022 Project for the Large Buildings Sector To Focus on Healthy Buildings and Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
CABA’s 2022 research project for the large building sector is “Health Buildings and Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ).” The project will be launching soon, and already has received funding commitments from Broan-Nutone, Schneider Electric, and Siemens Industry. Learn more on our website, including information on becoming a funder.
CABA and Harbor Research Close Out “Connected Home and AI” Research
CABA and Harbor Research completed the final draft of the “Connected Home and AI” Landmark Research Project. This research, supported by Automated Logic, Carrier, Broan-Nutone, Resideo Technologies, and SnapOne, examines various aspects of AI in the connected home industry and produced recommendations for stakeholders how they can best position themselves in this evolved connected home landscape. The Executive Summary will be available shortly, and the final report will be available for sale following an embargo period.