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  1. Comcast Aims to Make Smart Homes Smarter, Greener

    At the Smart Home Marketplace at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA ) announced a partnership between Xfinity Home and Zen Ecosystems, the manufacturer of a connected thermostat that is integrated with the Xfinity Home ecosystem and part of its family of core devices. The integration is another step toward the relaunch of EcoSaver technology to help  Xfinity Home customers automatically reduce energy usage with real-time weather analytics to optimize a home's heating and cooling efficiency. According to the National Academy of Sciences, heating and cooling account for about 39% of total energy use in a typical home. "At Xfinity Home, we are always looking for new ways to delight our customers and add value to our services," said Daniel Herscovici, senior vice president and general manager of Xfinity Home. "We are eager to unveil a new home energy management service soon, fully integrated with Zen Ecosystems, that will redefine what customers expect from their smart home services. When we relaunch EcoSaver in the spring, our customers will be able to transform their smart homes into greener homes, while continuing to help them save money on their monthly energy bills." James McPhail, Zen Ecosystems CEO, said: "Comcast has laid the foundation for the smart home by delivering world-class connectivity to tens of millions of people across the nation. Together, Comcast's Xfinity Home and Zen Ecosystems make ideal partners on the journey to help consumers easily turn their homes with connected devices into smart homes all manageable on one platform - the Xfinity Home platform. The Zen Thermostat is connected and intuitive and will help Xfinity Home customers better manage their heating and cooling system at home through Comcast's EcoSaver technology." Comcast continuously expands its  Xfinity Home business by integrating third-party devices such as August Smart Locks, Chamberlain MyQ garage controllers, Lutron Caséta wireless controllers and dimmers, and thermostats. Comcast also recently announced new lighting partnerships with Sengled and Jasco and more partnership announcements are expected in 2017. In other Xfinity Home news, Cirrent announced at CES that Comcast plans to include support for ZipKey in its recently announced whole-home networking solution. Xfinity Internet customers will soon be able to connect ZipKey-enabled consumer electronics products automatically and securely to their broadband networks without entering network names or passwords. ZipKey technology is intended to give any device an automatic and secure WiFi connection instantly, right out of the box. Manufacturers of connected products can ZipKey-enable their products using a set of software components available from Cirrent. Comcast expects the new home networking solution to be automatically enabled in the first half of 2017 for the approximately 10 million existing Xfinity Internet customers who have a compatible Xfinity Wireless Gateway.

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    Fri, 6 Jan 2017

  2. RCN Goes Gigabit in DC with DOCSIS 3.1

    RCN has launched DOCSIS 3.1-based gigabit Internet service in the Washington DC metro area, including Washington DC; Montgomery ...

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    Fri, 11 Nov 2016

  3. RCN DOCSIS 3.1 Gigabit Internet Goes Live in Chicago

    RCN has announced the immediate availability of DOCSIS 3.1-based gigabit Internet speeds to residents in all of its Chicagoland service areas ...

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    Thu, 3 Nov 2016

  4. Smart Homes Vulnerable to Hacking

    According to ABI Research, the advent of home automation and rise of smart home connected devices is attracting new vendors and startups ...

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    Thu, 15 Sep 2016

  1. Who Will Be the Leader in the Connected Smart Home?

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    Tue, 5 Jul 2016

  2. CableLabs: Network Security Both Promising, Challenging

    By Monta Monaco Hernon - The future of network security looks "promising," while at the same time it will remain "challenging," said Steve ...

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    Tue, 14 Jun 2016

  3. Smart Home: 50% of NA Broadband Homes by 2020

    According to Parks Associates , half of North American broadband households will also be smart homes by 2020, largely driven by wide ...

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    Wed, 4 May 2016

  4. Smart Home Market to Hit $27 Billion in 2020

    According to ON World , smart home system installations nearly doubled last year. By 2020, the research house expects 75 million smart home ...

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    Thu, 25 Feb 2016

  5. Midcontinent Expands Smart Home Options

    Midcontinent Communications is adding more options to its Midco SmartHOME in-home automation and monitoring smart home service ...

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    Mon, 9 Mar 2015

  6. Smart Home Is Where the Heart Is

    Home security and automation - two families of services that overlap - are maturing at a breakneck pace. What seemed like over-indulgent pie-in-the-sky optimism has given way to real deployments and more expansive planning - with no break in the sense of optimism.Home automation has been around for ...

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    Wed, 5 Sep 2012

  7. Comcast Smart Homes Get Cloud-Based Energy Control

    Comcast has entered into an agreement with EcoFactor, a provider of energy management solutions, to create a new service designed to optimize the heating and cooling patterns of a home and integrate with the Xfinity Home platform. EcoFactor's proprietary, cloud-based software incorporates real-time ...

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    Tue, 28 Feb 2012

  8. Privacy: Don't Make Smart Homes Too Smart

    By Ron Hendrickson "Smart home" is big business and getting bigger. It's kind of a no-brainer, really. Everyone likes lower power bills, and it's also convenient to be able to make sure the coffee pot really is turned off when you're 30 miles away from home. There's even home health monitoring and ...

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    Fri, 24 Feb 2012

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