New rules could require security labels for connected devices

Smart TVs and other connected devices could be made to carry labels telling people how secure they are from cyber attacks, under plans announced by the Government. The labels would be initially introduced on a voluntary basis to help consumers identify which products are secure, before eventually becoming mandatory. Under the plans, announced by digital…

Lightwave adds two new Apple HomeKit compatible smart dimmers to ‘Smart Series’ lineup

Smart home automation company Lightwave has launched three and four-gang dimmer switches to grow its existing ‘Smart Series’ range of lighting products. As well as fitting rooms with multiple lighting circuits, customers can programme spare gangs as “magic buttons” to control additional lamps and light fittings in the same room or anywhere in the house. In fact, they…

Can smart home security measures prevent burglaries? Ring claims 100 arrests from video doorbell

In a smart move designed to promote its video doorbell system, smart home security company Ring has just released video footage captured by its device of burglars caught in the act. Using footage from Ring video doorbells as criminal evidence, it claims that police have made approximately 100 arrests in the past year. Suffolk Police…

Are security concerns and high costs to blame for slow smart home take up?

While a new survey suggests disappointing growth, a new generation is set to embrace the benefits of the hi-tech home. Chris Price reports Despite an increased awareness of what a smart home actually is, uptake for smart home technology still remains surprisingly low. At least that’s one of the key findings of a national survey…

Control home temperature with this cool-looking, smart air conditioner

Meet evaSMART: an intelligent new personal air conditioner from Evapolar. Looking a little like a small sub-woofer for a hi-fi system, the new model follows on from the evaLIGHT™ EV-1000, but now offers connected home functionality including integration with Amazon Alexa. What's more, with software updates it will soon be able to link to Google Home, Apple Home…

Older generations biggest users of smart home technology, claims new poll

A OnePoll study conducted by blinds specialist Thomas Sanderson reveals that over a third (35%) of UK adults aged 55+ have integrated smart technology within their homes while less than a fifth (18%) of those aged between 18-34 have chosen to adopt the technology where they live. The study was commissioned to assess the rate of smart home technology adoption across…