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Verizon hires Belkin exec to jump-start smart-home business

Verizon Communications has hired Ohad Zeira, formerly the head of Belkin's WeMo home-automation product line, to oversee the company's smartphone and home-automation efforts, according to NextMarket Insights. Zeira will relocate from California to Verizon's headquarters in Basking Ridge, N.J.

Connected home growth hindered by inaccessibility, conflicting standards, execs say

BARCELONA, Spain--When it comes to the connected home, the wireless industry is getting mired in discussions about standards and infrastructure instead of spending time making the concept easy for consumers to deploy and understand.  That was the key message from panelists at the  FierceWireless  executive luncheon on the " Connected Home: A proving ground for the Internet of Things," held here at Mobile World Congress.

AT&T partners with Samsung, Qualcomm and LG on third-party services for Digital Life

LAS VEGAS--AT&T Mobility is opening up its Digital Life home security and automation services to third-party products and its partnering with industry heavyweights, including Samsung Electronics and Qualcomm Life.

U.S. Cellular: OnLook can compete with AT&T's Digital Life in home automation, security

U.S. Cellular thinks its new OnLook home automation and security platform can effectively compete with AT&T Mobility's similar and more established Digital Life unit, according to a U.S. Cellular executive. However, the companies appear to have different ambitions in the market, with U.S. Cellular more focused on delivering a simple experience to its customers and getting a new revenue stream than on creating a platform for other carriers to use.

U.S. Cellular launches 'OnLook' home automation and security service, challenging AT&T

U.S. Cellular is jumping into the digital home automation and security market, presenting a challenge to AT&T Mobility, which has largely had the market to itself among wireless carriers via its Digital Life unit.

Comcast home invasion lawsuit exposes risks for home automation, security service providers

Exposing the possible liability risks for providers of home automation and security services, Comcast is being sued by a Kirkland, Wash., family following a grisly home-invasion incident last year.

Home automation, connected car pushing IoT, but lack of standards stings, execs say

LAS VEGAS--The fastest growing segments of the Internet of Things market include home automation, the connected car market and mobile healthcare and health monitoring, according to a panel of leading IoT executives. However, a lack of standards--or rather, a proliferation of them--is holding back adoption and creating headaches for the industry.

Suddenlink launches into home automation services

Suddenlink is getting into the home automation business, launching a new service that lets customers remotely arm and disarm their security systems, monitor live streamed video of their domiciles, and remotely control things like lights and thermostats for as little as $30 a month, depending on promotions and bundling.

Former Charter exec Schremp launches home automation platform

Former Charter Communications executive Ted Schremp's SmartHome Ventures has announced a new retail-focused home-automation platform designed to compete with services offered by top pay-TV providers.

Samsung buys home automation platform SmartThings in Internet of Things push

Samsung Electronics confirmed it purchased home automation platform SmartThings (a 2014 Fierce 15 winner), which Samsung said will enable the startup to expand its platform and work with more partners and devices. The deal represents a significant new investment by Samsung into the Internet of Things market.