CES 2017 blog: security and fire-safety innovations for the smart home

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Adam Bannister is a contributor to IFSEC Global, having been in the role of Editor from 2014 through to November 2019. Adam also had stints as a journalist at cybersecurity publication, The Daily Swig, and as Managing Editor at Dynamis Online Media Group.
January 7, 2017


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Launched in 1967 with just 14 exhibitors the Consumer Electronics Show – long since truncated to CES – is now the definitive place to see the latest innovations in consumer tech.

In 2016 the event drew 177,393 visitors from around the world with 3,200 vendors exhibiting across floor space spanning 2.47 million square feet.

As you can imagine, the kind of products showcased at CES, which this year takes place between 5-8 January in Las Vegas, have changed quite a lot in its 50-year history – with a particularly seismic change witnessed in just the last few years.

At its inception the show mainly featured televisions, before diversifying into VCRs and, in the 80s, video games.

The myriad products now on display includes a growing number of security products, a category that until recently didn’t feature at all by dint of domestic security products’ lack of glamour (like the humble burglar alarm) or because they weren’t even electronic at all (gates, locks and so forth – and these are even now often digitised).

And the internet of things (IoT), whereby everyday consumer products contain computer chips and are connected to the internet via Wi-Fi, has created multiple new vectors through which cyber criminals can access your personal data. In a very short space of time, then,  security has gone from playing hardly any part in CES to having an integral role. Indeed, the show now has a dedicated Cyber Security Forum.

As CES celebrates its 50th birthday, let’s take a look at some of the products being unveiled.

Security products unveiled at CES 2017 

The light bulb with a hidden security camera

Blink set to unveil home security system with moisture sensors for leak detection

First “enterprise-grade complete solution” for IoT data security unveiled

GeeksterLabs has posted this video looking at the Ring Security Floodlight Cam live from CES.

Fire-safety products unveiled at CES 2017

Oven that prevents fires and false alarms set to be unveiled by GE Appliances

Airthings Wave detects deadly radon gas that causes more deaths than house fires and C02 poisoning combined

As the world’s consumer press descends on Las Vegas, IFSEC Global is reporting on the products and solutions that enhance home security and fire safety, as well as the cyber vulnerabilities of non-security products.

Polling the views of hundreds of installers last year, we found that 92% saw the ‘smart home’ – whereby lighting, heating, alarms and other household functions are interconnected and remotely controlled via smartphone or PC – as a potential area for diversification.

“It would be great to see a security system that integrates as one package,” said one installer who completed the survey. “As far as we are aware this does not exist. We’ve been trying to push the home automation side, but are still seeking the right product.”

We’ve highlighted the 5 most innovative security products launched at CES 2017, featuring Kuri the robot nanny and a curiously shaped IoT security device from Norton. It’s been a busy year for Netatmo, as it jostles for market share with Nest Labs…

Meanwhile, motorized shade company Somfy has diversified into install-it-yourself home security with an all-in-one device called the Somfy One. Somfy’s entrance into the smart home market follows its 2016 acquisition of security startup Myfox.

Just to broaden our focus beyond security for a moment, it seems that not everyone is in thrall to the endless possibilities thrown up by the IoT. Reporting for the Guardian Adam Gabbatt sneers: “If this year’s CES continues to predict future tech trends, then we can soon expect to have emotional relationships with our cars, virtual reality devices so realistic you need a sick bag, and products so pricey most people won’t be able to afford them.”

And it’s a veritable field day for spoof account @internetofshit which tweets sardonically or mock despairingly (because you know they actually relish it) on the myriad bizarre products to emerge in Las Vegas.

And here is a radon detector being showcased for the first time at CES, the Airthings Wave. Pretty nifty.

As with the commercial market, when it comes to security products its the cameras that tend to dominate in the home automation space. Here’s another one amid a another flurry of launches in 2017.

This year’s most interesting gadgets, according to Wired, include programmable lego, Amazon Echo and a spectacular autonomous car from Toyota.

Check out some of the best images from CES 2017 in the official photo gallery here.

A scathing take on some of the drones out on the show floor, courtesy of the Verge…

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WATCH: The fire safety innovations on show at CES 2018

From a multi-sensor that harnesses machine learning to “the first connected smoke sensor without an optical chamber,” here’s a quick rundown of the fire-safety innovations on show at the world’s largest consumer electronics show in Las Vegas.

Radiation-blocking underwear and 18 other bizarre smart ‘things’ that could let hackers into your smart home (and one device to protect you)

Here are 19 of the most bizarre or – according to IoT sceptics – pointless devices that are creating new vectors of attack for cybercriminals. Also find in our interactive infographic one device designed to protect the smart home from attack.

5 fire-safety innovations showcased at CES 2017

A hearing aid that connects to smoke alarms via Wi-Fi and a smart oven that turns itself off to cut fire risk were among the innovations on show at the world’s biggest consumer electronics event.

CES 2017: The top 5 trends in security tech

IoT developers will literally put a computer chip in anything but the camera still reigns supreme for media coverage when it comes to security products.

CES 2017: What homeowners wish security installers knew about home automation

Advice for installers of home automation equipment, courtesy of Bryn Huntpalmer, editor-in-chief of Modernize, which provides guidance one home improvement projects.

CES 2017: first “enterprise-grade complete solution” for IoT data security unveiled

Fortress Cyber Security has launched Fortress UTM, a residential unified threat management (UTM) appliance, at CES 2017.

The 5 most innovative security products launched at CES 2017

Featuring Kuri the robot nanny and a curiously shaped IoT security device from Norton, here are five of the most interesting security innovations unveiled at this year’s edition of CES.

CES 2017: Airthings Wave detects deadly radon gas that causes more deaths than house fires and C02 poisoning combined

Airthings Wave, which is being showcased for the first time at CES 2017, alerts householders to the presence of a gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

Batteries not included: Could reconnaissance drones for the home be on the horizon?

We’ve witnessed the rise of drones as both commercial tools and toys for use down the park. However, their mooted deployment as reconnaissance vehicles within the home could take the concept in a whole new direction.

CES 2017 sneak preview: Oven that prevents fires and false alarms set to be unveiled by GE Appliances

A smart oven that turns itself off when it detects fire or smoke is being showcased at the world’s biggest consumer electronics show in Las Vegas.

CES 2017 sneak peak: Blink set to unveil home security system with moisture sensors for leak detection

The US-based home automation company is launching an install-it-yourself home security system that supports existing Blink and Blink XT cameras at CES 2017.

CES 2017 sneak peak: the light bulb with a hidden security camera

Light bulb maker Bell & Wyson is set to unveil a light bulb with a concealed camera embedded at CES 2017.

5 Fire-Safety Innovations Showcased at CES 2016

With the internet of things dominating proceedings in Las Vegas we take a look innovations including a smart battery that makes your existing alarm smarter and a Siri-enabled Smoke and CO alarm.

5 Smart-Home Innovations on Show at CES 2016

The interconnected smart home has created a new frontier in the war against hackers. From security products to household appliances here are five of the smart-home innovations wowing the crowds in Las Vegas last week.

10 Security Innovations from CES 2016

A camera in the form of a rolling ball, an iris reader for ATM machines and a solar-powered door lock were two of the products on show at the world’s largest consumer electronics show.

5 Tech Trends in Evidence at CES 2016 and their Implications for the Security Industry

From drones to wearables and the internet of things, find out the big tech trends likely to be in evidence at this year’s CES and what they mean for the security industry.

The 8 Most Innovative Security Products Unveiled at CES 2015

The explosion in ‘smart’ technologies that connect everyday objects to the internet is transforming both home and personal security.

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