Security Hardware and Technology

CES Offers a Glimpse into Security’s Future

Following the start of the New Year, every January, close to two hundred thousand people came to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, to see the latest and greatest in consumer electronics. The wide array of groundbreaking technologies introduced indicates a more connected life to come.

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A breeding ground for innovation, more security-related products and companies are now being attracted to the 4-day show, held this year from January 9–12. Companies like Samsung, ADT, Honeywell, and Flir Systems Inc, among others, were on hand talking about technology like thermal imaging, 5G, smart cities, AI, and IoT.

More than 3,900 exhibitors showcased world-changing technologies that spanned more than 2.75 million net square feet of exhibit space across Las Vegas—the largest show floor in CES’s 51-year history. New this year, Smart Cities at CES spotlights many innovative technologies that integrate with security. Quantum computing also emerged at CES 2018 as a key component to the future of technology, showcased by exhibitors like IBM and Intel.

Samsung Electronics America, Inc., outlined its vision and strategy for intelligent Internet of Things (IoT) at the 2018 CES. “At Samsung, we believe IoT should be as easy as flipping a switch. With the new products and services announced today, we’re making IoT easier and more seamless,” said Hyunsuk (HS) Kim, president, head of Samsung’s Consumer Electronics Division and Samsung Research. “We’re committed to accelerating IoT adoption for everyone and making all Samsung connected devices intelligent by 2020. These advancements will help consumers realize the benefits of a seamless and simple connected life.”

Security is of paramount importance for all companies and is also the highest priority for QNAP as a network-attached storage solution provider. In addition to showcasing network-attached storage innovations around artificial intelligence, including a new AI developer package along with a GPU-accelerated NAS for AI machine learning at CES, QNAP is now collaborating with Netgate to take network security to the next level with the pfSense firewall solution on QNAP NAS.

Whirlpool Corporation is expanding its smart home appliance ecosystem with the announcement at this year’s CES of a partnership with Honeywell. Consumers will now be able to connect smart appliances from Whirlpool Corporation to Honeywell’s line of connected thermostats, allowing for remote management of their appliance operating modes and energy outputs. “We’re pleased to be collaborating with Whirlpool Corporation to help consumers keep their homes comfortable, secure and operating more efficiently,” said Scott Harkins, vice president and general manager, connected homes, Honeywell Home and Building Technologies.

To make the smart home even smarter, Sigma Designs unveiled its new Z-Wave 700 platform at CES 2018, enabling numerous performance and technological enhancements. Z-Wave 700 Series platform features low power radio performance, extending battery, and sensor lifetime. The 700 Series enables a range of more than 300 feet. The 700 Series device offers the highest level of security in the smart home with Z-Wave Security 2 (S2) framework and easy install with Z-Wave SmartStart.

Another interesting new product at CES is LifeDoor, a device that seamlessly integrates with existing smoke detectors to automatically close interior doors in the event of a fire when it hears a smoke alarm go off. In a fire, smoke and toxic gasses often incapacitate victims before they have a chance to escape the burning structure. By both preventing smoke and superheated gas from entering a room as well as keeping that room’s oxygen from being consumed, a closed door can buy not just seconds but minutes to escape a fire.