IoT News Roundup

Nedap morphs phones, badges for security app; Apple expands HomeKit compatibility, adding Home app; Allure, Thinaire powering location-based marketing apps; Marken to Help Green Cross expand beyond Korea; Exosite upgrades IoT platform; Honeywell debuts new IIoT services; IoT news from RFID Journal.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor
Jun 17, 2016

Nedap Turns Smartphone Into Security Badge
Nedap Identification Systems, which sells technology to enable long-range identification, wireless vehicle detection and access control, is launching a new product that enables the use of smartphones as virtual access cards. The platform, known as Mobile Access Control Entities (MACE), consists of readers, apps and a cloud-based server. An individual's virtual credentials are stored in a MACE app on a user's phone, and are delivered to a reader via Bluetooth, Near Field Communication (NFC) or QR code technology. Once received, the credentials are compared against a database maintained on the cloud-based server.

The MACE app will be available for both Apple iPhone and Android operating systems. Nedap plans to debut the system at the International Fire and Security Exhibition and Conference, being held next week in London.

Apple Makes HomeKit News at WWDC
At its annual Worldwide Developers Conference this week, Apple made a number of announcements regarding HomeKit, its smart home hub. The company is releasing a new app, called Home, as part of its next mobile operating system, iOS 10, in the fall. Home will allow users to control all of their HomeKit-compatible devices via a single app running on an iPhone or iPad.

Apple also announced that both the August Doorbell Cam (a security camera integrated into a doorbell) and the next generation of Kuna security products for the home (which integrate a security camera into a exterior light) will connect to the HomeKit via a user's Wi-Fi network.

In addition, Apple announced that it is working with three homebuilding companies, KB Home, Brookfield Residential and Lennar, to allow builders to pre-install HomeKit support into a building's light bulbs and appliances, so long as those products are HomeKit-certified.

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