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Legrand to buy French smart home start-up Netatmo




French industrial group Legrand has signed an agreement to acquire Netatmo, a French smart home company. Legrand has been a shareholder of Netatmo since 2015.
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Amazon teams up with smart lock firm Schlage




Amazon has teamed up with smart lock company Schlage, a brand of Allegion, to deliver smart home services. The offering includes the recently introduced Schlage Connect smart deadbolt, which is Zigbee certified with Amazon Key compatibility.
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Connecticut invests $3.9m in smart building start-ups

Connecticut Innovations, the state’s strategic venture capital arm, is to invest $3.9m over two years in Upward Labs, a programme focused on developing and nurturing early-stage companies developing pilot programmes in the smart buildings segment.
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Omron algorithm changes fisheye camera into people counter




Omron has added its own algorithm to a normal fisheye camera to let it detect people from above without using thermal sensors or relying on movement. The Japanese company was demonstrating the device, due out next year, at last month’s Electronica trade show in Munich.
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VHive drones inspect mobile phone towers




At this week’s TowerXchange Asia in Singapore, Israeli company VHive is demonstrating how autonomous drones can be used for inspecting mobile phone towers.
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AMS gas sensor controls kitchen ventilation systems




At last month’s Electronica trade show in Munich, Austria Microsystems released an updated version of its low-power gas sensor for the detection of steam, odours and fumes in kitchens.
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HKBN and Trend Micro team up on smart home gateway




Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) has teamed up with cyber-security specialist Trend Micro to develop an all-in-one smart home gateway that brings together 2Gbit/s bandwidth on a single fibre broadband network, home network security, parental control, home wifi and telephone service.
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