smart home technology News

Smart Home Product Security Risks Can Be Alarming

Say you’re on your laptop at Starbucks, minding your own business, when an acquaintance of yours across the room isn’t minding his. Unbeknownst to you, he’s using the same store Wi-Fi as you to conduct a virtual invasion of your …

Tech Company Roost Forms Insurer Partnerships for Home Telematics Pilot

Roost, a provider of home telematics for property insurance carriers, has partnered with Erie Insurance to test customer engagement with its Roost Smart Water Leak and Freeze Detector device in order to prevent water damage claims. The Roost Smart Water …

USAA Among Backers of Home Water Damage Prevention Startup Flo

Flo Technologies has unveiled Flo, an intelligent home water monitoring and conservation system that promises to help reduce water damage insurance claims. The startup has raised a total of $11.5 million from investors led by Crosslink Capital with participation from …

With Insurer Backing, Home Sensor Startup Notion Raises $10 Million

Insurer XL Catlin’s venture capital arm is among firms helping to back a $10 million financing for Notion, an Internet of Things-related startup focused on a low-cost remote smart home sensor for home security. XL Catlin’s XL Innovate, a previous …

Willis Towers Watson, Tech Firm Roost to Form Home Telematics Testing Consortium

Global insurance consultant Willis Towers Watson is partnering with technology firm Roost to establish a claims data sharing consortium to help insurers test the effectiveness of water and fire smart home technologies. The two companies said the consortium will be …