Connecting the smart home: The history of wireless protocols – and why they matter

If you work in IoT, you’re probably familiar with the annual reports and data points that tell us about the opportunities in the connected home. A recent report from Crimson Hexagon found that “from 2014 to 2017 the sentiment towards smart home technology started to sway, with over 60 percent of consumers favoring the technology.”

There are lots of factors that impact why consumers choose smart home – entertainment, convenience,...

By Mitchell Klein, 09 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Homes.

IoT Tech Expo: Bluetooth Mesh is a wise choice for smart buildings

IoT Tech Expo in Amsterdam is just kicking off and there’s already fighting words from low-power networks on why their technology is the best.

In a keynote titled ‘Putting the Smart in Smart Buildings with Bluetooth Mesh’, we heard from Bluetooth SIG Technical Program Manager Martin Woolley on what makes the technology a wise choice for smart building deployments.

“Last year, we introduced something called Bluetooth Mesh,” says Woolley. “That...

By Ryan Daws, 27 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes, Standards.

‘World’s first’ 3D printed houses to be built in Eindhoven: Another route to smarter cities?

The Netherlands will soon be seeing the first of five planned 3D-printed concrete houses in the city of Eindhoven, as part of Project Milestone.

The municipality of Eindhoven, Eindhoven University of Technology, contractor Van Wijnen, real estate manager Vesteda, materials company Saint Gobain-Weber Beamix and engineering firm Witteveen+Bos are partners in the project.

The houses are irregular in shape and their design is based on erratic blocks in a green landscape. This design aims at a high level of...

By IoT News, 11 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Red Hat teams up with Vorwerk to help create smarter home appliances

Red Hat has announced that Vorwerk is implementing a new IoT environment with multi-cloud support and an infrastructure based on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

This hybrid cloud solution is developed from enterprise-grade Kubernetes and Linux containers that provide the flexible, scalable architecture for Vorwerk to expand device connectivity and application processing power.

In order to get better leverage of the increasingly connected nature of the consumer world, Vorwerk applied a digital recipe...

By IoT News, 04 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Research: 90% of US consumers own a smart home device

Research from Metova has revealed the current scale of smart home product adoption in the United States.

According to Metova, 90 percent of U.S consumers now own some form of smart home device. This shows the IoT is well-and-truly reached mass adoption in the consumer space.

Other key findings include:

  • Over 90% surveyed have made a purchase of a connected home device

  • Nearly 70% already have a voice-controlled system such as an Amazon Alexa or Google Home

  • 58% percent of people who own a connected home device are concerned about how it may impact their privacy

  • 74% of respondents think connected home devices are the wave of the...

By Ryan Daws, 15 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Hide and Seek: The first IoT botnet to survive device resets is caught

A botnet has been discovered by security researchers which is the first to survive resets of compromised devices.

Researchers from Bitdefender published their findings today. The malware strain, which they’ve dubbed 'Hide and Seek' (HNS) for self-explanatory reasons, copies itself to the /etc/init.d/ folder.

This folder contains the daemon scripts for Linux-based systems which are often used for...

By Ryan Daws, 09 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Homes.

Google Assistant has tripled device support in four months

Google has been hard at work increasing the number of devices supported by its Assistant as it fights to control the smart home.

Competing for the smart home is clearly near the top of Google’s priorities as those interactions move away from smartphones. Once a consumer is invested in an ecosystem, it’s difficult to get them to switch.

Google’s main competitor is Amazon with their Alexa ecosystem. Amazon, quite likely as a result of its retail presence, has sold a lot more of its Echo line...

By Ryan Daws, 03 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Homes.

How Thames Water is pushing through smart metering for a win-win scenario

Thames Water provides 2,600 million litres of tap water to nine million customers every single day. But it won't last - and the operator is turning to the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart metering for the answer.

"Put simply, London is running dry," Stephanie Baker, progressive metering programme manager at Thames, told delegates at the IoT Tech Expo yesterday.

Baker cited the harrowing case of Cape Town as an example of how serious some situations could be. Thames predicts that, at the...

By James Bourne, 20 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Homes.

Qualcomm’s Vision Intelligence Platform adds smarts to its new IoT chipsets

Chip manufacturing giant Qualcomm has launched its Vision Intelligence Platform alongside its first two dedicated chipsets for IoT devices.

The new 10nm chipsets, QCS605 and QCS603, can be used for devices such as drones, robotic vacuum cleaners, 360-cameras, and more. Both contain Qualcomm’s latest development in camera and artificial intelligence.

Driving the...

By Ryan Daws, 12 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Google Assistant rolls out ‘routines’ and plans deeper integration with hardware — and even telcos

Google Assistant is rolling out its ‘routines’ feature and plans to embed itself deeper into devices — even integrating directly with telcos.

First announced back in October, the routines feature allows several commands to be linked together from a single phrase. For example, saying “Hey Google, I’m home” may switch on your lights, play some music, set a comfortable temperature, and get the kettle boiling.

By Ryan Daws, 23 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.