Research: Consumer appetite for smart homes is growing – but several concerns remain

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Mindshare, in association with SharpEnd, has launched the results of the first in-depth study into connected products in the home and the opportunity it offers to household brands.

The researchers took a unique approach with their study and built ten connected "product and packaging" prototypes which five households trialled over the course of...

By Ryan Daws, 27 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

UK smart home adoption negatively impacted by ‘consumer mistrust’, research finds

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Only 5% of UK consumers say they want to own a smart home device, according to the latest research from Harris Interactive, with the lack of uptake blamed on ‘consumer mistrust’.

Less than a third of survey respondents said they were willing to use smart home services to save time, according to the research, while technological innovation also didn’t appeal to consumers, with 21% arguing this reason had importance. Additionally, a majority of consumers do not use...

By IoT News, 16 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Smart Homes.

Research: Nest reveals consumer feelings about the IoT

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In research commissioned by Nest and undertaken by Kelton Global and Research Now, 80 percent of US consumers were found to want to make their homes smarter. This is just one finding amongst several which provides a positive impression about the future of the smart home market. 

The growing interest from consumers is equating to sales, with connected home products taking off in retail. “Connected home products like the Nest Thermostat...

By Ryan Daws, 04 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Otis to use AT&T IoT technology to enhance lift connectivity

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Telco giant AT&T and Otis Elevator, a unit of United Technologies, have announced a partnership aiming to utilise IoT technology to improve connectivity of its lifts and escalators.

The collaboration will also ensure the provision of mobility to over 30,000 service employees at Otis companies across the globe.

Otis companies will utilise AT&T IoT technology to gather data from cell networks and connect to a new enhanced cloud environment. Otis will be able to make...

By IoT News, 25 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Why the network is the cornerstone of smart cities

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Research by Gartner predicts a 30% rise in connected “things” to 6.4 billion devices in 2016. These machine to machine (M2M) devices, networked into the Internet of Things (IoT), are starting to appear in urban, industrial and city environments - from security cameras and utility-monitoring sensors, to ticket barriers at stations and healthcare equipment in hospitals. All these applications require the support of 24/7 network...

By Johan Ragmo, 11 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Securing IoT: Taking the pulse of the network

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Manufacturers and developers from a diverse range of industries are already developing and integrating IoT devices into their products, and in the process are creating new and compelling services and business models. From connected cars and smart homes, to connected ‘wearables’ such as Fitbit and Jawbone, the IoT has already established itself.

As increasingly...

By John English, 07 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

More IoT device security woes in latest Bitdefender research

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New research shows that the move to smart homes is actually putting householders at risk of privacy theft after the discovery that a number of commonly used Internet of Things (IoT) consumer devices are vulnerable to cyber attack.

The study, by security provider Bitdefender, showed that four products – the LIFX Bulb, MUZO Cobblestone audio receiver, LinkHub and WeMo switch were all susceptible to breaches.

How each device connected to the Internet and the cloud, as well as the...

By IoT News, 04 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Homes.

Review: Netatmo Weather Station helps to master your surroundings

We're obsessed with the weather, especially us Brits whose stereotypical icebreaker is to discuss it. Creators of innovative smart home solutions, Netatmo, are helping us to at least offer more precise measurements during our awkward conversations with their dedicated Weather Station. 

The main Netatmo Weather Station kit consists of a mains-operated base station for indoor use, along with a smaller battery-operated unit for outdoor measurements. We also have with us a couple of the additional...

By Ryan Daws, 29 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Review: Philips sets the mood with Hue White Ambiance

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When it comes to smart lighting, Philips' Hue range is a leader due to its vast amount of integrations with third-party apps and devices. Your options when it comes to what Hue lighting you want is now bigger, with the launch of their "White Ambiance" lights earlier this month. 

Philips' White Ambiance starter kit is similar to its standard kit – with a bridge hub and two lightbulbs to get you going. The only...

By Ryan Daws, 23 March 2016, 1 comment. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.