Netatmo launches Tags for Welcome Cam, integrates Dropbox to offer free video backup

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Netatmo has announced their Welcome security camera is set to receive two big upgrades in the form of 'Welcome Tags' and the ability to connect your Dropbox account for automatic cloud storage of video. We caught up with two Netatmo representatives who explained the significance of these announcements.   

When it comes to smart home security cameras, the Netatmo Welcome holds 

By Ryan Daws, 21 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Hive expands smart home range with Active Light bulbs

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Hive, a British Gas company, has expanded its smart home range with the launch of its 'Active Light' LED bulbs. Adding to Hive's existing thermostat, window/door sensors, motion sensors, and 'Active Plug' products, the addition of lighting capabilities help consumers to build a basic smart home. 

In order to use the Hive Active Light bulbs, you will need a Hive Hub which costs £80 by itself or is...

By Ryan Daws, 15 June 2016, 1 comment. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Smart homes in Europe and North America total 17.9 million in 2015, says Berg Insight

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A report from Berg Insight claims that the number of smart homes in Europe and North America totalled 17.9 million in 2015.

The smart home market is witnessing strong demand for products such as smart thermostats, security systems, smart light bulbs, network cameras and multi-room audio systems, with prominent vendors including Philips Lighting, Honeywell, Belkin, Nest, Ecobee, MyFox, Sonos, Canary, Netatmo and D-Link.

North America is the market that has witnessed the greatest...

By IoT News, 01 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

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.