Thread Group and Open Connectivity Foundation to collaborate on connected home adoption

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With a view to further cross-application interoperability and device connectivity in the connected home, the Thread Group and the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) have inked a liaison agreement.

Both organisations – which share many member companies – will collaborate to ensure compatibility of OCF's application layer with Thread's low-power, secure and scalable IPv6-based wireless mesh network layer.

Thread Group president, Grant Erickson, said: “Thread Group...

By IoT News, 29 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes, Standards.

High prices and scepticism hinder adoption of IoT in home among UK consumers

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A report from Deloitte has found that while potential customers of IoT-in-the-home products know of the advantages of the technology, adoption is being hindered by scepticism and perceived high prices. IoT-in-the-home products range from smart TVs and wireless speakers to connected kettles and smart lighting systems.

“It is clear from our research that we will see a gradual uptake in IoT devices for the home – not overnight adoption,” said Ben Perkins, Deloitte head of...

By IoT News, 21 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Anglian Water looking to smart metering in new trial

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Anglian Water, one of the largest water recycling and water providers in the UK, is working with communications infrastructure provider Arqiva to trial out a smart water metering service.

The move is in partnership with utility technology provider Sensus, whose smart water meters in residential and non-residential properties will record hourly usage readings and then report back to Anglian Water. The proposed move will enable Anglian to better identify potential leaks or any other...

By James Bourne, 07 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

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.