Review: Piper NV is ear-splittingly good for security

Piper offers more than just an IoT security camera, it can also be a hub for your smart home through integration with Z-Wave compatible devices to easily offer a more complete home automation solution than we’ve seen from most individual products so far. 

Needless to say we're impressed with the level of integration which Piper supports, but how does the Piper NV stack up in other areas? 

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By Ryan Daws, 10 March 2016, 1 comment. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Review: Logi Circle captures life's best moments

Over the past few weeks there's been an uptick in IoT security cameras arriving in the office, so it's refreshing to use a camera less about protecting your home from thieves and more about capturing the moments in your life which matter. 

Logi Circle is a playful device, in line with the Logi brand, but should it take a spot on your shelf at home? 

Hardware 

I've always had a certain affection for...

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

Research: Amazon is leading the smart home

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New research from Argus Insights points towards a smart home leader beginning to emerge, which should lead to a settling of the market and increase the focus on interoperability between devices. 

Most current solutions have their disadvantages – HomeKit requires a secure Apple chip to control apps with Siri, whilst Nest's Weave is limited to a small amount of devices. Amazon is leading the pack with their 'Echo' smart home ecosystem...

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

#MWC16: F-Secure's router brings Sense to IoT security

With all your IoT devices transmitting sensitive data – you want to ensure it's secure. You would hope security is a priority to manufacturers of the devices you purchase, but even those with the best intentions can leave a hole open to exploit from ever-capable hackers. 

F-Secure has long been a trusted guardian of your technology, and many people will have used their desktop and mobile solutions to help ensure malicious activity is blocked. The company is bringing their security expertise...

By Ryan Daws, 23 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Homes.

Review: NETGEAR Arlo Q offers impersonal security

When a networking giant like NETGEAR announces they've entered the smart home space; you expect a high-level of reliability just like the rest of their equipment. Last year saw the release of the wireless Arlo security camera, and this year a new camera joins the range in the form of the Arlo Q

Earlier this week, IoT Tech took a trip over to an event in London where we heard many bold claims about the new camera and received a sample for us to put through its paces. In...

By Ryan Daws, 19 February 2016, 1 comment. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Review: Welcome home Netatmo

Netatmo’s security camera, Welcome, is getting better with age. Last month, the Welcome received an update with improved facial recognition, smoke alarm detection, and personal FTP storage. The update has prompted us to give the device a proper test, and see how it's getting on in the increasingly crowded market. 

"Welcome is a game changer, making smart homes even smarter," claims Fred Potter, Founder and CEO at Netatmo. "It is the most...

By Ryan Daws, 12 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Homes.

How IoT is set to work for demand response use cases

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Energy management technology developer Rainforest Automation has launched a new range of products and services that make use of the Internet of Things (IoT) and industry standard protocols such as OpenADR, ZigBee, WiFi, and Internet Protocol (IP) to provide a solution that brings together resources from widely distributed homes and small businesses.

Rainforest’s portfolio is targeted at utilities that are looking to deploy Demand Response programs for their residential and small...

By IoT News, 08 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Why this year’s CES showed the IoT is here to stay

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CES 2016, the year’s hottest trade show for consumer electronics, featured a broad swath of tech products across a large number of industries. However, one cohesive theme resounded: the IoT is firmly here, and those that wish to remain relevant had best get on board. The increased viability of...

By Eran Eshed, 01 February 2016, 1 comment. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes, Wearables.

WRD Systems: Our vision for the Internet of Things – less hype, more M2M

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The problem with the Internet of Things is that few people truly understand what it is really about.

A large percentage of people who do understand it tend to discard it as yet another marketing hype such as “the cloud” with very little real substance. Due to all kinds of news reports on security issues, vendor lock-ins and lack of open standards, cost overruns, etc. these people tend to see their opinions confirmed.

We also tend to agree with this group – to a...

By Johan Dams, 13 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.