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 IoT-enabled devices...

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

Hive launches 'Honeycomb' smart home products

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Hive, a British Gas innovation, has announced the availability of new smart home products for its 'Honeycomb' IoT platform. Now available for purchase is the Hive Active Plug™ and the Hive Window/Door Sensor, with the Hive Motion Sensor also joining the line-up from 9th February. 

The new products join Hive's existing Active Heating™ smart thermostat and help...

By Ryan Daws, 27 January 2016, 2 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

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.

Manufacturing and transportation dominate worldwide IoT spending in 2015 – other verticals to overtake

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An IDC spending guide projects the IoT industry will see a 17% CAGR in the period 2015–2019 to reach $1.3 trillion at the end of the timeframe. Asia/Pacific will dominate spending from a geographical point of view, accounting for 40% of the worldwide total in 2015. North America and Western Europe will take second and third place, accounting for $250 billion in combined...

By IoT News, 15 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Manufacturing, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Eindhoven University develops self-charging wireless sensor

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Researchers from the Eindhoven University of Technology have developed a tiny wireless temperature sensor powered by radio waves from the sensor's wireless network.

The unique power source means the sensor does not have to be charged by wire, nor does it require a battery change. It could have several applications, including within smart buildings, payment systems, wireless identification,...

By IoT News, 09 December 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Smart cities to use 1.6 billion connected things by 2016

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A new Gartner study has estimated that smart commercial buildings will be the highest IoT user until 2017, after which smart homes will take over with just over one billion connected things in 2018.

The Gartner study estimates that 1.6 billion connected things will be in use by smart cities in 2016, marking an increase of 39% from 2015.

IoT implementation can greatly benefit commercial real estate, offering a...

By IoT News, 08 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Bluetooth IoT roadmap for 2016 unveiled, greater speeds and range promised

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In order to ensure the relevance of Bluetooth in the IoT, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has planned a number of enhancements as part of its 2016 technology roadmap, including longer range, higher speeds, and mesh networking.

The improvements are being put in place in order to cater to the demands of industries such as smart home, industrial automation, location-based services and smart infrastructure. Products such as Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) are already being used on...

By IoT News, 19 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes, Standards.

Residential IoT on the rise, says new study

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A new Navigant Research report has predicted that revenue from residential IoT device shipments will exceed $330 billion (£217bn) by 2025.

The report reviews the market opportunity for residential IoT devices in terms of shipments, revenue and installed base over 2015-2025. The IoT concept has penetrated the residential environment, with smartphone-controlled LED lights and smart home devices like thermostats. Other IoT devices include smart meters, smart appliances and plugs,...

By IoT News, 13 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Why the workplace of the future is smarter and better connected

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The future is a talkative place. Not only are we more connected, but so too are our machines, environments and systems. Enhanced sensors, connectivity and software are at the heart of a new wave of technology that has the ability to reimagine our lives. Our working ones in particular stand to benefit with the rise of smart, efficient spaces and buildings.

Gartner tells us that by 2020, 25 billion ‘things’ will be connected....

By Mark Furness, 12 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

ThyssenKrupp cuts lift downtime with MAX powered by Microsoft Azure IoT

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ThyssenKrupp Elevator has announced a collaboration with Microsoft in order to improve lift maintenance and ensure a drastic reduction in downtime.

The predictive and pre-emptive service solution, known as MAX, is powered by Microsoft Azure IoT technology and involves the real-time aggregation of data in the Azure cloud platform, where the lifetime of lift systems and components is determined via an algorithm.

As a result, service technicians gain real-time insight on repairs and...

By IoT News, 03 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.