Google is preparing an Amazon Echo Show competitor

Perhaps it was only a matter of time, but rumours indicate Google is preparing to launch a competitor to the Amazon Echo Show.

TechCrunch reports hearing from multiple sources that Google is building a smart home device with a screen. Like with the Echo Show, this would allow the device to display useful information visually such as the weather forecast.

Amazon has left itself somewhat vulnerable in this space with the Echo Show often seen as having the right idea, but with a lackluster execution.

By Ryan Daws, 29 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Nest goes after Ring and home security players with latest updates

Nest, the Alphabet-owned smart home automation provider, has issued a variety of roadmap and product updates around home security.

Among the products, as part of an overall home security solution, is a secure alarm system, an outdoor security camera, as well as a video doorbell system.

The move is the “next phase” of Nest’s strategy to “create the thoughtful home,” in the words of CEO Marwan Fawaz. “Today we’re disrupting yet another product industry: home...

By James Bourne, 21 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Homes.

Itron acquires Silver Spring Networks in “intelligent strategic move”

Itron, an energy and water resource management provider, has announced the acquisition of Silver Spring Networks (SSN) for approximately $830 million (£615.6m).

Silver Spring Networks is a San Jose, California-based provider of IoT connectivity platforms and solutions to utilities and cities. With its widespread global network in the smart utility and smart city sectors, the company has generated more than 20% of its revenues via its primarily recurring managed services and SaaS solutions, which is...

By IoT News, 19 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

UK announces plan to integrate IoT devices with the grid

The UK government has announced its plan to integrate IoT devices with the national grid to improve sustainability and reduce consumer energy costs.

By working alongside manufacturers, the UK government is aiming to create standards for a smarter and more flexible energy system. This could mean some devices are switched on when costs are at their lowest, and others switched off when the grid is under stress.

Examples include a smart washing machine which switches on when electricity is...

By Ryan Daws, 25 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Silicon Labs deploys the first Bluetooth Mesh solution for IoT developers

Just days after we reported on the announcement of Bluetooth Mesh, Silicon Labs has become the first to introduce a comprehensive suite of software and hardware which supports the new specification.

As we noted in our previous article, Bluetooth Mesh has all the right ingredients to enable Bluetooth to become a key wireless standard due to its low-power, ubiquitousness, and now with extended...

By Ryan Daws, 20 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Smart Homes, Standards.

FBI posts a warning to parents about IoT gadgets

The FBI has posted a ‘consumer notice’ to consumers with children about the dangers of IoT gadgets.

Anyone who follows the computing industry will be aware of the dangers of insecure IoT devices. Some of the potential threats are external of the home, such as devices being hijacked to carry out attacks. Others can be internal and pose a danger to your family’s privacy, such as a hacked webcam.

The FBI makes the following recommendations:

  • Research for any known reported security issues online to include, but not limited to:

  • Only connect and use toys in environments with trusted and secured Wi-Fi Internet...

By Ryan Daws, 19 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Homes.

Bluetooth ups its IoT cred with mesh networking

In the ongoing fight to become a dominant wireless standard for the IoT, an update to Bluetooth has provided mesh networking capabilities.

"By adding support for mesh networking, the Bluetooth member community is continuing a long history of focused innovation to help new, up-and-coming markets flourish," said Mark Powell, executive director for Bluetooth SIG, Inc. "In the same way the connected device market experienced rapid growth after the introduction of 

By Ryan Daws, 18 July 2017, 1 comment. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes, Standards.

WaterGroup to leverage its smart water metering solutions using Thinxtra’s LPWAN

WaterGroup, a leading smart water meter provider in Australia, has signed a five-year agreement with Thinxtra. WaterGroup will make use of Thinxtra’s Sigfox Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) to boost the capabilities of its IoT smart water meter connections.

WaterGroup, after having spent 24 months researching and developing multiple LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) wireless technologies, found the Sigfox technology most suitable to fit its needs. Thinxtra is expecting the Sigfox network to cover...

By IoT News, 17 July 2017, 2 comments. Categories: Smart Homes.

Bevi raises $16.5 million in series B to ramp up smart vending machines

Smart beverage machine maker Bevi has raised $16.5 million in a series B funding round conducted by Trinity Ventures, with an ongoing support from Horizons Ventures and Tamarisc.

The funding will be used to expand its presence throughout the US, the company said. A part of the funding will be used towards launching their new counter-top beverage dispenser model, and also towards speeding up the development of IoT-enabled technology to enable consumers to customise their beverages at the point of use.

The new...

By IoT News, 14 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Nvidia and Baidu announce collaboration on AI in the car, home, and cloud

Nvidia and Chinese giant Baidu have announced plans to collaborate on AI technology for self-driving vehicles, cloud computing, and home assistants.

The announcement was made during Baidu's AI developer conference in Beijing. Baidu president and COO Qi Lu described his company's plans to work with NVIDIA to:

  • Bring next-generation NVIDIA® Volta™ GPUs to Baidu Cloud, providing cloud customers with the world's leading deep learning platform.

  • Adopt NVIDIA's DRIVE™ PX platform for Baidu's self-driving car initiative, and develop self-driving cars with...

By Ryan Daws, 06 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Homes.