Alexa’s CV now features over 15,000 skills

Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa has surpassed 15,000 skills – up from 10,000 in February.

For users of Alexa-enabled devices like Amazon’s own popular Echo line – which currently includes the Echo speaker and Echo Dot, and will soon include the Echo Show – the vast number of new voice-powered apps has greatly expanded the assistant’s capabilities.

The 15,000 skills figure was reported by Voicebot following an analysis of skills available in...

By Ryan Daws, 05 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Mueller Systems and Senet partner for smart water management in North America

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Mueller Systems and Senet have partnered to introduce new advancements to water utilities through usage of smart-water metering throughout North America.

Mueller Systems, provider of smart metering solutions to optimise the delivery and use of water, will employ the services of Senet, the first and fastest growing provider of low-power, wide-area networks (LPWANs) with its class-leading LoRa modulation for IoT/M2M applications in North America to boost its AMI solution and Mi.Net...

By IoT News, 26 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Amazon releases API for viewing IoT cameras on Echo Show

Amazon has introduced live video feeds via Alexa on the Echo Show and launched an API for any manufacturer to support it.

Earlier this year Amazon announced the Echo Show, which is due to begin shipping next week. The main difference between the new Echo and its predecessors is that it features a screen for users to interact with.

To boost the Echo Show’s capabilities at launch, Amazon has partnered with companies like Ring, Arlo, Nest, August, EZViz, Vivint, Amcrest, and IC Realtime to...

By Ryan Daws, 22 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Notion raises $10 million in series A to further smart home solutions

IoT smart home sensor startup Notion has announced it has raised $10 million in series A funding, bringing the total to $15m since its launch in 2013.

The company aims to accrue support for its home monitoring sensors, with the funding led by Draper Nexus and TransLink Capital, with additional participation from existing investors including XL Innovate, and Mesh VC.

Notion will leverage its partnerships with three of the top five home-insurance providers and also forge new ones to offer cost-effective loss...

By IoT News, 20 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Qualcomm aims to improve IoT networks with Mesh Networking Platform

Chipset giant Qualcomm has unveiled its Mesh Networking Platform which aims to serve as a reference design for OEMs and broadband carriers to improve the connected home experience for end consumers.

“Qualcomm Technologies helped create a new category of mesh networks that are transforming in-home connectivity,” said Gopi Sirineni, vice president, product management, Qualcomm. “With our new Qualcomm Mesh Networking Platform, we are building upon that foundation to...

By Ryan Daws, 30 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

How Japan is using cellular IoT to lead the way for mass smart metering deployment

As the Internet of Things continues to advance, the smart metering market is expected to explode. Influenced by rising energy prices, increases of energy theft, demand for more accurate billing and a heightened awareness of energy conservation, the global market is expected to reach nearly $20 billion by 2022.

Nowhere is this more evident than in Japan where, following the

By Ilan Reingold, 30 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Orange sets up Spanish smart home security subscriber service

Orange has partnered with Tyco to launch a smartphone-based ‘smart security’ service, exclusive to Orange customers in Spain.

This service connects a user’s home to Tyco’s Monitoring Centre, ensures 24-hour connection with the police and monitoring by a team having high expertise, and guarantees a response when the alarm is triggered.

The security equipment comprises of a central panel, a motion sensor, a PIR Cam and a keypad, and door/window sensors (which allow users to create...

By IoT News, 12 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Homes.

Smart home revolution gains momentum in Australia, Telsyte says

More than 40% of households in Australia have at least one smart home device, up from 29% in 2016, according to the latest study by Telsyte.

The report, which comes in at 98 pages, also finds the average Australian household has 13.7 Internet connected devices in 2017, with that number expected to increase to 30.7 by 2021. 14 of these are expected to be what Telsyte calls ‘IoT@Home’ devices – smart home devices – in four years’ time. The collective value of the smart home market...

By IoT News, 10 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Amazon sees AI, machine learning, and drones as prime opportunity for UK expansion

In a further commitment to its long-term UK investment, Amazon plans to add 400 staff to its R&D centre in Cambridge to focus on AI, machine learning, and drones.

Engineers hired to work at the centre will include “machine learning scientists, knowledge engineers, data scientists, mathematical modelers, speech scientists, and software engineers.” The new employees will be working on the future of Amazon’s products and services – including the Echo and Kindle lines, and...

By Ryan Daws, 04 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Opinion: What makes a smart home truly smart?

Opinion What makes a smart home smart? An increasing number of companies want to know the answer to that question. According to a recent report from Harbor Research, “the smart home market is gaining substantial momentum, with an estimated 900 million smart devices existing in households across the world today."

At the most basic level, a smart home is one that has sensor-enabled products that are part of the Internet of Things (IoT), plus a way to make...

By Oliver Cockcroft, 03 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Homes.