Could a ‘stepping stone’ approach be required for mass IoT adoption?

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The smart home movement is upon us and has been for some time – but when, and how, will it become the norm for every household?

With an increasing number of manufacturers now embracing the Internet of Things (IoT) and the smart home, the technology is developing at a rapid rate making it now possible to ‘connect’ nearly all aspects of home life. The concept is a great one – equipping all objects with technology that can interact with each other and be...

By Jeremy Stewart, 23 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Only one in three UK consumers say they are familiar with smart tech

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New research from Harris Interactive has found a significant gap between consciousness and familiarity among UK consumers about smart tech.

According to the study, of more than 4000 people, 99% of consumers in the UK are now aware of smart tech, but just 33% have an advanced familiarity with it. The results indicate that greater development is needed for boosting usage of smart tech and its understanding.

The report also found a similar trend in Internet of Things (IoT), with 48%...

By IoT News, 19 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Logitech launches new button to aim to control the smart home

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Logitech is aiming to facilitate control of the smart home at the fingertips of the consumer with the launch of the Logitech Pop Home Switch Starter Pack and Pop Add-On Home Switch. Following set-up, the device allows all members in the home to control smart home devices, from lighting presets to Sonos playlists and more.

The Logitech Pop Home Switch Starter Pack and the Logitech Pop Add-on Home Switch are expected to be available in the US in August. The suggested retail price of the...

By IoT News, 17 August 2016, 1 comment. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

iHome announces compatibility of SmartPlug products with Amazon Alexa devices

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In order to further the relevance of its iHome Control product line, iHome has announced the compatibility of its SmartPlug products with Amazon Alexa devices, including Amazon Echo, Amazon Tap, Echo Dot and Amazon Fire TV.

iHome WiFi SmartPlug is capable of converting any connected device into a smart device. The addition of an Amazon Alexa device to their iHome SmartPlug network allows customers to use their voice to control their smart home.

Gary Schultz, director of business and...

By IoT News, 01 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

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 members...

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.