Review: Ring Doorbell is 'caller ID for the front door'

Ring was founded in 2012 by Jamie Siminoff after pitching the idea to his wife about reinventing the doorbell for the modern world to improve both convenience and security. Rightly she loved the idea, and called it "like caller ID for the front door.” 

Others supported the vision set forth by Siminoff and the company raised $28 million of investment last year, including from Virgin Group founder Richard Branson. Now we're here...

By Ryan Daws, 05 August 2016, 0 comments. 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...

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.

Netatmo launches Tags for Welcome Cam, integrates Dropbox to offer free video backup

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Netatmo has announced their Welcome security camera is set to receive two big upgrades in the form of 'Welcome Tags' and the ability to connect your Dropbox account for automatic cloud storage of video. We caught up with two Netatmo representatives who explained the significance of these announcements.   

When it comes to smart home security cameras, the Netatmo Welcome holds 

By Ryan Daws, 21 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Hive expands smart home range with Active Light bulbs

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Hive, a British Gas company, has expanded its smart home range with the launch of its 'Active Light' LED bulbs. Adding to Hive's existing thermostat, window/door sensors, motion sensors, and 'Active Plug' products, the addition of lighting capabilities help consumers to build a basic smart home. 

In order to use the Hive Active Light bulbs, you will need a Hive Hub which costs £80 by itself or is...

By Ryan Daws, 15 June 2016, 1 comment. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Smart homes in Europe and North America total 17.9 million in 2015, says Berg Insight

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A report from Berg Insight claims that the number of smart homes in Europe and North America totalled 17.9 million in 2015.

The smart home market is witnessing strong demand for products such as smart thermostats, security systems, smart light bulbs, network cameras and multi-room audio systems, with prominent vendors including Philips Lighting, Honeywell, Belkin, Nest, Ecobee, MyFox, Sonos, Canary, Netatmo and D-Link.

North America is the market that has witnessed the greatest...

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