Research: Consumer appetite for smart homes is growing – but several concerns remain
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Mindshare, in association with SharpEnd, has launched the results of the first in-depth study into connected products in the home and the opportunity it offers to household brands.
The researchers took a unique approach with their study and built ten connected "product and packaging" prototypes which five households trialled over the course of...
Research: Nest reveals consumer feelings about the IoT
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In research commissioned by Nest and undertaken by Kelton Global and Research Now, 80 percent of US consumers were found to want to make their homes smarter. This is just one finding amongst several which provides a positive impression about the future of the smart home market.
The growing interest from consumers is equating to sales, with connected home products taking off in retail. “Connected home products like the Nest Thermostat...
Research: Gartner predicts spending on IoT security will reach $348m this year
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Analyst powerhouse Gartner has predicted that global spending on IoT security will reach $348 million this year, up almost 24 percent from the $281 million spent last year. Furthermore, the firm believes spend will reach $434 million in 2017 and $547 million in 2018.
This momentum is set to continue, and...
Review: Netatmo Weather Station helps to master your surroundings
We're obsessed with the weather, especially us Brits whose stereotypical icebreaker is to discuss it. Creators of innovative smart home solutions, Netatmo, are helping us to at least offer more precise measurements during our awkward conversations with their dedicated Weather Station.
The main Netatmo Weather Station kit consists of a mains-operated base station for indoor use, along with a smaller battery-operated unit for outdoor measurements. We also have with us a couple of the additional...
Review: Philips sets the mood with Hue White Ambiance
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When it comes to smart lighting, Philips' Hue range is a leader due to its vast amount of integrations with third-party apps and devices. Your options when it comes to what Hue lighting you want is now bigger, with the launch of their "White Ambiance" lights earlier this month.
Philips' White Ambiance starter kit is similar to its standard kit – with a bridge hub and two lightbulbs to get you going. The only...
Fitbit teams-up with Amazon to give Alexa fitness-tracking abilities
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As we reported last month, the Amazon Echo and its Alexa artificial intelligence has begun to emerge as the leader in the smart home space due to its vast integrations. The list of supported devices grew bigger today, with the announcement that Fitbit has partnered with Amazon to give Alexa...
Review: Piper NV is ear-splittingly good for security
Piper offers more than just an IoT security camera, it can also be a hub for your smart home through integration with Z-Wave compatible devices to easily offer a more complete home automation solution than we’ve seen from most individual products so far.
Needless to say we're impressed with the level of integration which Piper supports, but how does the Piper NV stack up in other areas?
Review: Logi Circle captures life's best moments
Over the past few weeks there's been an uptick in IoT security cameras arriving in the office, so it's refreshing to use a camera less about protecting your home from thieves and more about capturing the moments in your life which matter.
Logi Circle is a playful device, in line with the Logi brand, but should it take a spot on your shelf at home?
I've always had a certain affection for...
Research: Amazon is leading the smart home
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New research from Argus Insights points towards a smart home leader beginning to emerge, which should lead to a settling of the market and increase the focus on interoperability between devices.
Most current solutions have their disadvantages – HomeKit requires a secure Apple chip to control apps with Siri, whilst Nest's Weave is limited to a small amount of devices. Amazon is leading the pack with their 'Echo' smart home ecosystem...
#MWC16: F-Secure's router brings Sense to IoT security
With all your IoT devices transmitting sensitive data – you want to ensure it's secure. You would hope security is a priority to manufacturers of the devices you purchase, but even those with the best intentions can leave a hole open to exploit from ever-capable hackers.
F-Secure has long been a trusted guardian of your technology, and many people will have used their desktop and mobile solutions to help ensure malicious activity is blocked. The company is bringing their security expertise...
Review: NETGEAR Arlo Q offers impersonal security
When a networking giant like NETGEAR announces they've entered the smart home space; you expect a high-level of reliability just like the rest of their equipment. Last year saw the release of the wireless Arlo security camera, and this year a new camera joins the range in the form of the Arlo Q.
Earlier this week, IoT Tech took a trip over to an event in London where we heard many bold claims about the new camera and received a sample for us to put through its paces. In...
QoS platform for IoT devices launched by Gemalto
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Gemalto, an international digital security company, has announced the launch of a Quality of Service (QoS) platform for the IoT to provide monitoring of smart devices running on cellular networks. The 'LinqUs' platform aims to highlight problems in real-time, to ensure a high-level of service.
A QoS platform like the...
Review: Welcome home Netatmo
Netatmo’s security camera, Welcome, is getting better with age. Last month, the Welcome received an update with improved facial recognition, smoke alarm detection, and personal FTP storage. The update has prompted us to give the device a proper test, and see how it's getting on in the increasingly crowded market.
"Welcome is a game changer, making smart homes even smarter," claims Fred Potter, Founder and CEO at Netatmo. "It is the most...
IoT devices may be used to spy on you, claims US intelligence chief
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Little is a surprise when it comes to government surveillance, but it seems there are simply no boundaries as to how or when citizens' privacy can be invaded. It was only a matter of time, but the US Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, has said that security agencies may snoop on citizens using Internet of Things devices.
Connected devices often have a range...
Security guidelines for the IoT published by GSMA
The GSMA, an official body which represents telecom companies, has published guidelines today which aim to ensure the secure deployment of IoT services and devices. Developed in consultation with the mobile industry, ‘The GSMA IoT Security Guidelines’ will help to boost growth of this exciting sector.
“As billions of devices become connected in the Internet of Things, offering innovative and interconnected new services, the possibility of potential vulnerabilities...
Nokia beefs-up IoT security with network-wide tool
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Nokia has launched a network-wide tool called NetGuard this morning, providing operators with an easy-to-use platform to monitor and control all the multi-vendor security systems deployed across its telecommunications network.
Since moving away from their handset business – after selling the division to Microsoft in 2013 – Nokia has focused on its network...
i-Motors project will lead to improved cars, smarter cities
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If you're an avid reader of IoT Tech, or just follow the industry, you'll know the Internet of Things is still a mess of standards vying for attention. A new "i-Motors" project is jumping in the fray and hopes to finally standardise how connected vehicles communicate with one another, and to other machines in a bid to make our cities smarter.
A potential key...
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...
Sigfox provides IoT network in Antarctica - part of humanitarian work
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Not long ago I was on a WiFi-enabled flight thinking about just how incredible that is, but also how it was more reliable than my connection at home was during that period. This led me to think even higher above my head, to astronauts in the ISS, who also have an internet connection (however slow.)
Sigfox is using its expertise to build an IoT network in...