As the world struggles to leave behind a period of weak demand and poor productivity growth, many business and government leaders are looking to the next wave of technology innovation to revitalize their economies. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) could be the largest driver of economic growth and employment in the next decade. But much of its potential is at risk of being lost as companies and policy makers fail to exploit the opportunity.
At the G20 Summit this past September, the World Bank announced its plans to base a Global Infrastructure Initiative (GII) in Australia. The effort is specifically geared toward bringing more pension fund investment to infrastructure projects, as well as significant allocations of public and private capital into infrastructure, as a support to the backbone of economic development. It is a way to address both a $500 billion a year global infrastructure funding gap and the low returns and investment restrictions many pensions face.
Sears Holdings has begun rolling out Connected Solutions shops to 200 Sears and 300 Kmart stores around the country, and is planning a major demo-home prototype display in San Bruno, Calif.
The shops are under 2,000 square feet and feature live displays of over 100 wireless products, including wearables, locks, garage door openers, thermostats, motion sensors and monitors, along a 50-foot aisle.
Sears is also planning a more elaborate 3,900-square-foot demo home within Sears’ San Bruno store in Tanforan Mall, which will feature lifestyle vignettes within its rooms and product displays by category.
In 2013, Lutron Electronics announced a new line of ClearConnect RF products called Caseta, featuring lighting controls that were some 60-percent cheaper than Lutron’s full-featured RF products such as Radio Ra and HomeWorks.
Beginning with Staples Connect that same year, some manufacturers started embedding the radio in their low-cost home automation hubs, making their products directly interoperable with Caseta, as well as Lutron’s new Serena motorized shading line that employs the same radio.
Communications are critical as distributed energy resources change the grid behavior. It is about both technology choices and connectivity management. Régis Hourdouillie explains what the drivers are.
One of the best things I’ve purchased in a while was a Nest thermostat. It’s saved me money and made controlling the temperature in my home infinitely easier. The ability to change the temperature settings from anywhere (so long as I have my Android with me) means I can come home to a comfortable environment, even when the temperature is near zero. But what happens when you’re en route to home or your office and you want to change the temperature? You can’t just pick up your phone and make the change (that would be too dangerous).
Amidst the bedazzled wearable tech and the gamified toothbrushes, the intelligent, connected house was a top draw at this year’s International Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas.
The evolution of the past few years has brought smart home technologies from the wealthy fringe to stuff that people are already buying, and not just playing with on the show floor of CES.
Energy use in the smart home is more embedded into the entire package than ever before. That’s good news, because energy geeks don’t make up most of the mass market.
Some key vendors in the smarthome space have suggested that Apple is planning an official HomeKit launch, and sooner rather than later. While Apple announced HomeKit as part of iOS 8 back at WWDC, the company hasn’t said much about it since the initial announcement. That might be about to change.
A gateway is a bridge that connects wireless devices to the Internet. Texas Instruments’ Linux-based Home Automation Gateway enables remote monitoring and control of ZigBee® powered nodes and devices inside the home. The gateway reference design includes ZigBee Home Automation (HA 1.2) certified software stack and tens of APIs that simplify ZigBee integration and application development in a Linux system.
Cree, which makes the No. 1-selling LED bulb, is entering the “smart bulb” market.
The Durham-based LED lighting company announced Thursday that the Connected Cree LED Bulb will be available from Home Depot online and in stores later this month. The price for the equivalent of a 60-watt bulb: $14.97.
CentraLite Systems has inked a deal to sell its home automation devices in Lowe’s Home Improvement stores, the company said in a press release.
The company will design, engineer and manufacture a number of products for Lowe’s Iris platform, a home management systems that allows consumers to control thermostats, alarms and lighting from a computer and mobile devices.
Apple will allow its upcoming Siri-controlled HomeKit platform to work with certain existing, non-HomeKit home automation products, including ones using competing protocols such as ZigBee or Z-Wave, but there are many limitations. According to sources briefed on the new specs, the latest Made for iPhone (MFi) licensing program specifications detail the types of home automation products other than HomeKit that Apple will permit to interact with its platform.
WEMO is showing off a line of new Zigbee products to complement existing WEMO devices. The products utilize a bridge to your network and can be used for a variety of purposes.
China retained its global top spot for clean energy investment in 2014, with surging demand especially in both solar and wind.
According to The Bloomberg New Energy Finance report, the country’s investment in clean energy last year hit a record US$89.5 billion (S$119 billion), a 32 percent rise on 2013, accounting for about 29 percent of the world’s total.
Investment worldwide totaled US$310 billion, up 16 percent on the previous year, driven by surges in investment in solar energy in China and the United States, and offshore wind energy in Europe, said the report.
Survalent Technology’s Advanced Distrubution Management System (ADMS) took home the award for the Best Smart Grid Solution at the 2014 Rural Smart Grid Summit (RSGS), held at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona.
There were 40 vendors that competed for the award and 102 utility executives in attendance that voted for the vendor they felt provided the most exciting product or solution. The utility executives spent three days collaborating with top smart grid vendors discussing solutions available to rural cooperative utilities.
Home Automation was the talk of this year’s CES, and the prospects of Apple’s HomeKit loomed large over many product announcements.
Most of what “debuted” at CES was either predicted or had already been “soft announced” prior. Much of the new products and announcements surrounded integrating with Nest’s smart thermostat and smoke detector, Apple’s HomeKit framework, Samsung’s SmartThings hub and a handful of other “smart device” ecosystems.
I spent my CES looking for the solution to the growing complexity in the smart home and didn’t really find it. Instead, I came to the conclusion that the best option out there for a regular person trying to create an easy-to-use smart home automation system is the Works with Nest program. Not the not-even-ready-for-prime-time HomeKit, not SmartThings, not Wink or Insteon or any one of a dozen still-to-be-launched hub and sensor packages that are still coming to the market in 2015.
The year is 2018. After a long day at work, you pull into your driveway, whip out your iPhone 10 Plus and say, “Siri, I’m home.”
Your garage door opens silently, beckoning you to enter the ultra-connected smart home of the future.
As you walk in, your lights turn on. The wife used to get on you about leaving the lights on, but her nagging feels like a distant memory now. Your thermostat cools everything down to a comfortable 69 degrees. Knowing that you pulled into the driveway two minutes ago, your oven has started preheating itself. You usually fix dinner for yourself on Thursdays, so it’s time for frozen pizza.
Local technology firm BLACKLOUD recently unveiled its latest innovation in home automation. The BUZZI is a Wi-Fi enabled smart plug that allows for precise worldwide control of home electronics through smart phones and other wireless devices. This intelligent outlet looks to revolutionize home life by linking any number of power outlets directly to mobile devices through cloud-based technology, enabling convenient and complete control of home electronics from anywhere in the world.
Reed Exhibitions Japan will be holding the 5th edition of the leading international exhibition & conference in Japan specialised in technologies and services related to Smart Grid – INT’L SMART GRID EXPO http://www.smartgridexpo.jp/en/ from February 25-27, 2015 at Tokyo Big Sight Japan. Various exhibits such as smart meters, infrastructure, IT systems and service suppliers, energy management systems/solutions, system operation services etc. will gather from across Japan and the world. With the comprehensive conference sessions held concurrent to the exhibition, INT’L SMART GRID EXPO is sure to be the hub for business between industry professionals.