A year ago, most people’s image of a light bulb hack was a teenage prankster randomly turning lights on and off while they watched the family run from room to room to figure out what is wrong with their system. This would certainly be perceived as annoying but not a real threat to personal security or property. However, people are now beginning to realize the real danger; networked lighting can be an entry point to the entire smart home or building automation system.
The Department of Energy has announced up to $70 million in funding for the next Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute, which will be focused on smart manufacturing. With this investment, the Department aims to support research and development advancements that can reduce the cost of deployment for technologies such as advanced sensors, controls, platforms, and modeling for manufacturing by as much as 50 percent.
In Europe, a US based IoT market research and consulting firm Parks Associates has forecast that 2.5 million western European households will have a smart home controller by 2019.Stuart Stikes, president at Parks Associates attributes the forecast to the growth in smart homes.He says: “Smart home systems will need the flexibility to deliver multiple value propositions within the household.
Amazon’s Echo Bluetooth speaker can already control a wealth of home automation devices, from Samsung’s SmartThings to Philips’ Hue, but now it has added yet another – Insteon.Like other home automation devices interfacing with Echo, users can use voice recognition to control the various products located around their home. For example, turning on a light is as simple as saying “Alexa, set living room lamp to 50 percent.” Users aren’t forced to turn on each light one by one either.
In the next five years, our homes will have lots of devices connected to cloud services: thermostats, security systems, refrigerators, washers, dryers, coffeemakers, cars, TVs, set-top-boxes, doorbells, light switches … you name it.All the Internet of things devices will communicate with different cloud systems for data storage, compute services, and software updates. Our homes may suffer from a level of cloud complexity to rival that of smaller enterprises.
You’re driving home from work. Your connected car pings your estimated time of arrival to your smart home, which springs into life.The thermostatically controlled heating comes on; your chosen lighting scheme glows welcomingly; the oven begins warming up the casserole you cooked the night before.
The County of Santa Cruz is installing a state-of-the-art energy storage system at the county’s largest administrative building — making it the first energy storage installation in the county and the largest installation at a county facility in Northern California.
Have you ever considered how many hours are wasted, traveling to work and back every day? Now picture a scenario where you can work while you are being driven to your destination along the fastest and safest routes – without it costing you anything extra? Wouldn’t that be great? Brace yourself – cities are about to change forever. It’s already happening in the backyards of tech and automobile giants like Google, Audi and Mercedes where driverless cars or self-driven automotive technology is being developed and fine-tuned.
The real magic of robots and the Internet of Things is happening right now at Amazon’s vast fulfillment warehouses in the US. See what it’s all about, and learn how simple robotics can transform your organization’s logistical needs. While there is no shortage of stories about the future potential of Amazon’s drone delivery program, the real magic of the Internet of Things (IoT) is already happening at Amazon’s vast fulfillment warehouses in the US. Thousands of robots in these locations gather merchandise for individual orders.
Insteon’s home-automation hub has become the latest in a growing selection of home-automation products that can be controlled from Amazon’s voice-controlled Echo smart speaker.Home-automation products from Wink, Smart Things, Belkin and Philips Hue can also controlled from the Wi-Fi-equipped Echo via Amazon’s Alexa Cloud-based voice service. Alexa also lets consumers access Cloud-based information and music services from Echo via natural-language voice commands. The Echo accesses home-automation devices that use the cloud-based IFTTT service.