31. August 2016 · Comments Off on 5 Top Wearables Companies to Watch · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

The market for wearable devices is absolutely on fire. Case in point, the global wearables market grew 67% during the first quarter of 2016, according to researcher IDC. Predictably, tech investors are busy searching for the top wearables companies to add to their portfolios. So, which companies are churning out the tech wearables consumers want the most? Let’s quickly review which companies dominate wearable tech today.

Source: 5 Top Wearables Companies to Watch — The Motley Fool

30. August 2016 · Comments Off on Logitech Pop Review: A smarter button for the IoT · Categories: News · Tags: ,

It’s an awkward fact of life: the smart home, and the Internet of Things in general, is meant to make life more streamlined but can often just leave us poking at our phones more frequently. Want to turn the lights on? There’s an app for that. Want to play your favorite new album? There’s an app for that too. Sometimes you yearn for the halcyon days of a switch, and that’s just what Logitech is offering with Pop, a programmable shortcut button.

Source: Logitech Pop Review: A smarter button for the IoT – SlashGear

30. August 2016 · Comments Off on Time to ditch the “dumb” grid and embrace a smart energy future : Renew Economy · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Australia’s National Energy Market is hamstrung by an out-dated, ‘dumb’ grid, and must be updated to face the realities of low carbon, low marginal cost energy generation. Greater inter-connectivity is the first critical step needed to ensure sufficient competition in the market to drive down prices, and allow the continuity of supply in periods of low renewable generation.A diversified energy mix is required to ensure continuity of low carbon energy supply and growth of investment opportunities. Continual and increasing investment in increasing efficiency of wind and solar photovoltaic power, as well as in alternative methods of generation such as bioenergy, geothermal, concentrated solar power, and tidal power is required.

Source: Time to ditch the “dumb” grid and embrace a smart energy future : Renew Economy

29. August 2016 · Comments Off on Lowe’s And Alexa Are Now A Thing · Categories: News · Tags:

Lowe’s has welcomed Amazon into its Iris family of home-automation products with open arms.The No. 2 home improvement chain has joined the growing ranks of developers who have incorporated the e-tailer’s Alexa intelligent voice control service into its devices.

Source: Lowe’s And Alexa Are Now A Thing | Twice

29. August 2016 · Comments Off on Grid-scale battery storage not yet ‘panacea’ for Australia renewables  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

A senior solar energy researcher from the University of Queensland has questioned the role of grid-scale battery storage as the “missing link” of Australia’s shift to renewables, and suggested that much more research needs to be done if the technology is to be rolled out successfully. Professor Paul Meredith – who is the head of solar at UQ, and oversees the University’s world-leading research project, the Gatton PV Pilot Plant, which is being conducted in conjunction with First Solar – says that while the technology is available, adding grid-scale battery storage to the NEM will be highly complex, and just one part of the future grid puzzle.

Source: Grid-scale battery storage not yet ‘panacea’ for Australia renewables : Renew Economy

29. August 2016 · Comments Off on Best Buy Builds Connected Home Demo In Mall Of America · Categories: News · Tags: ,

For the next three weeks Best Buy is calling Minnesota’s Mall of America home, or rather Tech Home.That’s the name given the multi-room, connected-home pop-up demo now holding court in the world’s largest shopping mall.

Source: Best Buy Builds Connected Home Demo In Mall Of America | Twice

28. August 2016 · Comments Off on LandisGyr Announces Wi-SUN Certification For Smart Grid Network Radio Technology · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Landis+Gyr, a global leader in energy management solutions, has successfully completed Wi-SUN US Profile physical layer certification of the radio technology used in Gridstream® solutions and deployed globally in over 7 million smart grid IoT devices.Industry alliance certifications ensure future interoperability of RF-enabled hardware deployed in smart grid networks. This standards-based certification demonstrates that utilities will be able to realize a future smart grid vision that securely connects devices critical to efficiently and reliably serve the needs of energy consumers. With a wide variety of Wi-SUN compliant devices already operating today on Landis+Gyr networks, utilities are better positioned to bring new devices onto the network for a variety of energy efficiency, grid management and smart city applications.

Source: LandisGyr Announces Wi-SUN Certification For Smart Grid Network Radio Technology

27. August 2016 · Comments Off on Smart meters increasing consumer energy awareness, new report finds  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The roll-out of smart energy meters is making consumers more likely to be aware of their energy consumption and take steps to reduce it, a new report has found.Smart Energy GB’s ‘Smart Energy Outlook’ report, published today, found that the vast majority (84%) of consumers who had received a smart meter from their utility considered themselves to have a better idea of their energy costs, while 69% thought they were in more control of their energy use.

Source: Smart meters increasing consumer energy awareness, new report finds | Solar Power Portal

26. August 2016 · Comments Off on Home Automation: A Growth Area For The Security Industry? · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

It’s become a hot topic lately, but what are the real prospects for the smart home and home automation market? More specifically, what role can the security industry play in what is seen as a growth area?Earlier this year, IFSEC International in London saw the launch of a new home automation zone featuring a replica smart home, showcasing a range of interconnected devices such as intruder alarms, CCTV, biometric readers, door entry solutions and locks, as well as wireless control of blinds, lighting and heating, and 4K video and audio distribution.

Source: Home automation market limits and opportunities | Security News – SourceSecurity.com US Edition

26. August 2016 · Comments Off on Optimizing energy production: Addressing rotor wakes at wind farms · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Wind energy would be much more plentiful if wind turbines could be placed in one long row always facing a steady wind direction. In reality, multiple constraints (e.g. land, environmental, financial, engineering) usually dictate placing turbines in several rows and closer together. Unfortunately, this results in lowered energy production from downstream turbine rows.This lowered energy production can be explained by the wake effect. A wake refers to the reduced wind downstream of a turbine after extraction of energy by an upstream turbine from the incoming wind flow. This is further characterized by increased turbulence and gradual mixing as the stream tube expands downstream of a turbine. This iconic photo captured in Denmark at an offshore wind farm illustrates this effect at work.

Source: Optimizing energy production: Addressing rotor wakes at wind farms