In a previous article, I discussed ways in which the smart grid and smart home technology could impact a customer’s electric service and utility bill. At the end of that article I promised to “do the math” and provide a few examples, so here it is. I examine several possible scenarios, including different rate plans, load shifting via smart appliances, and the addition of solar panels and on-site energy storage. Yeah, my spreadsheet has been busy this week!
Has the Internet of Things (IoT) driven you to distraction yet? Fortunately or unfortunately, IoT is not going away. The challenge for most developers and companies is determining where they fit within the IoT spectrum and how they will address it.
Environmental non-profit WattTime has launched a new smart thermostat solution that will allow consumers to selectively use clean energy. WattTime, “the nonprofit creating technology that makes using clean energy as simple as tapping your smartphone,” revealed today that it is starting a closed beta program in partnership with Energate, creator of the the H?lH?m smart thermostat. Specifically, a $600,000 grant from The Great Lakes Protection Fund will allow WattTime to integrate its software directly into
Smart-home ownership could double to 30 million households in the next year, if a survey commissioned by August Home and Comcast Xfinity Home is any indication.The survey of almost 1,300 consumers found that 12 percent of homes without a smart-home product are likely or very likely to buy one in the next 12 months. That would expand household penetration to 30 million homes, or 24 percent of the 124.6 million households in the U.S. at the end of 2015, the companies said.
I published my first book, The End of Software, in 2004. At the time, I was president of Oracle On Demand, which served as a starting point for Oracle’s billion-dollar cloud business. In the book I discussed the fundamental economic reasons software should be delivered as a service.As an example of new startups in the field, I discussed four companies, VMware, Salesforce, NetSuite and OpenHarbor. None of them were public companies when the book was published. Salesforce was still under $86 million in revenue. While I didn’t get all four correct, three of the four have gone on to be major companies driving the second generation of enterprise software.
Marketers are always falling in love with mobile’s latest “shiny new object” and new technology acronyms — 5G, BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy), NFC (near-field communication), RWD (responsive web design), etc. — and they’re constantly looking for the next platform, whether it’s virtual reality (VR), bots, artificial intelligence (AI), or the internet of things (IoT).
Smart home technology is a consumer category that is rapidly growing as more products are produced and more homeowners build their systems. There are so many options now that having a smart home can get really, really complicated. The truth is, you don’t have to be an advanced nerd or tech geek like me to have a simple, working home automation system. There are a few directions you can go, but either one of them, when do right, can keep things simple.
Verizon says that it will focus on “developing new markets,” as the telco giant was just able to keep revenues on the uptick.The US carrier said that it would be shifting a focus over towards the internet of things (IoT) and its content market in the coming months, as it looks to bolster sagging revenues in other parts of its business.
A recent conference focused on the world of Wi-Fi highlighted the immense opportunity created by the blossoming of the Internet of Things (IoT) space, as long as the wireless industry can keep pace with IoT’s rapid growth.RCR Wireless News reported that IoT was the hot topic at the Wi-Fi Now 2016 conference held recently near Washington, D.C. And it’s no wonder, considering the 8 billion Wi-Fi-enabled devices currently in use and the additional 3 billion expected to ship in 2016.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a hot topic right now, and not just because of internet-connected Nest thermostats. For the average person, though, IoT may not seem relevant. A “smart home” might sound like science fiction, but it’s something everyone needs to get up to speed on. Once you understand it a bit more, you can make a decision whether or not to embrace it.