Parks Associates announced new research today showing 7% of U.S. broadband households own some kind of home energy management product but 70% are interested in emerging energy-related products or services. The research firm will host the sixth-annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer on February 16-18, 2015, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas, to explore research and business strategies to capture this untapped consumer demand.
The U.S. electricity grid is a mind-boggling mess. For one thing, it is two large and three small grids, rolled into one. Two types of organizations, independent system operators and regional transmission bodies, control their slices, which may cover several states. Each state has its own utility laws. Then there are eight regional reliability councils that work with the North American Electric Reliability Corp., which is overseen by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The two break down the grid into different, overlapping regions.
British Gas CIO David Cooper says it isn’t the cost savings that won him over with Hadoop. It wasn’t even the scalability. What made Hadoop a winning choice for the UK utility firm is Hadoop’s ability to answer “what if” questions.
CIO UK recently interviewed Cooper, who ranks among the site’s top 15 in the CIO 100 this year. While the article focuses on Cooper, it also explains how Cooper fine-tuned the company’s data infrastructure to support its Internet of Things (IoT) product, Hive.
The electricity zipping around neighborhoods that have lots of rooftop solar PV is very different from conventional electricity. Not only does it sag and surge in response to the pattern of clouds crossing overhead, but it is also provided by lots of inverters, which creates electrical conditions very different from the alternating current supplied by big spinning generators.
A new agreement joins technology development with the country’s fully-automated smart electric grid. Energy experts met at EPB Headquarters in Chattanooga to discuss energy developments for the near future.
The new partnership goes into effect today. It joins E-P-B with the U-S Department of Energy and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
EPB Board Chairman Joe Ferguson said, “One of the things we’re seeing is that doors are opening for future and moving forward even further than we ever dreamed and this is one of the things you’re going to be hearing about today.”
I’m kind of tired of testing the varied smart home hubs out there. The mix of radios and software smarts that tie lights, locks and varied sensors together gets a bit old after a while, so I wasn’t too keen to set up the Mother system by Sen.se in my home. But I’m glad I did. This product is entirely different and could actually appeal to a much more casual user who wants to make their homes smarter, as opposed to automating an entire house.
This week is another big one for Apple. The company is holding an event on Thursday, and we’ll likely see the launch of its next-generation iPads and iMacs. It’s unknown if we can expect to see other hardware launches, too, like a new Apple TV box — or the official arrival of HomeKit alongside it.
There’s a good chance Apple will tell us more about its HomeKit platform that will eventually allow users to users to control locks, lights, cameras, doors, thermostats, plugs and switches at the home. Developers and manufacturers confirm to Mashable they’re hard at work building for Apple HomeKit, noting it’s coming “soon,” and industry experts believe it’s coming “by the end of the year.”
When British Gas’ Hive entered the connected home space a year ago, smart thermostats were still an emergent technology. The energy provider joined a small number of manufacturers, promising to change the way you heated your home with a mix of complex automation algorithms and slick mobile apps. Fast forward to today: While Brits have embraced smart thermostats from Nest, Tado, Climote, Netatmo and Honeywell, it’s Hive that has enjoyed more of a significant uptake than most. Today, the subsidiary is claiming that its controller is now the most popular smart heating solution in the UK, having been installed in over 100,000 homes.
Revolv, the home-automation hub supplier, has added compatibility with the Nest Protect CO/smoke detector and launched a new UI for the Nest Learning thermostat.
The company also added control of Poly Control’s retrofit door lock with Bluetooth and Z-Wave to its user interface on iOS and Android apps.
The world of computing turned the world of expectations on its head. Suddenly, we all became conversant in Moore’s Law of the doubling of processor power every two years. But, that is where Moore’s Law ends. Somehow, we never had any expectation of a similar law for the batteries that increasingly drive mobile computing power or would allow for substations of reserve power on power grids.
The improvements that have come in the lives of batteries have incremental and have had more to do with achievements in efficiency. Our batteries’ performance has slightly improved while the devices that use them have learned to sip on battery juice and not uncontrollably gulp it like the power will never end.
SAGE, a do-it-yourself home automation platform from EchoStar Corp., will launch sometime next year, a company official confirmed Friday.
EchoStar isn’t ready to reveal pricing and specific rollout details, but it’s expected that corporate cousin Dish Network will play a significant role in the distribution and marketing of the new product.
The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) has produced a series of videos with which utilities can help educate residential customers about the smart grid in a fun and engaging way.
“We created these videos to add another dimension to the facts presented to consumers surrounding smart grid and deepen their learning opportunities,” said Patty Durand, SGCC’s executive director.
The short, mixed-media messages are compiled with information from SGCC’s quantitative consumer research and fact sheets, and feature a range of “hot topics.”
After giving its software and analytics engine a powerful tuneup earlier this year as part of a fifth-generation release, Opower is unveiling yet another set of offerings for utility customers today.
The release, dubbed Opower 5.5, includes three new analytics capabilities designed to make it even easier to target specific customer segments for efficiency, while also setting Opower up to compete with disaggregation startups that are gunning for a share of the residential and small commercial efficiency market.
For the past year or so, Itron has been promising to turn its core product, smart meters, into something more like hardened, edge-of-the-grid computing platforms. Sure, Itron’s smart meters will still meter electricity — but that could be just one of the applications they’re capable of handling.
Over the past few years, Itron has been working closely with Cisco on this vision, merging the networking giant’s wireless communications technologies and grid routers into its own smart meters and software. Both companies have also embraced Linux as the operating system for their grid-edge devices — a major improvement over legacy device software operating systems in terms of flexibility and openness to a world of programmers and app developers.
Smarthome® announced today that it has expanded its offering of connected home products with the introduction of the new Wink hub. Compatible with Z-Wave, Zigbee, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Lutron ClearConnect, the Wink hub allows connected home enthusiasts to control devices from all their favorite brands by allowing them to speak the same language.
The Wink hub enables users to monitor activity in the home, make buttons to quickly control anything, and set up rules to automate your life. The data is encrypted for security and the network requires no monthly fees or contracts.
Qualcomm has announced that it’s to acquire Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR) for approximately £1.6 billion (around $2.5 billion).
But what does this mean for us, the humble consumer? Well Qualcomm is heavily involved in the Internet of Things – connected devices and appliances to you and me – and its latest acquisition comes with some rather useful tech.
Steve Mollenkopf, chief executive officer of Qualcomm, said “The addition of CSR’s technology leadership in Bluetooth, Bluetooth Smart and audio processing will strengthen Qualcomm’s position in providing critical solutions that drive the rapid growth of the Internet of Everything, including business areas such as portable audio, automotive and wearable devices.”
Xiaomi is a Chinese company most known for it affordable and yet well-built smartphones. In Asia, people are calling this company China’s Apple, which is a good fit I guess. Xiaomi’s hardware and software are often inspired by Apple’s products, or so it seems. Xiaomi Mi4 and Redmi 1S are probably company’s most known products. The former is Xiaomi’s 2014 flagship while the latter is an extremely affordable device which carries rather good specifications and design, this device is extremely popular in India where Xiaomi is selling it as part of “Flash Sales” via Indian retailer Flipkart.
The team behind Apple’s exclusivity in all things has done an amazing job of making it feel like whatever they OK is golden. Take August Smart Lock for example – a keyless entry system for your home that opens your door with your smartphone. Without Apple being involved, this is just another “startup.” Now that they’ve got approval to enter the Apple Store physically, they’ll be trusted implicitly. Once you’re in the store, people trust that Apple will back up any claim you make. It’s time for some Apple-backed home automation.
Savant®, a smart home technology company, has announced the Savant App, which enable homeowners to control their HVAC, lighting, security, and entertainment systems from a single, easy-to-use app. Calling the technology the Single App Home©, the company said it offers a high level of personalization, so every user can tailor it to match the way they live and control it from their iOS or Android device.
“With the new Savant App, we’ve put powerful home control into the hands of consumers like never before,” said William Lynch, CEO, Savant Systems. “We call it the Single App Home, and whether it’s setting the perfect environment or being more efficient with climate, sprinklers, or other systems, owning a Savant Home gives people one, easy-to-use app that allows them to get more enjoyment and peace of mind from their home.”
Best Buy is rolling out home-automation departments to more than 400 stores this fall.
The “Connected Home” sections are expected to be in place by Thanksgiving and will feature more than 100 products from established vendors and startups.
The assortment will include security cameras and monitoring service from Dropcam; smart thermostats from Nest and Honeywell; smart lighting from Philips/Hue; smart locks from Kwikset; garage door accessories from Chamberlain; and wireless on-off switches from Belkin WeMo.