There are two forces at work in today’s IT infrastructure, coming from two different directions. On one end, there is the drive toward enhanced user experience (UX), fueled by the need to achieve greater cohesion between applications and the people who use them, or even a greater sense of satisfaction and joy among users.On the other side of the world, there is the emerging Internet of Things (IoT), in which devices, sensors, applications and anything else you can think of are accepting or generating data to provide situational awareness.
The dust has just about settled on Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 and, from the millions of lines of reporting and press releases as well as hundreds of hours of video footage of the event, what were the key takeaways? What will shape the telecom industry — and indeed the world — over the next five years? One thing’s for sure: The Internet of Things (IoT) will be front and center. In the last 12 months, it has already disrupted the 4G roadmap and become a prime driver of the 5G specification process. At MWC, IoT was present in every hall and touched everything from components, devices and applications to RAN, core and BSS/OSS. It is a driver of innovation in wearables, smart cities and drone applications.
Source: IoT’s Year Zero | Light Reading
If you are interested in adding a home automation system to apartment or household you might be interested in a new platform which has been created by eztechs based in San Diego California.The ezcontrol home automation system has been designed to provide a single small unobtrusive controller which is capable of managing a number of different applications and can be fully controlled using the smartphone companion application.
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI) today announced the industry’s most comprehensive smart home solutions, each integrating a vast array of technologies critical for the creation of end-products that make smart homes more secure, connected and convenient. The solutions include production-ready modules and reference designs for smart lighting, smoke detection, motion sensing and a variety of other popular smart home applications.For smart home product manufacturers, these highly integrated solutions dramatically streamline product creation, enabling up to 50 percent faster time to market. And for consumers, these solutions pave the way for secure, easy-to-use consumer products that are simple to setup, control and enjoy.“Today, service providers make it easily accessible for consumers to create their own smart home, but the complexity often comes with the initial setup of devices which are as diverse as the standards in which they operate,” said Olivier Harquin, general manager of smart home solutions at NXP. “NXP provides a complete solution that embeds all of the key elements to enable secure seamless, convenient consumer experiences that people demand.”
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) have executed an agreement to monitor global Internet of Things (IoT) activities and collaborate on developing standards.The memorandum of understanding recognizes the importance of standards and the effective management of the associated applications through which value is clearly identified and captured for this fast-growing industry.
If you are just entering the realm of IoT device design, you might come to realize that you have stepped into familiar territory. When you step back and take an objective look at it, the majority of IoT device design is based on the reuse of existing technology. Ethernet, WiFi, and Bluetooth have been around for a long time, and IoT devices depend heavily on those technologies and their refinements. This dependency is reflected in a new offering from ON Semiconductor aimed at home automation and home security applications.
“Internet of Things” technology has a wide range of applications from precision agriculture to a smart city and even a smart building. Like so much with IoT, what a smart building currently lacks is a concrete, widely accepted definition. The definition most agreed upon by the industry is a building with some degree of automation. That can mean something as simple as self-flushing toilets or as complex as real-time fully integrated sensor systems monitoring the power consumption for each light bulb in the
Those considering energy storage can now compare the cost effectiveness of each technology on an apples-to-apples basis. An in-depth study from investment bank Lazard in conjunction with Enovation Partners, Levelized Cost of Storage Analysis, compares the costs of energy storage technologies for particular applications to conventional alternatives.Modeled on Lazard’s levelized cost of energy (LCOE), the LCOS study analyzes the costs associated with a variety of the leading energy storage technologies and their applications.
I’ve gathered together five of my favorite TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talks highlighting various aspects of the Internet of Things. The speakers below cover a wide range of topics including how to design clothing and architecture for IoT, exploring IoT’s potential applications while addressing security threats, and providing insight into the exponential advancement of technology and what we can expect from the future of the internet.
US smart grid technology and networking company Silver Spring Networks has unveiled its new IoT Edge Router, created to make the deployment of devices and IoT networks by utilities and cities simpler and more secure.A Silver Spring release states that the router allows utility companies and cities to securely and cost-effectively integrate a wide array of devices and applications into their existing Silver Spring IoT networks.The IoT router provides ‘plug and play’ capabilities for new and legacy smart city devices to be used in applications such as smart street light and smart grid systems.