It’s official – the 1999 Disney Channel Original film Smart House has moved out of fantasyland and into reality. While admittedly we don’t yet have breathalyzers that analyze your diet or carpets that absorb smoothie spills, we aren’t as far off as you might think!These incredible home apps upgrade daily living, allowing users to monitor and adjust their homes to startling specificity.
We’re currently witnessing rapidly expanding product launches and sky-high elevated expectations from the emerging deployment of the Internet of Things in both personal and commercial domains. Stakeholders — ranging from hardware manufacturers and service providers to cloud platforms — are vigorously weighing in to position their offerings in anticipation of windfall rewards from accelerated IoT adoption.While vendors are in a mad rush, jockeying for a land-grab position, one thing is becoming increasingly clear — connected devices, apps and services, which collectively comprise the building blocks of IoT solutions, are in need of a dependable communication fabric for robust deployment.
Amazon is readying its own ARM-compatible processors to power home routers, Wi-Fi hotspots, and network-attached storage boxes.The Alpine system-on-chips were designed by Annapurna Labs, a fabless biz founded in 2011. It is based in San Jose, California, and Israel, and was bought by Amazon in early 2015 for about $350m.The Alpine processor cores use licensed ARM blueprints: they run 32-bit ARMv7 or 64-bit ARMv8 code, so they can take advantage of the toolchains, apps, and things like OpenWRT and open-source hypervisors, in the ARM ecosystem.
Much of the innovation in the Internet of Things (IoT) is being fueled by young, dynamic companies, and the “maker generation.” In fact, Gartner predicts that by 2017, 50 percent of IoT solutions will originate in startups less than three years old.Recent startups, highly focused on one or two products or services, are competing with traditional giants to bring IoT products to business and consumers. They use cloud services by default to provide data analysis, interactivity and customer services, and interact with users through smartphone apps to minimize costs and maximize flexibility.
Facebook is looking to make a big move into the Internet of Things (IoT), with the announcement that it plans to power smart devices through their software. The company made the announcement at the F8 developer conference. Facebook plans to use Parse, a company it acquired in 2013 to help developers build apps related to IoT. Because Facebook does not have their own app store, Parse allows them to monetize any apps sold through the service.”Developers can now easily use Parse to build a whole new category of apps for connected devices, from garage door openers to smoke detectors to wearable wristbands,” Facebook said in a blog post.
Devices in the home are increasingly connected to a cloud service, providing access from anywhere and creating new opportunities to deliver innovative value propositions to the consumer. This report examines how apps and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) create new business opportunities for OEMs of connected home controls, service providers, and app developers. It also provides details of the business models and case studies on the use of APIs in the smart home sector.
Cisco recently projected that the Internet of Things (IoT) is a $14 trillion revenue opportunity, while “Gartner estimates that, by 2020, there will be 25 billion connected things.” Clearly, smart, connected products – and the technologies that make them tick – are drivers of huge growth opportunities.However, the full potential of connected devices is only achieved when they are tied to individual identities. In fact, Gartner recently issued a press release entitled: “Gartner Says Managing Identities and Access Will Be Critical to the Success of the Internet of Things.” Properly managing these millions, even billions of identities, unlocks the true capabilities of the IoT by powering dynamic relationships between all of the entities in the ecosystem, whether they are people, things, apps or services.
The connected home might play a bigger role in the future of energy than you think, but it hasn’t taken off as quickly as many people had hoped. That’s because energy efficiency items like Alphabet’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) Nest thermostat, smart locks, or LED light bulbs are nice items by themselves; but if you have enough of them, you could be overwhelmed with apps to control your house. To complicate matters, there are exciting and complex energy changes coming down the pipeline, like rooftop solar energy, energy storage, electric vehicle charging, and smart appliances that could help save you money and make your life easier. But even the most enthusiastic energy saver doesn’t want a dozen touch points or apps to make sure devices operate as efficiently as they should.
DreamFactory joins forces with Intel to help developers build Internet of things apps faster and easier.DreamFactory Software announced that its open-source REST API backend can now be paired with the Intel IoT Gateway to help developers build Internet of things (IoT) applications.With DreamFactory’s backend, developers do not have to build their own APIs to store, process and access IoT data collected by a variety of device types, platforms and interface methods.
Cisco recently projected that the Internet of Things (IoT) is a $14 trillion revenue opportunity, while Gartner estimates that, by 2020, there will be 25 billion connected things. Clearly, smart, connected products—and the technologies that make them tick—are drivers of huge new growth opportunities.However, the full potential of connected devices is only achieved when they are tied to individual identities. In fact, Gartner recently issued a press release entitled: “Gartner Says Managing Identities and Access Will Be Critical to the Success of the Internet of Things.” Managing these millions, even billions, of identities unlocks the true capabilities of the IoT by powering dynamic relationships between all of the entities in the IoT ecosystem, whether they are people, things, apps or services.