When I go home after work, my wife and I are typically focused on the present moment, especially on our young son. As new parents, we benefit from many innovative products and services from improved car seats and creative toys to safer cribs and video baby monitors. One of the first products that we bought for our son’s nursery was a Wi-Fi-based baby monitor. When we brought it home and plugged it in, it connected effortlessly with our Wi-Fi router and smart phones. It helps provide safety and security, and, perhaps most importantly, sleep for the three of us.As consumers, we just assumed that these “Wi-Fi Certified” products would be “interoperable”—that the many different devices and components in the Wi-Fi universe would work together seamlessly. But as a NIST employee, I realize that this interoperability doesn’t happen by magic. Underlying the millions of products that today carry the “Wi-Fi Certified” label is a complex and robust ecosystem of manufacturers, standards organizations, testing laboratories, and certification authorities.
The venerable ICSA Laboratories – these days a subsidiary of Verizon – has added Internet of Things certification to its cyber security certification.Whether it’s got any chance of success is anybody’s guess. While the world is trying to catch up with the idea that a security camera might need to be configured with something other than admin/admin as its password, new products arriving in the Internet of Things space include connected toothbrushes and Bluetooth tampons.
Ontario’s London Hydro Inc. has become the first utility to complete the Green Button Alliance’s Download My Data (DMD) Testing and Certification process for electricity, natural gas and water usage data.The Green Button Download My Data (DMD) standard enables home owners and property managers to download their electricity usage data from an energy service provider’s website in an industry-standard XML data format. Customers can use this to view their historical and present energy usage, analyze trends and make informed energy-management choices, enabling them to easily access and efficiently manage their own resource consumption. Certification also increases the market potential for vendor products.
The ZigBee Alliance and the Thread Group are doing their part to diminish fragmentation in the Internet of Things (IoT), announcing they will offer an end-to-end solution for IP-based IoT networks later this year.The solution will become part of the ZigBee Alliance’s set of product development specifications, technologies’ branding and certification programs. It follows an agreement announced in April of last year where the two entities said they would collaborate. Over the ensuing months, they hammered out just how that would happen.
Cisco has announced a major refresh of its certification programs, all of which will henceforth include material on cloud, the internet of things, cloud, “network programmability” and “business transformation”.Cloud and IoT are self-explanatory while “network programmability” is software-defined networking by another name. While Cisco is making much of the three topics’ inclusion representing a major modernisation of its certifications, “core” topics beyond the three new elements will account for 90 per cent of the available score in exams.
AirFuel™ Alliance, the industry leader in wireless charging technologies born from the merger of Alliance for Wireless Power and Power Matters Alliance, today announced the official launch of the first global certification program that spans the full range of consumer electronics devices from wearables to smartphones, and now includes tablets, notebooks, laptops, and other electronic devices in daily use by consumers. This capability is exclusive to the AirFuel Alliance. More than 60 resonant technology components and devices have been certified to date. Manufacturers can now bring to market devices certified for 1-50 watts for the device and 1-70 watts for the charging station.
At European Utility Week in Vienna, Austria, the Powerline Intelligent Metering Evolution (PRIME) Alliance this week confirmed development of an automated certification tool for research laboratories including DNV GL, ITE and Technalia.In a press statement, PRIME Alliance said using an existing set of test cases for certification and compliance testing for service and base nodes.
The AllSeen Alliance, a cross-industry collaboration to advance the Internet of Everything through the AllJoyn® open source software project, today announced the AllJoyn Certified program, which ensures certified devices can discover, communicate, connect and interact with more than 120 million AllJoyn-enabled products in the market.Windows 10 Professional and Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft are among the first products to successfully complete certification testing and have met all requirements necessary to become AllJoyn Certified.
The European smart thermostat market is set to boom, driven by the 2020 targets on climate change and mandatory energy efficiency certification for buildings, according to a new analysis from Frost & Sullivan. The enforcement of minimum standards for high energy consuming products such as boilers as well as HVAC systems is also fueling opportunities for smart thermostats. The United Kingdom, Germany, and the Netherlands will account for a lion’s share of the market in Europe, while France will be the fastest growing.Frost & Sullivan finds that the European smart thermostat market earned revenues of $152.5 million in 2014 and forecasts that this will jump to $2.57 billion by 2019.
The European smart thermostats market is set to increase to $2.5 billion (£1.6bn) in less than five years.That’s according to a new report which states the boom will be driven by 2020 climate change targets and mandatory energy efficiency certification for buildings.It adds the enforcement of minimum standards for high energy consuming products, such as boilers, heating and air conditioning systems will also affect the rise.