Envisioning and Achieving the Internet of Things Potential By 2020, the amount of Internet-connected things will reach 50 billion, with $19 trillion in new profits and cost savings coming from IoT over the next decade, according to Cisco Systems.* These IoT devices will generate a staggering amount of data and stimulate tremendous business opportunities for companies across a range of market verticals. Now is the time for organizations to position themselves for success. The 2nd Annual IoT Global Innovation Forum, June 14-16, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain, will bring together leading technology innovators, business strategists and senior executives from around the world for two days of focused networking and information sharing at the IoT cutting edge. Expert speakers will discuss the latest applications for traditional commercial processes as well as new business models and opportunities within the emerging Internet of Things ecosphere. An Executive-Focused, Cross-Stakeholder Event Through a series of in-depth presentations and interactive panel discussions, top industry executives will help attendees envision and implement the full potential of IoT in both consumer and industrial sectors, with an emphasis on the most intriguing case studies and technology innovations. If you are guiding a business in today’s technology climate, don’t miss this high-value opportunity to network with your senior peers and leverage the coming Internet of Things tidal wave.
Source: IoT Global Innovation Forum 2016
The Internet of Things started off as a way to turn on a few lights and control the climate in your home. Then as manufacturers ran out of bulbs and thermostats to shove chips into they looked to connect the rest of the devices in the home, sometimes for better, but a lot of times for worse. The result is a dizzying array of smart devices that are answers to problems no one actually has.
Source: 2015: The year the Internet of Things jumped the shark
Savant, a leader in premium smart home technology, today announced the all-new Smart Host, an update to their best-selling product that enables control over a home’s lighting, climate, entertainment, and security from a single app.
The new Smart Host combines the functionality of a host and controller in a single unit, and can help automate a wide range of devices in up to twelve rooms. With incredible performance and a beautifully compact form factor, installation is simple-and its US MSRP of just $999 is the most affordable entry point yet to a Savant system.
via Savant Introduces All-New Smart Host | HomeToys.
The New Year is a time for reflection, beginning with a look back on the previous 12 months and all that they brought. A quick scan of the U.S. climate and energy news in 2014 will tell you it was a very big year.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants, the U.S. and China struck a historic climate deal, and Tesla broke ground in Nevada on the largest advanced automotive-battery factory in the world – a move that’s expected to slash the cost of lithium ion batteries by a third. At the same time that these important national and international advancements were grabbing headlines, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and our partners were working together to incrementally transform the U.S. electricity system by rewriting outdated regulations, spurring energy services markets, and modernizing our century-old electric grid.
via 2014: A Positive Sign of What’s to come for Clean Energy.
Americans “overwhelmingly” prefer solar and wind energy to coal, oil, and nuclear energy, according to a Harvard political scientist who has conducted a comprehensive survey of attitudes toward energy and climate for the last 12 years.
Americans see natural gas as a bridge fuel that falls somewhere in between, offering some benefits over traditional fuels but more “harms” than solar and wind, said Harvard Government Professor Stephen Ansolabehere during a December appearance at the University of Chicago.
via Americans Want America To Run On Solar and Wind.
2014 was another big year for energy news and commentary at TheEnergyCollective.com. From the impacts of tumbling oil prices and the largest climate march in history to debates over Germany’s energy policies and a practical guides to buying a new light bulb, TheEnergyCollective.com was full of insightful analysis, informative articles, and rich debate.
Here’s a round-up of our top 14 articles from 2014…
via 2014 Energy News Year in Review | The Energy Collective.
Three years ago most people barely even thought about their air conditioning, until it didn’t work. Then along came NEST, the smart thermostat that opened up a whole new world of home control, and most importantly, money savings. Suddenly, the state of your indoor climate was dinner-table conversation. Get ready to start talking about your water heater.
via Home automation’s next big opportunity: Controlling the water heater | Network World.
Global warming is upon us. Though many people still feel that anthropogenic influences are negligible, the scientific consensus is that the climate is changing and that human activities are playing a substantial role. According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the past four decades have all been hotter than the twentieth century average, and nine of the ten hottest years on record have all occurred since 2001.
During the summer months, those who can afford it gladly turn on their air conditioners. These and other devices we also use during peak demand periods – especially during heat waves – can severely stress the grid.
via Smart Grid: How to keep customers cool when it’s hot outside (and an idea you may have forgotten).
It was a moment that historians will flag as a turning point in the global effort to tackle climate disruption. On Monday, President Barack Obama introduced regulations that effectively marked the beginning of the end of coal power in the United States.
While U.S. clean-energy champions and climate activists are still popping corks over the new Clean Power Plan, the news is equally exciting for Canada. The president’s new plan means the U.S. will need more clean power. And we have it — in the form of reliable and near-zero-carbon hydroelectricity, available on demand, and other renewable energy resources in the quantities needed to power cities and whole economies.
via Forget Keystone.
Romania’s Justin Capra Foundation for Invention and Sustainable Technologies (FITS) has developed a prototype for the Soleta zeroEnergy One modular home.
The tiny dwelling is powered by clean energy and utilizes the KNX smart energy, climate and ventilation monitoring and managing system that can be controlled remotely by a smartphone.
via A tiny zero-energy home that can be remote controlled by a smartphone | Architecture And Design.