The desire for more efficient energy usage and evolving consumer behaviour has seen demand for Centrica’s smart thermostats more than double in 12 months, according to Nina Bhatia, Managing Director of the FTSE 100 energy company’s Connected Home unit.At the heart of the British Gas owner’s suite of products and solutions targeting digital home management, a nascent industry premised on the Internet of Things (IoT), is Hive – a suite of wireless products that let you control your home from your mobile, tablet or laptop practically anytime, anywhere, from lighting to hot water, central heating to variable temperature management of individual rooms.
With about 1,000 of its top integrators on hand, Honeywell was not hesitant to address sticky subjects at its annual Connect conference in Scottsdale, Ariz.Among the topics addressed during the three-day event held at the lavish Westin Kierland Resort and Spa were the DIY market, the Connected Home, marketing to Millennials. But the company also did something rare these days among manufacturers in admitting some past missteps, particularly related to product availability and tech support.
The IoT hangs on speed to such a degree that “real time” has become such a buzzword that it’s almost becoming meaningless. One arena where immediacy is both realistic and currently being exercised is WebRTC, and IoT can tap into that.At last week’s IoT Evolution Expo at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, a panel of speaker in the Connected Home track covered the implications and relationships inherent in the developing IoT industry, including how real time communications can be complimentary to intelligent machines in the IoT.
Proving themselves to be the ultimate utilitarian consumer devices, smartphones are providing individuals untethered access to an increasingly wide range of personal devices. These range from computers and TVs to lights, heating and air conditioning and household appliances.
The installed base of “things” connected to the Internet will expand to number some 30 billion by 2020, according to a November 2014 IDC forecast. Among the ever-growing number of “connected” devices, smartphones are emerging as the preeminent choice for accessing the rapidly expanding “Internet of Things.”
As I reflect on 2014, it has been a truly incredible year for the Connected Home market.
We got started with the epic $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest by Google, and there were several other mergers, acquisitions and well-funded startups.
Kickstarter and Indiegogo have been flooded with ideas and concepts for how we will – or should – live in a connected home.
Archos is hoping that embracing more open standards will propel its home automation platform into contention, adding IFTTT support among other things to its Connected Home system. Officially launched back at CES 2014, and promising a mixture of wireless security and convenience gadgets that hook up to an Android-based tablet, the system is now gaining IFTTT (If This Then That) support, the “platform glue” which can link devices and services from different manufacturers together, triggering cascades of actions in the process.
Parks Associates today announced smart home research showing 38% ofU.S. broadband households are willing to purchase at least one smart home energy management (HEM) product. Over 25% are willing to purchase two or more, including lighting controls, appliance switches, and thermostats that can be controlled remotely, but only 1% are interested exclusively in HEM products. Safety offerings such as detectors and call buttons are the most popular smart home products.
GainSpan Corporation, a leader in ultra-low power Wi-Fi connectivity for the Internet of Things, announced it is sampling its new family of GS2000 chips and modules. The GS2000 is the industry’s first single chip solution bringing together two IEEE low power standard wireless technologies: Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) and ZigBee IP (802.15.4). The new Wi-Fi/ZigBee IP chip will accelerate development and market adoption of a whole new class of battery and line-powered connected devices for the Connected Home, Smart Energy, metering, healthcare and high-speed audio, video and security applications.
The connected residential market is a fast evolving segment influenced by a number of emerging industry trends. Recent developments in the implementation of end-to-end smart grid at the utility level, as well as changes witnessed in the area of managed home devices and systems, are expected to further impact the dynamics of this market segment. The connected home suppliers catering to this rapidly progressing space are facing the challenges of keeping abreast with technology development. In accordance, companies must also meet new grid infrastructure requirements while developing solutions that are compatible with changing standards and communication topologies.