The Z-Wave Alliance, an open consortium of leading global companies deploying Z-Wave, today announces the opening of applications for the 2016 Z-Wave Labs competition. Launched in 2015, the Z-Wave IoT accelerator-style program gives winners with an innovative idea in IoT product or service design access to the large Z-Wave Alliance ecosystem, partners and resources as well as the Z-Wave IoT ready 500 series development kits.
AutoGrid Systems has raised more than $20m financing from a group of global investors to help further develop and market its Internet of Things (IoT) smart energy software applications, the company announced this week.The funding was secured from a consortium led by Energy Impact Partners, which represents four major utilities in the US and the UK – Southern Company, National Grid, Xcel Energy and Oncor. In addition, the consortium includes renewable energy technology developer Envision Energy.
Touting low power, long range, security, and Internet compatibility, combined with a strong global customer base in high-reliability power utility networks, the Wi-SUN Alliance is jumping into the hotly contested wireless Internet of Things (IoT) fray. Already in the fray are Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Smart, ZigBee, and LoRa, as well as the Thread Group, a consortium backing a home-automation networking protocol that can run atop Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and ZigBee radios.The Wi-SUN Alliance was formed in April of 2012 to accelerate the development of interoperable products and specifications around the IEEE 802.15.4g-based wireless networking standard that had been approved only weeks earlier, in March of 2012. The standard was formed as an outdoor long-range communications technology using low-power, mesh networks and to date has found a home in power utilities in the U.S. and Japan. Europe has recently opened up spectrum suitable for Wi-SUN in the 870- to 876-MHz range.
The Z-Wave Alliance, a global consortium of over 325 member companies supporting the Z-Wave wireless IoT standard, is excited to announce that home improvement company Lowe’s has joined its membership with the Iris by Lowe’s smart home solution. A retail destination for a variety Z-Wave smart home devices, Lowe’s joins a diverse and growing membership of companies committed to the Z-Wave brand.
The Z-Wave Alliance, an open consortium of leading global companies deploying Z-Wave, is announcing the summer winner of its IoT developer competition. Embue, a Boston-based start-up focused on empowering multifamily property managers to tackle energy and operational waste is the next winner of the Alliance’s Z-Wave Labs program. The team at Embue will receive Z-Wave Alliance membership and access to the new Z-Wave IoT ready 500 series development kits. Z-Wave Labs is a brand new competition to support and incentivize IoT innovation on the Z-Wave(R) platform.
Trying to make the call on which consortium’s IoT methods will be adopted by the masses is like choosing sides in a pickup basketball game. Will that big guy you picked be able to carry your team to a win? Or will the combined efforts of the smaller opposing team members make the difference between winning and losing?
In today’s IoT environment, enabling a device to participate in the Internet is just a small part of the design equation. Groups wishing to fundamentally control the touch and feel of the IoT want to give every “thing” the ability to discover and communicate with every other “thing.” And when it comes to the home, where device-to-device discovery and communications have become a priority, web space does not necessarily include the Internet.
The Z-Wave Alliance, an open consortium of leading global companies deploying Z-Wave, is excited to announce the first winner of Z-Wave Labs. Boston start-up BeON Home, a preventative security and safety company, is the program’s first winner and will receive Z-Wave Alliance membership and access to the new Z-Wave IoT ready 500 series development kits. Z-Wave Labs is a brand new competition to support and incentivize IoT innovation on the Z-Wave® platform.
INternet Cleantech ENablers Spark (INCENSe), a business incubator created by a consortium coordinated by the Enel Group and co-funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme was unveiled recently at the European Conference on the Future Internet in Munich and is the only clean technology accelerator supported by Brussels’ FIWARE Accelerator Programme.
Brisbane City Council has signed an agreement for the design and planning phase for the flagship energy efficiency infrastructure project to the consortium of Cofely Australia and Thiess Services.
It will see a centralised water chilling system replace air conditioning chillers and cooling towers in individual CBD buildings with a centralised plant room that supplies chilled water via a system of underground pipes.
Electric cars are just one part to cleaner transportation equation, as where the electricity comes from, and how efficiently it is used, is just as important as the EV itself. GM is joining a consortium of eight automakers and 15 electricity utilities to help integrate its OnStar-enabled Smart Grid program.
The first goal of this national effort to streamline EV charging is to develop a standardized Demand Response solution. Demand Response is the signal the utility sends to the energy management company which tells it just how much electricity is needed. While having a single EV plugged in to charge isn’t going to change the dynamics of electrical flow, once you have whole neighborhoods plugging in their cars every night after work, managing electricity becomes that much more important.