Google and Amazon’s entrance into the Internet of Things (IoT) industry will help sell the concept of a ‘smart home’, according to major tech players.The launch of smart home assistants like Google Home and Amazon Echo proves that the technology is rapidly approaching maturity, but the public has been noticeably slow to jump on board the connected bandwagon.However, Bosch, a company that has been very active in IoT, believes that these kind of products with wide consumer appeal will also benefit other manufacturers of smart home technology.
Smart home technology is a consumer category that is rapidly growing as more products are produced and more homeowners build their systems. There are so many options now that having a smart home can get really, really complicated. The truth is, you don’t have to be an advanced nerd or tech geek like me to have a simple, working home automation system. There are a few directions you can go, but either one of them, when do right, can keep things simple.
Security is set to become the hot button issue in the smart home this year, as more connected devices come online and more hackers attempt to infiltrate corporate and consumer networks through connected gadgets. The FBI even issued a warning about connected home products.The concerns about security and the smart home are well-founded. Several devices from connected cameras to smart home hubs have been hacked. Even light bulbs aren’t immune.
Amazon Echo has become of the most popular technologies in the consumer market and is starting to transform the enterprise as well. Its rich platform capabilities and ecosystem, makes Amazon Echo one of the most disruptive technologies in the next wave of enterprise IoT solutions.
For some time now, we’ve been hearing a lot of noise about the internet of things (IoT) in the consumer space – smart thermostats and such.But another area it’s making a difference is in the heavy industries, allowing businesses to optimise the work of the big machinery and infrastructure they count upon.This is the industrial internet of things, or the IIoT, where big machinery is connected and talking to one another, and back to centralised systems.And analyst house Gartner believes IoT will move toward mainstream adoption in 2016 for many more industries.
Internet of Things startup Wi-Next will add IBM analytics to its systems for industrial quality control and predictive maintenance.The added capabilities, including some powered by artificial intelligence, are designed to help food-processing companies and consumer product makers keep production lines running smoothly despite what’s sometimes a breakneck pace.
While neither company is in the habit of announcing products or platforms outside of their own events, both Google and Apple have looked poised to make significant smart home announcements for the past six months. With CES, a prime candidate for such an announcement, now out of the way, we have to ask when the Google and Apple smart homes will arrive.A likely reason for the slow progress suggested by a recent Accenture report, which found that consumer enthusiasm for tech had significantly waned in the past year, and that the small growth of IoT devices is nowhere near enough to compensate for the falls in smartphone, laptops and TV purchasing intent and consequent revenue. The Accenture report was released just before CES, and it’s possible that the two would wish to avoid announcements that would allow the press to join the dots and brand the launch a doomed endeavor.
Here comes the Internet of Things ( IoT). Again. A year ago, I wrote a column here arguing that the IoT movement isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be, primarily because being able to connect “things” doesn’t make them an “Internet of Things.” I thought it would be a good time to revisit my position in light of all the press that IoT has been getting lately. Gartner has estimated that some 6.4 Billion connected things will be in use by the end of 2016, with some 5.5 million new things getting connected every day. This is a significant increase on their earlier estimate of 4.9 Billion connected things for 2015. Clearly a lot of connected things have come online and continue to come online. A further analysis reveals that over 60 percent of the connected things relate to the consumer goods industry, with the rest being split evenly between cross-industry devices such as light bulbs and industry specific devices such as hospital equipment. We have also seen an unexpected increase in buzz around driverless cars which are the biggest poster boys for the IoT movement today.
These days, a lot of consumer electronics companies are making products that include support for Apple HomeKit. However, the ConnectSense Smart Outlet was built specifically with the smart home platform in mind.That’s because Apple HomeKit makes it extremely easy to combine several smart home devices under one controller. Well, not just any controller, but one that can be operated using Siri and the sound of your voice.
With their traditional product lines under pressure from cloud-based upstarts, some of Silicon Valley’s legacy tech giants are looking at the Internet of Things to increase their bottom lines.The IoT is still evolving, but it includes connected wearable devices like the Apple Watch, driverless cars and fitness bracelets. That’s the tip of the IoT iceberg. Beneath it are business-to-business applications and data center technology that are likely to dwarf the consumer side in the revenue they generate.Intel is leading the charge, with a group dedicated to creating consumer and other devices that are connected to the Internet. Along with making the chips that drive the cloud’s data centers, it has been developing small modules that customers can program for different wearable applications.