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.
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.
With over 50 billion connected devices expected by 2020, the Internet of things (IoT) is poised to have a major impact. What’s not clear, however, is how the IoT’s complex ecosystem — a loose network of interacting products and services, pictured below will evolve and proliferate and which companies will emerge as leaders. The red nodes represent platform companies; the gray ones are companies that provide a product or service.
People who want to embrace the joys of the smart home are being stymied by a widening gap in the ecosystem itself.A six-month study of over 50,000 smart home devices and associated app reviews by Argus Insights said that the usefulness of a connected device was often overshadowed by frustration with the associated app. Consumers who had bought into the promise of a utopian future said that while the device engendered delight, the synchronicity between the two was lacking.
Each year, the National Institute of Standards and Technology funds pilot projects to advance the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace. The pilots address barriers to the identity ecosystem and seed the marketplace with “NSTIC-aligned” solutions to enhance privacy, security and convenience in online transactions. This year, Galois, a computer science research and development company, received a $1.86 million grant to build a user-centric personal data storage system that enables next-gene
With the launch of the Philips Hue lights that are compatible with Apple’s HomeKit home-automation framework, I was finally ready to test the computing giant’s efforts in the smart home area. I had been playing around with a Lutron bridge that came out earlier this summer and supported HomeKit, and found it was fine, but it didn’t knock my socks off, especially when compared with the other options out there on the market. This wasn’t Lutron’s fault, but more a function of the limitations of the HomeKit device ecosystem.
More than a year after it was announced to the public, Apple’s HomeKit smart home ecosystem is finally seeing compatible products come to market. Just last week Philips Hue unveiled a HomeKit-compatible bridge for its line of smart bulbs, and now August is releasing a HomeKit version of its smart lock.The new lock was announced alongside a new combination doorbell camera, a smart door keypad, and a new service called August Access.
ome automation is touted as the next big thing and the fact that companies are coming out with a slew of interconnected and smart devices is helping to foster the ecosystem. Not very long from now, we would be seeing entire house controlled by a single device tagged along with an app that could let you do virtually control the home, remotely.The smart-home ecosystem as of now is a tad bit scattered and we do need several devices to control the in home gadgets and this calls for a need to aggregate all the features into a one single device and make it into the Nucleus of the house. Hubs are the devices which would bridge the gap between interconnected devices allowing users to control the devices singularly.
Digital security device specialist Neotion has revealed it will take on Samsung with a secure smart home ecosystem dubbed Neohome.Aimed at opening up new revenue opportunities for broadcasters and network operators, the Internet of Things (IoT) system is based on Neotion’s range of home gateways and its in-house security processor, Neohome is being positioned as a secure system that is compatible with a wide range of wireless smart home devices.The company said it wants to meet two important consumer demands: the need for safety and security, and desire to control lighting and energy.
The IoT is growing at an incredible rate, and although the predictions currently coming out are probably a bit optimistic, the growth of the industry is undeniable. Tech leader Ericsson this week announced a series of innovations designed to help folks move ahead with adoption of IoT solutions.Even though cellular networks already cover 90 percent of the globe’s populated areas, a number of roadblocks to mass-market adoption of IoT still exist, as far as Ericsson can tell. The company is addressing these challenges with a new suite of software upgrades and ecosystem advances, which according to a release will accelerate the uptake of IoT.