While Siri and Google Now are well-established smartphone features, it is in the smart home that voice control systems will live out their full potential. Smart TVs, smart refrigerators, smart plugs, and more will extend the reach and simplicity of managing the smart home environment using voice. With ABI Research forecasting more than 120 million voice-enabled devices to ship annually by 2021, voice control, which combines speech recognition and natural language processing, is quickly becoming the key user interface within the smart home.
The Internet of Things can bring remarkable benefits as well as substantial challenges to today’s ever-changing business environment. No industry will remain untouched, as physical assets are equipped with sensors to create interconnected electronic network systems that record, process and transmit information. The McKinsey Global Institute estimates the IoT will produce $11.1 trillion annually in global economic value.Business-to-business transactions are projected to generate upwards of $5 trillion in global GDP as manufacturing, agriculture, energy and real estate industries incorporate IoT advancements. The IoT can optimize operations as electronically tagged and interconnected sensors are embedded into equipment and products throughout the manufacturing, inventory and supply chain. These smart networks can track the production, performance and location of physical goods.
According to research firm Gartner, there will be 26 billion connected devices by 2020. Verizon’s The Internet of Things 2015 report revealed that among organizations having integrated Internet of Things (IoT) into their operations, 82 percent reported increased efficiency; 49 percent noted enhancements in product quality; and 45 percent said IoT advances have increased customer satisfaction. But despite the buzz surrounding IoT, we’re only just beginning to hear about actual (i.e., real) industrial or business transformation driven by IoT. With IoT’s ability to extract value from physical assets by making them intelligent, connecting them and using the data they generate to optimize business processes, it’s a wonder why every company hasn’t jumped on the IoT bandwagon. Ironically, one of the most significant gating factors concerning more rapid IoT adoption is the fact that, at least in a business environment, successful IoT implementations are almost always begun as business process automation or business digitization projects with specific business objectives. That is, they are almost never begun as IoT initiatives.
IBM Research is expanding its Green Horizons initiative globally to enable city governments, utility companies and factories to better understand their relationships with the environment. IBM’s China Research lab is working with the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau (BEPB) to provide one of the world’s most advanced air quality forecasting systems, able to generate high-resolution 1km-by-1km pollution forecasts 72 hours in advance. It models and predicts the effects of weather on the flow and dispersal of pollutants as well as the airborne chemical reactions between weather and pollutant particles. In the first three quarters of this year, the Beijing government was able to achieve a 20 percent reduction in ultra-fine particulate matter — bringing it closer to its goal of reducing particulate matter 2.5 by 25 percent by 2017.
Dubai: The global revenues from the Internet of Things (IoT) will increase more than 18 per cent from $655.8 billion (Dh2.4 trillion) in 2014 to $779.9 billion this year, said a top Cisco official.IoT is defined as the network of devices that are connected to the internet and can be controlled remotely,“We have passed the incubation phase, now IoT/smart city solutions are ready to be scaled. Cities who scale first will be the winners in an increasingly competitive environment. Dubai is rapidly transforming into becoming one of the smartest digital cities in the world connecting the unconnected through the power of intelligent networks,” Anil Menon, president of Smart+Connected Communities at Cisco, said at the third annual Internet of Things World Forum (IoTWF) taking place in Dubai from December 6-8.
Today, Lowe’s announced the next generation of its Iris smart home solution, built with Microsoft Azure’s cloud technology. This latest version of Iris enhances Lowe’s smart home offering with new functionality and faster performance and includes updated software and hardware that make Iris simpler, more intuitive and more personalized. Available online at IrisbyLowes.com and in stores nationwide, the new generation of Iris provides consumers with unmatched productivity to more easily manage, monitor and maintain their homes in an open, secure environment.
The Corian Charging Surface is an innovative solid surface that powers up smart devices wirelessly.Recommended for any environment from airports, high-rises and office spaces to hospitals, hotels and homes, the Corian Charging Surface from DuPont requires the user to connect a receiver to their smart device, place the device on the charging spot, and power up.
We’ve all heard of renewables but nearly everyone can now benefit from smart technology in one way or another; whether it’s around the home, at our workplace or through the use of mobile devices. What’s more is that these innovative technologies have the ability to be implemented almost seamlessly into gadgets, appliances, and a plethora of other devices in order to make life a little easier. Mainly marketed as a source of cutting-edge entertainment, what is far less publicised is the technology’s influence on the environment and many of you may be surprised to learn that they can help conserve energy.
The HiddenHUB uses adaptive sound technology to bring you an optimal sound experience. Rather than spreading multiple speakers around a room or changing the layout to improve acoustics, HiddenHUBadapts to the room itself.
The CNET Smart Home is here, it’s real, and it’s going to take our ability to review connected home technology to a whole new level. But a smart home is only as strong as the Wi-Fi network it’s tethered to, and for the kinds of testing we want to do, a simple router hidden underneath the living room TV just isn’t going to cut it.Keep in mind that we’re building this property out — all 43,000 square feet of it — to serve as an optimal smart home test environment. Moving forward, we want to be able to test products out in every room of the house and in every corner of the yard. We want to have dozens of devices up and running at once, from connected cooking gadgets in the kitchen to a smart home theater in the basement to intelligent gardening tech outside of the home.