Mindshare, in association with SharpEnd, has launched the results of the first in-depth study into connected products in the home and the opportunity it offers to household brands.The researchers took a unique approach with their study and built ten connected “product and packaging” prototypes which five households trialled over the course of two weeks. The product trials were paired with a survey into the attitudes of 1000 UK smartphone users towards the Internet of Things and connected packaging. Over half of the consumers (64%) responded they’re interested to have everyday objects connected which is evidence of the appetite for IoT products. This corroborates with research from Berg Insights released this morning, who reports the number of smart homes in Europe and North America reached 17.9 million in 2015 – a 56 percent year-on-year growth.
New research from Berg Insight of Gothenburg, in Sweden, shows that the number of homes in North American and Europe now equipped with smart thermostats is rising rapidly. Overall the sector grew by 81 per cent over the course of 2015 with uptake in North America increasing by 78 per cent and in Europe by 90 per cent year-on-year.They are impressive figures but it has to be a said that they begin from a very, very low user base. The reality is that at the moment North America has a mere 4.5 million smart thermostats deployed while Europe has just 1.4 million. All in all some 5.8 million smart thermostats are in use and that’s a miniscule number given the size of the two huge markets.Nonetheless, the smart home market is on the move and Berg Insight’s forecast is that that the number of homes in Europe and North America with smart thermostats will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 54.5 per cent over the next five years to reach an installed base of 51.1 million by 2020.Unsurprisingly Berg expects North America to remain the biggest market and has calculated that 32.2 million homes there will have smart thermostats by 2020 while Europe will have 18.9 million of them.
Unveiled at the 21st annual UN Conference on Climate Change, the new partnership between Nissan and multinational energy provider Enel aims to bring Smart Grid technology to Europe in the near future.The concept behind the tech centres around using an updated version of the traditional underground power grid, known as a Smart Grid. Nissan proposes creating a symbiotic relationship of sorts between the grid and a new wave of electric cars. Known as Vehicle-to-Grid, the process will see energy used to charge up your car can then be redistributed back into other areas, essentially turning your motor into a rolling energy hub.
The EU has been urged to abandon the privacy rules ‘it is so hung up about’ because they are hampering technological innovation. A Brussels conference on the future of the future of the Internet of Things (IoT) in Europe on Thursday heard from key industry figures on the emergence of an IoT ecosystem. Wim de Waele, the CEO of Belgium’s Eggsplore who has been in the ICT business for almost 30 years, stressed the need to work on large-scale pilots to experiment with technology. “I would encourage the Europ
The Wi-SUN Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies seeking to accelerate the implementation of Field Area Networking and the Internet of Things, today announced support for a new frequency band in Europe (870-876MHz). The addition of this frequency band will allow improved data rates, performance, robustness and security compared with many alternative solutions. As the industry need for Smart City and IoT deployments across Europe grows, Wi-SUN support for this band now makes available to the European market proven Wi-SUN profiles for Field Area Networking (FAN) and home area networking (HAN).“Wi-SUN is responding to the Conference of European Posts and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) recommendations and European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) rules for 870-876 MHz,” said Phil Beecher, chairman, Wi-SUN Alliance.
Every once in a while a breakthrough invention surfaces in the patent system that provides us with a glimpse into Tomorrowland. While many are still buzzing that Project Titan may take Apple into completely new technological frontiers, it’s not the only possible area of technology that Apple is considering that’s far from traditional internet devices. Today, Patently Apple discovered an Apple patent application in Europe that introduces us to an invention that could one day be a common Home Automation System in our homes and businesses.
Patently Apple reports that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been granted a new patent in Europe relating to home automation and the company’s vision for future smart homes. In some cases, the company registers patents in Europe to hide what it is inventing at the time.While rumors of the Apple Car still pop up time to time, the company’s home automation prospects go unnoticed. Patently Apple believes that this is just the start of home automation patents that will show up in the near future. The iPhone maker has been experimenting with 3D depth technology for a while and this patent may relate to it.
After several false starts, 2017 could be the year when smart meters finally run wild across Europe. That’s when Germany — the last holdout among major industrialized nations in the European Union — is set to begin pushing out a ramped-up rollout of smart meters in a phased-in process that now has the support of the country’s 900 distribution service operators (DSOs).According to a draft Digitization Law document leaked to the press in early August, smart meters would be compulsory for high energy consumers and for those living in new buildings.
More than half of consumers across Europe surveyed by Delta-ee find connected home ‘energy’ products appealing. Smart heating controls (smart thermostats and multi-zonal controls) topped the list at 70% in Germany, with smart lighting and remote diagnostics offering less appeal. Arthur Jouannic, manager of the Delta-ee Connected Home Service, says “this is encouraging given the low awareness of these products in the market.”
Samsung has launched a new hub for smarthome devices, which it hopes will kickstart the evolution of the internet of things (IoT).The company revealed it will be bringing its SmartThings Hub to the United Kingdom and Europe in 2016, giving consumer a central unit to control all of their smart, connected devices from your tablet or smartphone using the companion SmartThings app, which will deliver real-time notifications and even video clips.