20. June 2016 · Comments Off on Research: Consumer appetite for smart homes is growing – but several concerns remain · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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.

Source: Research: Consumer appetite for smart homes is growing – but several concerns remain – IoT Tech News

09. June 2016 · Comments Off on You wait months for a smart thermostats report and then several arrive together, just like London buses? | TelecomTV · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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.

Source: You wait months for a smart thermostats report and then several arrive together, just like London buses | TelecomTV

10. December 2015 · Comments Off on Nissan is making an electric car that doubles as a renewable energy hub · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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.

Source: Nissan is making an electric car that doubles as a renewable energy hub | T3

03. December 2015 · Comments Off on Future of the Internet of things: IoT key to developing ‘hotbeds of innovation’ · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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

Source: Future of the Internet of things: IoT key to developing ‘hotbeds of innovation’ | The Parliament Magazine

22. October 2015 · Comments Off on Wi-SUN Alliance Expands Support for Smart Cities Worldwide · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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.

Source: Wi-SUN Alliance Expands Support for Smart Cities Worldwide