03. September 2016 · Comments Off on This Smart Home Will Blow Your Mind · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

At least four A-list celebrities have already been on walk-throughs, a fact that seems entirely appropriate for a glamorous, 17,000-square-foot home designed with movie stars in mind. But being merely lavish in Beverly Hills, (a place where lavish is as standard as indoor plumbing and electricity), is not what makes the recently completed Sierra Alta mansion such a noteworthy addition to the 90210 neighborhood.

Source: This Smart Home Will Blow Your Mind – TheStreet

30. August 2016 · Comments Off on Logitech Pop Review: A smarter button for the IoT · Categories: News · Tags: ,

It’s an awkward fact of life: the smart home, and the Internet of Things in general, is meant to make life more streamlined but can often just leave us poking at our phones more frequently. Want to turn the lights on? There’s an app for that. Want to play your favorite new album? There’s an app for that too. Sometimes you yearn for the halcyon days of a switch, and that’s just what Logitech is offering with Pop, a programmable shortcut button.

Source: Logitech Pop Review: A smarter button for the IoT – SlashGear

19. June 2016 · Comments Off on Cirrent Launches Automatic Internet Connection Service for Smart Wi-Fi Products · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Today marks the availability ofCirrent, the new way to connect any smart, connected product to the Internet automatically and securely. Cirrent’s service enables connected products—such as home thermostats and televisions—to connect to the Internet automatically and securely, right out of the box. With more things on the Internet than people, it’s predicted there will be 30 billion devices online by 2020—ranging from sprinkler systems to teddy bears. In fact, approximately 88% of consumer electronic devices shipped in 2015 were Internet-enabled. Before Cirrent, the setup process for most connected products involved multiple steps, confusing passwords, and in more than 20% of cases, consumers failing to connect their “smart” products to the Internet at all (source: Accenture).  The difficulty of getting products connected to Wi-Fi is a fundamental barrier to the adoption of connected products, and results in lost sales, high support costs, and high returns.  Cirrent addresses these issues head on by making products secure, reliable, and easy to use, which adds directly to the bottom line of the product companies.

Source: Cirrent Launches Automatic Internet Connection Service for Smart Wi-Fi Products | Multichannel

25. May 2016 · Comments Off on Cirrent Launches Automatic Internet Connection Service for Smart Wi-Fi Products · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Today marks the availability of Cirrent, the new way to connect any smart, connected product to the Internet automatically and securely. Cirrent’s service enables connected products—such as home thermostats and televisions—to connect to the Internet automatically and securely, right out of the box.With more things on the Internet than people, it’s predicted there will be 30 billion devices online by 2020—ranging from sprinkler systems to teddy bears. In fact, approximately 88% of consumer electronic devices shipped in 2015 were Internet-enabled. Before Cirrent, the setup process for most connected products involved multiple steps, confusing passwords, and in more than 20% of cases, consumers failing to connect their “smart” products to the Internet at all (source: Accenture).  The difficulty of getting products connected to Wi-Fi is a fundamental barrier to the adoption of connected products, and results in lost sales, high support costs, and high returns.  Cirrent addresses these issues head on by making products secure, reliable, and easy to use, which adds directly to the bottom line of the product companies.

Source: Cirrent Launches Automatic Internet Connection Service for Smart Wi-Fi Products

20. May 2016 · Comments Off on iOS 10 to finally come with Apple home kit app?  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Apple every year have their own applications coming into their own store in a rather obvious way. But now, it’s been more than a year since Apple introduced its own foray into the budding market of smart appliances and home automation products or according to the latest trends, let’s call it as the “Internet of Things”. However, if you consider the fact that adoption of “Home Kit” by manufacturers and developers has been steady till now but it’s still somewhat slow. This was resulted by consumers. This is no doubt a long requested feature. But may be finally and once and for all, Apple might have finally listened to its customers and might soon have its own official HomeKit app, available starting iOS 10.

Source: iOS 10 to finally come with Apple home kit app? : News : News Every Day

27. April 2016 · Comments Off on What is a Smart Thermostat? Algorithms  · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

There is no clear definition of a smart thermostat. In fact, as more offerings have entered the market, the definition of a smart thermostat has become more misunderstood. Some consider a thermostat “smart” if it has two-way communications (i.e., you can view and change settings on your smartphone). However, this is simply inaccurate. This type of thermostat, according to Navigant Research, is actually considered a communicating thermostat. A communicating thermostat is a device solely enabled to gather an

Source: What is a Smart Thermostat? Algorithms – Energy Manager Today

18. February 2016 · Comments Off on Wink home automation hub gets water sensors with leakSMART · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Water damage is a big deal, in fact, it’s one of the most reported claims for home insurance, behind only fire and lightning, and wind and hail. Now with home automation products increasingly gaining market share and mainstream acceptability, that problem can be reigned in to a certain extent. No, it won’t prevent extremes like Hurricane Katrina, but if a pipe springs a leak then you can get a jump on it.

Source: Wink home automation hub gets water sensors with leakSMART

18. February 2016 · Comments Off on Business as usual: 20 states at solar grid parity · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

As installation costs continue to decline and retail electricity rates climb, residential solar economics have become increasingly more attractive across the United States. In fact, according to GTM Research, 20 U.S. states are currently at grid parity, and 42 states are expected to reach that milestone by 2020 under business-as-usual conditions.Residential solar reaches grid parity when the levelized cost of solar energy falls below gross electricity bill savings in the first year of a solar PV system’s life. While traditional grid parity analyses rely on average retail electricity rates to calculate customer savings, GTM Research used utility and state-specific rate design, system production and installation costs to more accurately gauge solar’s attractiveness.

Source: Business as usual: 20 states at solar grid parity – SmartGridNews

28. January 2016 · Comments Off on Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Demand Response: A Boon To Smart Grid · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a decision of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that had vacated FERC Order 745. Well, that summary sounds pretty boring, doesn’t it?Except, if you live in the world of electricity, smart grids, batteries EVs, and energy efficiency, it’s not. In fact, it is pretty exciting. Because, at its heart, the ruling (Justices Thomas and Scalia dissenting, Alito abstaining) firmly establishes an economic equivalency between actions that take place on the customer side of the meter with those that take place in wholesale electric markets. Which means that suppliers of demand response, energy efficiency and different types of electric storage can feel much more confident in their economic future.

Source: Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Demand Response: A Boon To Smart Grid – Forbes

22. January 2016 · Comments Off on 7 Cs for the Internet of Things · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Adrian Bridgwater of Forbes recently wrote, “The fact that we are surrounded by so many IoT-related messages is surely confusing. We have started to try and clarify the issue by talking about the Internet of Things That Matter (IoTTM) or the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to denote IoT devices in industry from smart cities to manufacturing to aeronautical applications and onwards… Regardless of which side of the IoT fence you sit on, the existence of these new ‘things’ depends upon seven crucial C-words. This story originates from an original idea, concept and proposal made by and attributed to Wael Elrifai, director of enterprise solutions and officially appointed ‘data guru’ at Pentaho. Elrifai in fact proposes five Cs of the IoT, but we have ‘top ‘n tailed’ his theory for editorialization — and because 7 is always better than 5, wherever you are.”

Source: 7 Cs for the Internet of Things – DATAVERSITY