smart things solutions GmbH, in Wessling near Munich, is defending its “smart things” brand against Samsung Electronics GmbH in a trademark dispute. The products from the smart things brand are used globally for home automation solutions based on the Apple iPad, among others. As Samsung Electronics registered the “Samsung SmartThings” brand for the EU at a later time and this has led to confusion, smart things filed an injunction against Samsung Deutschland. The hearing is scheduled for 10 November 2016 before the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf, Germany.
The term “HOME AUTOMATION” used to be reserved for two very specific types of homeowners: You were either filthy rich or loved to tinker. However, home automation has come a long way, baby. Today, there are solutions available almost everywhere, making it easy to turn just about any home into a “smart” home. Do you really need it, though? Absolutely! You probably wouldn’t dream of living without a TV, a smartphone, and/or a computer. Today’s electronics have made our lives easier—and a lot more fun. Howev
It’s become a hot topic lately, but what are the real prospects for the smart home and home automation market? More specifically, what role can the security industry play in what is seen as a growth area?Earlier this year, IFSEC International in London saw the launch of a new home automation zone featuring a replica smart home, showcasing a range of interconnected devices such as intruder alarms, CCTV, biometric readers, door entry solutions and locks, as well as wireless control of blinds, lighting and heating, and 4K video and audio distribution.
When Benjamin Lee comes home to his apartment, the lights turn on as he moves from room to room. He could also program his entertainment system to spring to life when he’s ready to settle in for the night. “I don’t even notice it anymore. It’s making things that more simple for me,” Lee said.When he’s away, he can turn control his thermostat from his smartphone, or be alerted of any suspicious activity at home. Lee’s apartment is one of 100 units in Portland’s Grant Park Village that is part of a pilot program in smart home automation from software company IOTAS.
Mass adoption of connected home devices may not be too far off. Ipsos focused in on the popular topic of home automation in its latest installment of the Canadian Interactive Trends Report, a quarterly syndicated study. Looking at interest, attitudes, and behaviours toward home automation among Canadian households, the study found that significant opportunities are just around the corner, but consumers need to understand the true value of home automation first.
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The number of North American and European homes with a smart thermostat grew by 81 percent to 5.8 million in 2015.Credit: energy.gov That is according to Berg Insight research, which also reveals that the North American market recorded a 78 percent growth in the installed base of smart thermostats to 4.5 million and the European market recorded growth 90 percent year-on-year to reach 1.4 million.For energy companies, smart thermostats open up new possibilities to introduce consumer friendly demand response and energy-efficiency programs, which can enable significant capital savings as lower peak load can reduce expenditures on reserve power generation and the need to purchase energy on the spot market.
“So far we are still in very much the early-adopter phase” of the smart home, says Michael Philpott, principal analyst at Ovum, an independent analyst and consultancy firm which specialises in smart cities and home automation.Philpott tells IFSEC Global how the industry can give home automation mass market appeal and imagines what the smart home of the future might look like – a subject he is also exploring at IFSEC International 2016, which runs between 21-23 June at ExCeL London.
Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL), a world leader in storage, cloud infrastructure, Internet of Things (IoT), connectivity and multimedia semiconductor solutions, today launched a highly optimized suite of IoT application processors for home automation, industrial, and wearable applications. Purpose-built as part of Marvell’s IoT Application Processor (IAP) family of products, the IAP220 System-on-Chip (SoC) enables the low-power and high-performance computing necessary for many IoT products, and features an ARM® Cortex®-A7 dual core processor.
Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled “Google Home: Advanced Home Automation for Android Users Introduced at Google I/O.” In that report we noted that Google Home was like Amazon’s Echo meets Apple TV. Earlier this month we posted a patent report titled “Future Apple Devices will Automate Home Automation Processes According to User Behavior Patterns,” wherein we presented an overview of Apple’s intellectual property relating to home automation coming to Apple TV and beyond. The key patent figure is presented below. The report further stated that “With Amazon and now Google catching up to and surpassing Apple’s Siri in some ways, we can only hope that Apple is going to finally deliver on this kind of service for Apple TV at their developer conference next month and out to market this year.”
Apple has their own plans to prove their eminence in home automation segment also as they have introduced some related products last year. We have seen many other manufacturers also who brought similar products during this time. However the growth of this segment is a little slower than others. There are a lot of alternatives available here and it has confused a lot of people to choose a particular brand. People close to the industry were hoping that Apple may take a step ahead and will try to bring some unique things for their customers. Now it seems that Apple has taken the step and some reports are claiming that Apple is planning to bring their own HomeKit app.