The US Department of Energy has announced $220m in funding for projects from a host of national laboratories to help upgrade the country’s power grid over the next three years. What work needs to be done to make the grid ’cleaner, more productive and more secure’, and what are the implications for the integration of more grid-connected renewable energy projects in the future?
Microsoft last week announced the acquisition of Solair, a move to expand its global Internet of Things business.Solair’s IoT customization and deployment solutions, which are built on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, have helped a wide range of businesses improve efficiencies and profitability, according to Microsoft.”The integration of Solair’s technology into the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite will continue to enhance our complete IoT offering for the enterprise,” said Sam George, partner director for Azure IoT.
HotSchedules®, a leading provider of cloud-based mobile technology for the restaurant and hospitality industries, has partnered with Kitchen Brains to bring its SCK® Quality Production Manager (QPM) together with the HotSchedules IoT Platform. Kitchen Brains’ QPM application integrates cooking platforms such as fryers and ovens with real-time point-of-sale (POS) data. The integration plans, directs, and reports cooking instructions to ensure that food is always hot, fresh and available for guests. The IoT Platform will eliminate the complexity and costs of connecting QPM to other restaurant technologies especially POS systems.
CES 2016 didn’t just give us a sneak peek into what products we can expect in the upcoming year and beyond. (Come to me, Laundroid!). It also gave us a glimpse into some of the top tech trends for 2016.We’ve talked a lot about 4K and streaming media and those will continue to be hot topics. However, many of this year’s top tech trends are really focused on the smart home. We’re seeing more easy solutions, more features, and more integration than ever before.
The SUHD TVs part of Samsung’s 2016 lineup will be compatible with the current smart devices from the brand and other third party companies.Samsung and SmartThings are buddying up to introduce Samsung’s latest line of Smart TVs, complete with SmartThings platform integration so folks can use their TVs as an interface to control the home.Samsung’s 2016 SUHD Smart TVs with SmartThings IoT technology will be available sometime in the first half of 2016.
Yesterday, the Department of Transportation announced a $40 million funding opportunity entitled Beyond Traffic: The Smart City Challenge. This award will be given to one mid-sized city that puts forward bold, data-driven ideas to improve transportation through safety, reliability, and integration. The Department of Transportation is encouraging cities to present creative approaches for innovatively addressing the challenges they are facing. The vision of the Smart City Challenge is to award and encourage integrated approaches to improving surface transportation performance within a city and integrating these approaches with other smart city domains such as public safety, public services, and energy.
Smart-lock suppliers at the CEDIA Expo focused on integrating their door locks with other home systems, in part by incorporating Thread wireless meshnetwork technology and Nest’s Thread communications protocol on top of Thread.During the show, Poly-Control expanded integration of its Danalock door lock to include Nest, ZigBee and Harmony products, and both Poly-Control and Yale said they plan to integrate Thread and Weave into smart locks.
After years of reverse-engineering Sonos to integrate with third-party home automation systems, the home-technology community is finally getting some love from the famously-closed manufacturer of wireless multiroom audio systems.Details are scarce, but CE Pro heard from several sources at CEDIA Expo 2015 that Sonos is offering something like an open API to select home-control vendors for integration.
Nortek Security & Control expanded its selection of GoControl-brand wireless home-automation products from a handful to almost 20 models, which will be displayed at the CEDIA Expo.The line of wireless Z-Wave home-automation products is targeted to security dealers, systems integrators, A/V specialists, and large retailers. The products do not require professional installation or managed services but will be available to installers for integration with professionally monitored home-security systems sold to security dealers under Nortek Security’s 2GIG brand.
One of the well-rehearsed challenges about smart cities is that this is not a single application. Where most IoT deployments draw on the skills of one industry, smart cities must connect and integrate diverse business groups. For that you need particular platform and integration skills.