Consumers find smart home technology a big turn-off and companies are struggling to put across the benefits of the internet of things, according to a new report.Just over seven out of 10 consumers are unwilling to pay for smart devices in the next five years, says a survey by accountancy firm PwC.Although many who have made the investment are pleased with their purchase, few are bothering to outlay the cash to upgrade to smart technology such as intelligent heating, plugs, appliances, lighting or automated devices.The survey also revealed consumers are keener to find out more about smart technology when they can see a cost benefit, such as energy savings or free supply and installation.PwC also looked at the smart devices selling best.
For some time now, we’ve been hearing a lot of noise about the internet of things (IoT) in the consumer space – smart thermostats and such.But another area it’s making a difference is in the heavy industries, allowing businesses to optimise the work of the big machinery and infrastructure they count upon.This is the industrial internet of things, or the IIoT, where big machinery is connected and talking to one another, and back to centralised systems.And analyst house Gartner believes IoT will move toward mainstream adoption in 2016 for many more industries.
Have we mentioned lately that when it comes to the so-called “internet of things,” security is an afterthought? Whether it’s your automobile, your refrigerator or your tea kettle, so-called “smart” internet of things devices are consistently and alarmingly showing that they’re anything but. If these devices aren’t busy giving intruders access to your networks and passwords, they’re often making life more difficult than so-called dumb devices. Last week, for example, the popular Nest smart thermostat simply
University researchers have proved that work is still needed to secure internet of things smart home devices after they found unpatched vulnerabilities in gadgets, including Google’s Nest thermostat, that were leaking data.Speaking at the PrivacyCon 2016 in Washington DC, researchers from Princeton University’s Centre for Information Technology Policy (CITP) revealed that some smart home devices leak user information, including user activity and behaviour, as well as the type of device being used.
The WiFi Alliance has finally approved the eagerly-anticipated 802.11ah WiFi standard and dubbed it “HaLow.” Approved devices will operate in the unlicensed 900MHz band, which has double the range of the current 2.4GHz standard, uses less power and provides better wall penetration. The standard is seen as a key for the internet of things and connected home devices, which haven’t exactly set the world on fire so far. The problem has been that gadgets like door sensors, connected bulbs and cameras need to have enough power to send data long distances to remote hubs or routers. However, the current WiFi standard doesn’t lend itself to long battery life and transmission distances.
Cisco has announced a major refresh of its certification programs, all of which will henceforth include material on cloud, the internet of things, cloud, “network programmability” and “business transformation”.Cloud and IoT are self-explanatory while “network programmability” is software-defined networking by another name. While Cisco is making much of the three topics’ inclusion representing a major modernisation of its certifications, “core” topics beyond the three new elements will account for 90 per cent of the available score in exams.
Six months into its life, the Wireless IoT Forum has made its first major public policy pronouncements, calling on regulators round the world to set aside dedicated sub-1 GHz spectrum for the internet of things.The industry body was established to distill operator requirements for IoT and machine-to-machine networks into unified frameworks which could accommodate the diverse range of technologies and business cases emerging in this area. It will also aim to act as a mouthpiece for the concerns of operators and other stakeholders, and of course spectrum availability is a critical one.
The internet of things (IoT) is both present and future, as the explosion of sensors rockets ahead. But, for the uninitiated, what aspects of life will be affected? Well, pretty much all of them.
Internet of things: Home. The most obvious aspect of IoT is smart homes. From the moment we wake up, devices-permitting, our homes will be reacting to our very existence.
In recent months, Vodafone and EMC invested €2m in an internet of things industrial test platform. The new testbed will provide facilities for the testing and exploration of technologies like machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. The IoT Innovation platform is spread across three data centres in Cork: EMC, Vodafone, and data centre and cloud provider Cork Internet eXchange (CIX).
Ericsson, Sony Mobile and SK Telecom are testing new device and network innovations which should support secure and ubiquitous LTE network connectivity for lower cost, lower power internet of things devices.According to a press release on the Ericsson website, the three conducted lab tests of “key functionalities of LTE device Category 0 and Category M (Machine Type Communication)” in Ericsson radio labs in Krista, Sweden, with additional testing planned “later this year”. No further details on when the tests will take place have been given.