The desire for more efficient energy usage and evolving consumer behaviour has seen demand for Centrica’s smart thermostats more than double in 12 months, according to Nina Bhatia, Managing Director of the FTSE 100 energy company’s Connected Home unit.At the heart of the British Gas owner’s suite of products and solutions targeting digital home management, a nascent industry premised on the Internet of Things (IoT), is Hive – a suite of wireless products that let you control your home from your mobile, tablet or laptop practically anytime, anywhere, from lighting to hot water, central heating to variable temperature management of individual rooms.
Landis+Gyr, a global leader in energy management solutions, has successfully completed Wi-SUN US Profile physical layer certification of the radio technology used in Gridstream® solutions and deployed globally in over 7 million smart grid IoT devices.Industry alliance certifications ensure future interoperability of RF-enabled hardware deployed in smart grid networks. This standards-based certification demonstrates that utilities will be able to realize a future smart grid vision that securely connects devices critical to efficiently and reliably serve the needs of energy consumers. With a wide variety of Wi-SUN compliant devices already operating today on Landis+Gyr networks, utilities are better positioned to bring new devices onto the network for a variety of energy efficiency, grid management and smart city applications.
Home automation has been improved by devices that support voice command. Controlling your home with your voice is a game-changer. Here are just a few ways voice control enhances home management.Truly hands-free tasksVoice control really changes the kitchen game when it comes to convenience and life enhancement. Imagine trying to get a big dinner ready for your kids or your house guests without any free hands. Need to know how many ounces are in a cup, or how many calories are in that cup of rice? Just ask your digital assistant, which knows the answer due to its swift access the Internet. Look up anything without being at a computer or typing on your phone. You can even use your voice to set timers for the food you’re cooking, and soon you’ll outsource even more tasks with your voice.
A Chief IoT Officer may be next executive placement for every company going forward. The Internet of Things or IoT is growing and spreading so rapidly it is difficult for companies to stay ahead of the demand curve. At this pace, going forward most every company will have a Chief IoT officer. The problem is that today, there are very few top level candidates. This is a position most companies and executives will have to grow into. This is a great opportunity for those in senior management. This is also an
Consumers who want a smart home but don’t necessarily have the cash on hand to finance the products and installation, have a new option from Control4 (Nasdaq: CTRL), a leader in home-automation technologies including lighting controls, security, energy management and entertainment.Control4 has teamed with GreenSky, a financial services firm, to help consumers finance their installations through professional home-technology integrators.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) have executed an agreement to monitor global Internet of Things (IoT) activities and collaborate on developing standards.The memorandum of understanding recognizes the importance of standards and the effective management of the associated applications through which value is clearly identified and captured for this fast-growing industry.
Gartner, Inc. estimates that 1.6 billion connected things will be used by smart cities in 2016, an increase of 39 percent from 2015 (see Table 1).”Smart commercial buildings will be the highest user of Internet of Things (IoT) until 2017, after which smart homes will take the lead with just over 1 billion connected things in 2018,” said Bettina Tratz-Ryan, research vice president at Gartner.Commercial real estate benefits greatly from IoT implementation. IoT creates a unified view of facilities management as well as advanced service operations through the collection of data and insights from a multitude of sensors. “Especially in large sites, such as industrial zones, office parks, shopping malls, airports or seaports, IoT can help reduce the cost of energy, spatial management and building maintenance by up to 30 percent,” added Tratz-Ryan.The business applications that are fueling the growth of IoT in commercial buildings are handled through building information management systems that drive operations management, especially around energy efficiency and user-centric service environments. In 2016, commercial security cameras and webcams as well as indoor LEDs will drive total growth, representing 24 percent of the IoT market for smart cities.
Energy management: Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, is launching Wiser Air, the company’s first Wi-Fi Smart thermostat for residential consumers. Wiser Air is currently available for purchase through HomeDepot.com and Amazon.com, and will be launching with additional retail outlets in the future.Wiser Air couples Schneider Electric’s leading energy management expertise with intelligent design and state-of-the-art technology to provide consumers with a tool that effortlessly delivers energy efficient comfort. It comes equipped with Wiser Forecast, which relies on Schneider Electric’s top-ranked weather forecasts. This same weather intelligence is used by leading utilities, major airlines, and sports and entertainment venues, and now is available to homeowners through this exclusive offering. Building on Schneider Electric’s more than 100-year history in energy management and patented HVAC technology, Wiser Air maximizes energy savings without sacrificing design or advanced functionality. It leverages innovative features like proprietary Comfort Boost technology designed to quickly match the preferred temperature and increase comfort.
Energy storage is the key enabler for extending the penetration of renewable resources into the energy mix. Scenarios include storage for distributed rooftop systems, utility-scale storage for grid regulation and management, and long-term storage of seasonal, intermittent energy resources. Correctly evaluating and deploying storage systems will become increasingly important for utilities of all types as they move to integrate higher percentages of renewable power into their portfolios.
On November 2nd, 2015, Zysco Company announced the App Store Release of its latest update of PowerHouz, its Home Automation App fully integrated with the Apple HomeKit.PowerHouz elevates the home automation experience by integrating all of the HomeKit functionalities. It is the first App to offer the management of Accessories, Users, Service Groups, Action Sets and Triggers in all available platforms (iPhone, iPod, iPad and Apple Watch).