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.
Internet of Things (IoT) connections will surpass mobile by 2018, according to communications giant Ericsson in a new annual mobility report.
The smart grid promises to help create a more efficient, cleaner world with more agile networks that suffer fewer power outages and shorter restoration times. And mobile will play an increasingly larger role, from providing basic cellular connectivity to proprietary networks designed specifically for the IoT to wireless sensors that can glean staggering amounts of data.
Computers and mobile devices running rich operating systems have a plethora of security solutions and encryption protocols that can protect them against the multitude of threats they face as soon as they become connected to the Internet. Such is not the case with IoT.Of the billions of IoT devices presently in use, a considerable percentage are sporting low-end processing power and storage capacity and don’t have the capability to become extended with security solutions. Yet they are connected to the Internet, nonetheless, which is an extremely hostile environment.
Marketers are always falling in love with mobile’s latest “shiny new object” and new technology acronyms — 5G, BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy), NFC (near-field communication), RWD (responsive web design), etc. — and they’re constantly looking for the next platform, whether it’s virtual reality (VR), bots, artificial intelligence (AI), or the internet of things (IoT).
Google wants to extend its services into your home, past the Nest, mobile phones, and tablets. The Information reports there is “secret Google project” to make a competitor to the Amazon Echo, a speaker/voice assistant that sits in your home and listens to commands.The publication doesn’t specifically mention features of the Amazon Echo-like device, as the anecdote was included in a story about Google’s Nest division struggling to integrate within the company.
IoT development projects are everywhere, and affordable, advanced technology is the driving force behind this fast-growing phenomenon. Smaller, more accessible hardware and the flexibility to use common programming languages make it easier than ever before to develop these embedded IoT systems. From hobbyists programming their own single-board computers to companies developing devices we can control from our mobile devices, the IoT is rapidly expanding.Whether you’re creating a quick prototype or an entire IoT-powered business application, here’s a look at the small but incredibly smart technology of IoT development to give you an idea of what hardware and software you’ll need and some skills to look for in an IoT programmer.
The global smart home healthcare market [https://www.psmarketresearch.com/market-analysis/smart-home-healthcare-market ] is expected to grow with a CAGR of 38% during 2016 – 2022. Among the various applications, the fall prevention and detection segment is expected to witness the fastest growth during the forecast period. The global smart home healthcare market is growing at a significant rate, due to growing demand for advanced smart home healthcare technologies, and growing geriatric population. In addition, the increasing demand of mobile health (mHealth) technologies, and increasing demand of personalized healthcare technologies are also driving the growth of the global smart home healthcare market.
Smart-home companies Nest and TP-LINK are adding new capabilities to their home-automation products while EchoStar Technologies is launching its first system.EchoStar’s entry differs from most companies’ DIY solutions in using a TV, not just mobile apps, as a way to monitor and control a smart home. TV suppliers Sony, LG and Samsung have also developed solutions that use a TV for monitoring and control.
If you’re like me, remembering how different using a mobile phone was back in 2006 is getting increasingly difficult. That’s because today we live in a world so completely transformed by the iPhone, it seems as if it’s always been that way.But looking back, things were indeed very different. If you used a smartphone at all back then (something the vast majority of consumers did not), chances are it was a Blackberry. If you tried to use the Internet on your phone, you might remember the “mobile Internet” experience, such as it was, was pretty horrible. Most consumers at the time still used basic feature phones, and industry analysts predicted that smartphone adoption would grow, but not at nearly the eye-popping rate we would soon see in the age of the iPhone.