There are myriad “things” that could benefit from having a Wi-Fi Internet connection, enabling access to devices and data anytime and anywhere. Whether it’s a vibration device monitoring commercial building disturbances or irrigation controllers charged with watering acres of plants at a theme park, the Internet of Things (IoT) provides companies with an avenue to improve efficiency, add value, and ultimately make the “things” they manufacture “smart.”
How many times have you walked away from home unable to remember whether you locked the door or not? With electronic locks, you receive an alert so that you can secure it even if you’re away from home. There is also a convenience element as smart locks (via the Bluetooth connection in your smartphone) can automatically detect your presence and unlock your front door for you.It is also possible to generate passwords (that work only during times that you specify) instead of lending keys to others. You can know who entered your residence and synchronise opening the door to other features, such as the activation of lights or an alarm system. If you are travelling, you can use the remote monitoring system to check every room of your home. There is also the possibility of leaving some smart lights connected as a protective measure, programming them to turn on using alternate schedules so that your home looks as though there are people inside. Whether you’re considering buying or, as an installer, recommending a smart door lock to a client, you should first know your options.
The Internet of Things may be among today’s most hyped technologies, but that’s not stopping some large enterprises from seeing positive results from early implementations. One example is Avnet, the $27.9 billion technology distributor that launched IoT in its global data center to better manage ambient temperatures and energy consumption. The combination of sensors and software continuously monitors temperatures and adjusts thermostats when necessary to stay within preset thresholds.“When we had a less accurate monitoring capability, we would err on the side of caution by over-cooling the data center,” says Steve Phillips, chief information officer. “We now consume less energy and, in turn, pay less for cooling the data center than we did in the past.”
Telit’s LE866-SV1 Internet of Things (IoT) LTE Category 1 module has been approved for use on Verizon’s 4G wireless network.The LE866-SV1 is the world’s smallest LTE category 1 IoT module, and Verizon’s 4G is the largest LTE network in the US.The module is about the same size as a thumbnail, and it is ideal for IoT applications with severe space constraints like wearable trackers, health monitoring devices and smart watches.
LG: The company’s new smart TVs with WebOS 3.0 will deliver onscreen control and monitoring of LG smart appliances and compatible other-brand products via Wi-Fi and Ethernet.
The future of wearables, which includes activity trackers, smartwatches, smartglasses and embedded sensors in clothing, is quickly evolving and changing to reflect technological advances and new products available in the marketplace.At CES 2016, there was a plethora of wearable devices dominating the scene, particularly fitness trackers, sensors, smartwatches, virtual reality and augmented reality headsets, also known as smartglasses. Health-related wearables, particularly those for seniors and babies, and for monitoring sleep and health conditions, constituted a large segment of the new devices on display.
Smart sensor start-up Helium will begin shipping development kits for its programmable IoT platform in February, the company confirmed at CES today. Dubbed the Helium Sensor Development Kit, it’s expected to make industrial and enterprise monitoring more straightforward, with a software-defined, field-programmable sensor.
Mooresville-based Lowe’s said Monday it will start offering professional monitoring services for its do-it-yourself “smart home” system Iris.Starting in the second quarter, renters or homeowners with Iris systems will be able to get emergency responders dispatched to their homes if there is an intruder or if smoke, carbon monoxide or panic alarms are set off, Lowe’s said in a statement Monday.
Tollgrade Communications, Inc., the industry leader in redefining the global standard for reliability at the world’s largest electric utilities and telecommunications providers, announced today it has been selected to provide its LightHouse distribution monitoring platform with Medium Voltage (MV) Smart Grid Sensors to Scottish Power Energy Network (SPEN) for SPEN’s Accelerating Renewables Connection (ARC) project.
Axiros, a leader in device management and IoT solutions for service providers, enterprises, and OEMs, and Grupo Exito (Almacenes Exito S.A.), the largest retail company in Colombia, today announced that Axiros will provide 600 of Exito’s department stores with a sophisticated management and monitoring platform to handle all of its multi-vendor equipment for its retail store chain.Exito will use the Axiros AXPERIENCE® IoT Suite to control the switches, access points, kiosks, barcode readers, barcode printers, tablets, and other network devices inside the retailers creating a state-of-the-art IoT environment. By monitoring and managing all of these devices on the same platform, Exito is able to optimize their operations and maximize their efficiencies better than ever, saving resources and reducing costs.