The IoT universe is at 4.9 billion connected devices and growing, according to Gartner. Getting those devices and sensors connected could be the next hurdle smart cities face. San Francisco is working with French vendor Sigfox to build and install antennas on its public libraries in an effort to build a network for its Internet of Things. According to a Network World report, each antenna will cover a wide slice of the city, which could help San Francisco expand the IoT services it currently offers.
ZingBox, an Internet of Things security startup whose founders have ties to Cisco and Stanford University, is working on software that guards IoT devices from threats on the Internet. The year-old company’s focus is upgrading routers and gateways with intelligence to detect when IoT devices are behaving abnormally, indicating that they might be compromised, says May Wang, CTO of the company and a co-founder who spent 14 years at Cisco in its office of the CTO where she was a principal architect.
From flicking a light switch to opening your garage door with a remote control, our homes have been automated for decades. The concept goes as far back as the 1934 World’s Fair in Chicago where the “home of the future” was unveiled. In the last 80 years, however, the automated home has morphed into the smart home, courtesy of the Internet, sensors and connectivity. The modern automated home can do more than turn on our heating and our lights—it can actually think for us.
Once reserved primarily for the wealthy due to its complexity and whole-home-or-nothing model, today home automation is more accessible, no matter what your budget. Instead of buying into a $50,000 whole-home system, you can build a smart home yourself piece-by-piece.
In this article, we will run through the major areas of home automation and explore what different devices and systems can do, helping you decide what works best for your needs. (Click here for Part 1 of this series.)
App permissions and the access they allow are complicated and wildly misunderstood. For IoT home automation devices such as WeMo, owners can’t pass on the app. For that reason, we’re drilling down into WeMo app permissions, to find out what they really mean, as explained by Belkin engineers.
Three years ago most people barely even thought about their air conditioning, until it didn’t work. Then along came NEST, the smart thermostat that opened up a whole new world of home control, and most importantly, money savings. Suddenly, the state of your indoor climate was dinner-table conversation. Get ready to start talking about your water heater.