Smart home is not only about making home secure and automated, its also about saving energy by switching on and switching off of various appliances at home as per the need of home occupants using IOT enabled systems.A smart home otherwise can be also called as automated home by using Internet of things (IoT) technology, can save 10% of electric power consumption, according to a study by U.S.-based Consumer Technology Association (CTA), which was earlier known as consumer Electronics Association, the industry body which conducts world-famous Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas U.S.
There are more than 6.8 billion devices with Wi-Fi technology in use today, but the number of devices that need to share data or access the Internet wirelessly will grow exponentially in the coming years because various wearables, driverless cars, smart sensors and other devices that belong to the Internet-of-Things (IoT) world. The Wi-Fi Alliance this week announced the IEEE 802.11ah standard, which was developed specifically for IoT devices. The tech will be formally called the Wi-Fi HaLow.The 802.11ah operates in 900 MHz band, which helps to cut down power consumption, extend transmission range, improve propagation (the ability to transmit in the presence of many interferences) and penetration (the ability to transmit through various barriers, such as walls or floors). It is expected that the radius of a Wi-Fi HaLow device will be twice that of modern Wi-Fi standards (i.e., 500 meters in case of the 802.11n) and up to one kilometer, which can be further extended using relay. Actual data-rates supported by the 802.11ah will not be too high: the tech uses 802.11a/g spec with up to 26 channels that provide up to 100 Kb/s throughput.
Longsys Technology, the leading solutions provider for the Internet of Things (IoT), just announced the world’s smallest IoT WiFi Silicon-in-package (SiP) module, LTP0201, which is designed for IoT and wearable devices that can connect to other smart devices or directly connect to the Internet for cloud-based data analytics and enhanced services.With an amazing size of just 6mm x 6mm (only 1/10 of the IoT WiFi PCBA modules, or less), this breakthrough technology IoT SiP module integrated MCU, memory, power management and RF parts, to provide a high performance, low cost, and low power consumption solution for connected products.
There are a wide variety of technology platforms, or protocols, on which a smart home can be built. Each one is, essentially, its own language. Each language speaks to the various connected devices and instructs them to perform a function.Choosing a smart home protocol can be tricky business. Obviously, you want one that will support a large number of devices, as well as one that offers the best possible device interoperability (the ability for devices to talk to each other). But there are also other factors to consider, such as power consumption, bandwidth and, of course, cost.
New networks being built with far less fanfare than cell towers will connect objects that in some cases have never been linked before, like street lights and traffic signals. The latest, called Starfish, is now debuting in Silicon Valley.Forecast 2016: Security takes center stageAfter a year of high-profile hacks, security is top of mind for tech execs in 2016.READ NOWThe many new dedicated networks for the Internet of Things aren’t as fast as LTE or Wi-Fi, but they’re designed to reach devices across an entire region with lower cost and power consumption. That’s part of the equation that’s supposed to make IoT work.But as a new kind of network, these LPWA (low-power wide area) technologies are still a Wild West of competing vendors and approaches. Take your pick: Ingenu, SigFox, LoRaWAN, NB-LTE and more.
Silver Spring Networks joined the increasingly crowded race to provide a wide-area wireless network for the Internet of Things. Starfish is a public version of the 900 MHz network the company developed initially for smart utility meters.
Nearly a dozen contenderss are trying to fill a need for long distance networks that cut the cost and power consumption of today’s cellular machine-to-machine networks. Silver Spring believes it can offer at relatively low cost significantly better throughput and latency than current leading 900 MHz competitors in the space, Sigfox and the LoRa Alliance.
The city of Breda, in the Netherlands, has created an Internet of Things (IoT) solution that links the physical sensors of its water and sewage plants to optimize pumping levels and power consumption. In Helsinki, Finland, the city-owned bus system has been using sensors to collect and analyze fuel usage data and help cut costs. In Oakland, California, the police department is capturing and managing video from 600 body-worn cameras, using a cloud storage platform developed by a Microsoft partner.
“Internet of Things” technology has a wide range of applications from precision agriculture to a smart city and even a smart building. Like so much with IoT, what a smart building currently lacks is a concrete, widely accepted definition. The definition most agreed upon by the industry is a building with some degree of automation. That can mean something as simple as self-flushing toilets or as complex as real-time fully integrated sensor systems monitoring the power consumption for each light bulb in the
If you’ve ever gotten slammed by an electric bill that was shockingly high, you know it’s an unpleasant experience. A litany of what-ifs and whys flash through your head: Was the air conditioner running too long? Are we using the toaster oven too much? Perhaps that old fridge in the garage is the culprit?Thankfully, digital technology trades wild guessing for fact-based data. Welcome to the era of smart energy monitors, which track home power consumption in real time and are capable of pinpointing what appliances are power hogs and which are power misers. And in a place like the CNET Smart Home — which is packed with tons of high-tech gear — keeping tabs on electrical use isn’t just a good idea, it’s critical for a stable test environment and spotting any power usage problems before they happen.
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) has become a key building block for the Internet of Things, and chip makers are working to make it an even better fit by using the technology to further reduce power consumption of devices and helping developers implement it.Applications have been a key ingredient in making smartphones a huge success. Vendors are hoping to repeat that recipe for IoT, with semiconductor companies such as ST Microelectronics coming up with tools to make BLE, a set of specifications for reduced-power wireless networking, easier for developers to use.