The IoT explosion is upon us. As developers look to further integrate connectivity and communication protocols into everyday devices, the need for purpose-built IoT development tools has become apparent. I caught up with Venkat Mattela, CEO of Redpine Signals, to discuss the latest in IoT development as well as the company’s new WyzBee platform
The company is introducing its WICED Core ELO SoCs that support such protocols as ZigBee, Bluetooth, 6LoWPAN and IEEE 802.15.4.Broadcom is adding to its portfolio of processors aimed at the Internet of things (IoT) with a family of low-power chips that support a broad array of protocols and offer features such as 40-nanometer flash memory and a common development platform.The new ARM-based systems-on-a-chip (SoCs), introduced Dec. 8, are part of the Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) portfolio of technologies that are targeted at OEMs making small, connected devices for the Internet of things (IoT) as well as systems that can help connect them.
With the expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT), interoperability becomes more and more important. Standards-developing organizations have done a tremendous amount of work to standardize protocols to simplify implementation and to lower the cost of IoT products. As a result, new protocols were developed, existing protocols were combined in new ways, and lightweight profiles were defined. At the application layer, interoperability is not yet mature; the work on data formats (in the form of data models an
There’s a whole universe of connected home gadgets that want to smarten up your living space — and a growing number of them work with Apple HomeKit, the set of smart of smart home protocols built right into your iPhone and iPad. HomeKit provides a sort of standardized vocabulary that helps devices talk with one another, and with Siri, Apple’s AI virtual assistant. It’s one of HomeKit’s marquee draws — install HomeKit-compatible lights, locks, and other smart home gear in your home, and you’ll be able to to control all of it using voice commands.
As the home automation industry has expanded with an ever growing number of devices and services, companies are placing bets on which wireless protocols will dominate. The past few years the leaders have been Z-Wave and ZigBee. Companies are also using a variety of other standards including Crestron’s Infinet, Insteon, and proprietary technologies such as Lutron’s ClearConnect.
According to a recently published white paper, cable boxes have the potential to become protocol-agnostic Internet-of-Things (IoT) hubs and in the process begin to address the competing protocols and closed systems that continue to hold back the IoT industry.
Everyone is excited about the “internet of things” – and by excited, we mean seemingly unable to focus on one thing, not thinking very clearly, and talking excitedly about the same topics over and over again.A panel discussion called “Delivering Smart Buildings in the Home” at the IoT World conference this week helped put some of these issues in the spotlight. On stage were a number of people whose job it is to make sense of all the new activity going on and make it a workable (read: profitable) reality.Straight up, they arrived at the problem of standards and protocols. “Our opinion is that for the next few years, multiple protocols are going to be a reality,” said Kris Bowring, a director of business development at Lowe’s. “Consumers will be looking on the packaging for whether it works with Comcast or with ADT. A hub is going to be necessary for the foreseeable future.”
Focused on interoperability as an enabler for the future, this eBrief illustrates how utilities can leverage flexible technology platforms as the foundation for their system upgrades. From assessing current systems, to selecting software that emphasizes open protocols, eBrief #1 in the series helps utilities create a future-friendly foundation for their initiatives.
Once heralded as a symbol of technological advancement, the Internet of Things (IoT) has been called the most overhyped technology in development today due to a lack of standardization of data, wireless protocols and technologies.
And while it’s arguable that wearable and connected home devices have reached a peak of inflated expectations, IoT-connected devices used in business settings are just beginning to catch on in a change akin to the Industrial Revolution.
With the adoption of two main protocols, home automation might finally be ready for us to try out. Here’s the basics on how to automate your home, what to look out for, and some tips for making it all work better together.