If consumers are shopping for smart-home products, security is likely top of mind.According to The NPD Group’s Connected Intelligence service, four out of 10 consumers who are at least somewhat interested in a smart home ranked making their home more secure and safe as the top reason driving their interest.
Tired of crossing your fingers while trying to locate a WiFi signal? What if, instead, the WiFi could locate us?The smart cats at MIT are on it. In a new paper, a research team led by professor Dina Katabi of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) presents a system that enables a single WiFi access point to locate users to within tens of centimeters, without any external sensors. The group demonstrated the system in an apartment and a cafe, while also showing off a drone that maintains a safe distance from its user with a margin of error of about four centimeters.
Construction is a business that carries inherent risks, especially when your teams are working in one of the most remote regions of the world. Operating in the Australian outback, where heatstroke can injure or even kill workers in hours with little warning, engineering firm Laing O’Rourke uses the power of the Internet of Things (IoT) to keep its workers safe.
With billions of devices and sensors already connected, and that number increasing daily, it’s safe to say that the Internet of Things is disrupting life as we know it. Think about it – our every step is tracked via wearable fitness trackers. A smart thermostat can automatically adjust heating and cooling to optimize energy efficiency. Traffic patterns influence the way a smart traffic signal operates throughout the day. And, much like in our daily lives as consumers, the Internet of Things offers new oppor
Do you know the vulnerabilities of some of the technologies you use every day? Everything we buy nowadays is connected to our WiFi, Bluetooth, Near Field Communications (NFC), fingerprint, face recognition, etc, etc… and while we think it’s safe because it comes from a reputable technology company, or a common Smartphone application, we need to realize that with every new connection we make to the Internet of Things (IoT), we increase our risk.
Started by three IIT-Guwahati graduates – Dhruv Ratra, Swati Vyas and Rahul Bhatnagar – Cubical Labs is a wireless, home automation solution which can be controlled remotely through a mobile device from anywhere in the world. The vision of the company revolves around developing products which are cost-effective, safe and contribute to energy saving and at the same time reduce human effort.
Between TVs, refrigerators, ovens, light bulbs, cars, fitness trackers and jewelry, it seems like everything these days is connected to the Internet. It’s probably safe to say that you’re already using a few connected devices in your daily life. You’re not alone; Business Insider Intelligence estimates there will be nine billion IoT (Internet of Things) devices worldwide by 2018.This ability to pack an Internet connection into essentially any physical object will have some huge implications for the insurance industry over the next decade. As insurers look for ways to innovate their policies and claims practices, your home, health and auto coverage plans will become more connected to your smart devices — and more personalized to your behavior.
The ability to bring internet connection to nearly every type of consumer device will have huge implications for the insurance industry over the next five years. Insurers looking to cut costs, improve business practices, and better assess clients’ risk levels, will increasingly invest in the Internet of Things (IoT). Some auto and health insurers are already offering a new type of insurance — usage-based insurance (UBI) that uses IoT devices to track clients’ activity and offer discounts or rewards for healthy and safe behavior. We expect 17 million people will have tried UBI auto insurance by the end of this year.
China plans to build a safe and environmentally friendly smart-grid system by 2020 as it promotes the spread of clean energy.The nation will build long-distance transmission networks and active power distribution networks to fully use hydro power, wind and solar, according to a statement from the National Development and Reform Commission.
Give yourself peace of mind, and your home the security it deserves, no matter whether you’re at work or away for the weekend.Forget worrying about whether you left the door unlocked, or if your home is vulnerable to burglars, thanks to the advanced security and home automation systems from Vivint.No matter where you are, Vivint can simplify your life with their remote access home security systems that allow you to check your home is safe and sound via your smartphone – so you can rest easy on your break.