03. July 2017 · Comments Off on Home security companies fight to be the gateway drug for smart homes · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Home security is getting interesting. At the high end, there is a battle between service providers such as ADT, Honeywell and Alarm.com to roll out new services and connected offerings that cost less and provide more home automation. This involves partnerships with startups and legal battles galore.

Source: Home security companies fight to be the gateway drug for smart homes | Stacey on IoT | Internet of Things news and analysis

25. June 2017 · Comments Off on Survey: What Electricity Customers Really Want · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Electricity customers have more choice in how they consume and manage their energy today than at any time before, and the number of options available continues to multiply. But what is it customers want? What types of products and services are they being drawn to? And are they following through with a purchase? That’s what the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative’s (SGCC) latest Consumer Pulse and Market Segmentation Study seeks to shed light on. It examines how customers interact with electricity providers a

Source: Survey: What Electricity Customers Really Want | Greentech Media

19. June 2017 · Comments Off on Honeywell providing three utilities with smart grid services · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Honeywell will provide three power providers in the United States with managed smart grid services that offer a simpler way to manage technical smart grid networks, and enable improved electricity service and reliability for their customers. The Honeywell subscription services offer an alternative for smaller utilities, which typically have fewer IT resources, that choose not to own and manage their own advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) software. Managing AMI software is a resource-intensive task that many smaller utilities often struggle to accommodate.

Source: Honeywell providing three utilities with smart grid services – Electric Light & Power

25. August 2016 · Comments Off on IFTTT Moves To Become The Glue Of The Smart Home · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

For the past few years, there has been a number of efforts to tie together the fragmented smart home world. Big tech players like Alphabet -owned Nest, Apple AAPL +1.25%, Samsung and Amazon have all tried their hands at it to varying degrees of success. IFTTT, a San Francisco-based startup founded in 2010, has been a bit of an unsung hero here. IFTTT — an abbreviation for “If This Then That” — does the complicated and tedious work of tying together internet services (like Facebook FB -0.77% or Instagram) and internet-connected hardware (like the Nest thermostat or LIFX light bulbs). Users come up with so-called “recipes” for how these things will work together. For example, send an email when Facebook’s stock jumps over $150 a share, or send out a tweet every time the garage door opens (no, maybe not the most useful recipe). IFTTT users have created 40 million of these recipes to date.

Source: IFTTT Moves To Become The Glue Of The Smart Home – Forbes

21. August 2016 · Comments Off on Who is best positioned to build a smart home assistant?  · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

There has been a lot of talk recently about advancements in the smart home arena, especially about new ways to control smart home devices. I have heard Amazon’s Echo referred to as a smart home device, and just this week, web service IFTTT announced new partnerships that are intended to allow smart home devices to connect in an automated fashion to other devices and services.However, what we’re still missing when it comes to the smart home is a true smart home assistant — a counterpart, if you will, to the smart assistants that come baked into every modern smartphone operating system. This post dives into what that means in practice, and who might be best positioned to deliver on this vision.

Source: Who is best positioned to build a smart home assistant? – Recode