18. August 2016 · Comments Off on Get Smart With Stacey: Is Apple HomeKit Worth the Hype?  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The smart home is gaining ground, but it’s still a muddle of confusing standards, competing platforms, and gadgets that don’t do what you might expect. But the promise of products that can make your life a little easier is hard to resist, so I’m here to answer the inevitable questions that arise.Whether it’s figuring out the best connected door lock to assembling the right recipe to wake you up with a faux sunrise at the optimal moment based on yourfitness tracker’s data, I’ve got you covered. As the host of The Internet of Things Podcast, I install a lot of gear and spend hours testing hardware and software to see what works. Smart homes are still pretty dumb, but I want to help you feel smart.

Source: Get Smart With Stacey: Is Apple HomeKit Worth the Hype? | Stacey Higginbotham | PCMag.com

17. June 2016 · Comments Off on AutoGrid raises over $20m to develop Internet of Things energy software · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

AutoGrid Systems has raised more than $20m financing from a group of global investors to help further develop and market its Internet of Things (IoT) smart energy software applications, the company announced this week.The funding was secured from a consortium led by Energy Impact Partners, which represents four major utilities in the US and the UK – Southern Company, National Grid, Xcel Energy and Oncor. In addition, the consortium includes renewable energy technology developer Envision Energy.

Source: AutoGrid raises over $20m to develop Internet of Things energy software

01. May 2016 · Comments Off on Is it time to invest in IoT?  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

I published my first book, The End of Software, in 2004. At the time, I was president of Oracle On Demand, which served as a starting point for Oracle’s billion-dollar cloud business. In the book I discussed the fundamental economic reasons software should be delivered as a service.As an example of new startups in the field, I discussed four companies, VMware, Salesforce, NetSuite and OpenHarbor. None of them were public companies when the book was published. Salesforce was still under $86 million in revenue. While I didn’t get all four correct, three of the four have gone on to be major companies driving the second generation of enterprise software.

Source: Is it time to invest in IoT? | TechCrunch

19. April 2016 · Comments Off on Savant Announces 8.0 Home Automation Software, Pro Remote, Improved UI, Autonomic Inside · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Savant, a leader in home automation and whole-house audio/video, is releasing software version 8.0 in April. Along with that comes firmware updates, new (better) licensing plans, Sonos integration, native streaming media from Autonomic, a new Pro Remote, and vast improvements to the user interface that might have become too oversimplified in the last revision.And for the bonus round, authorized Savant dealers will get the DIY-friendly Savant Remote that was announced last year … before the DIYs get it.

Source: Savant Announces 8.0 Home Automation Software, Pro Remote, Improved UI, Autonomic Inside – CE Pro

14. March 2016 · Comments Off on The next Big Thing – the Internet of Things, or IoT  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The buzz of the Internet of Things has been getting louder, but what is this IoT? The Internet of Things or IoT is the network of physical objects such as devices, vehicles, buildings and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity enabling these objects to collect and exchange data.So now that all these objects can talk to each other, so what’s the big deal? Well, as an example, would it be pleasant if our rooms were at the right temperature when we walk into our house? It can with the IoT.

Source: The next Big Thing – the Internet of Things, or IoT – The Nation