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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Earlier this month, Nest’s smart thermostat reportedly stopped working, leaving many users frustrated and their homes freezing cold. Users took their problem to social media, blaming a mysterious software bug that drained Nest’s battery, and complaining that the thermostat can’t connect to the Internet. Connectivity, of course, is the main thing in the Internet of Things (IoT).
The Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming a hotbed for tech teams looking to drive an innovative transformation strategy.In a nutshell, IoT is a network of “things” that has the ability to share information with each other through sensors, software, and network connectivity. These “things”, are often called smart-devices.IoT is big business. By 2020, Gartner predicts that there will be 20.8 billion connected things in the world, just under triple the amount of humans on earth.But what are these “things”? And in what industries will you find them?To assess this in greater detail TechExec. takes a look at the 5 industries that will be hit the hardest by IoT.
PTC has experienced a busy year with the Internet of Things (IoT). Only seven months ago they invested at least half a billion dollars into integrating third-party software and big data analytics for IoT.Now, that investment has grown to about $750 million dollars thanks to their ongoing acquisition efforts. The latest IoT companies added to the PTC family appear to be the augmented reality software company Qualcomm and industrial automation software company Kepware.
More than a decade ago Apple revolutionized the music industry and how the public consumes audio with its iPod and companion iTunes software. Today through iTunes, as well as many other software programs, music lovers can manage and play their digital music files via electronics that range from iPads, iPhones and computers, to traditional two-channel systems with networked enabled source components, and whole-house audio systems with access to local drives.
Facebook is looking to make a big move into the Internet of Things (IoT), with the announcement that it plans to power smart devices through their software. The company made the announcement at the F8 developer conference. Facebook plans to use Parse, a company it acquired in 2013 to help developers build apps related to IoT. Because Facebook does not have their own app store, Parse allows them to monetize any apps sold through the service.”Developers can now easily use Parse to build a whole new category of apps for connected devices, from garage door openers to smoke detectors to wearable wristbands,” Facebook said in a blog post.