At least four A-list celebrities have already been on walk-throughs, a fact that seems entirely appropriate for a glamorous, 17,000-square-foot home designed with movie stars in mind. But being merely lavish in Beverly Hills, (a place where lavish is as standard as indoor plumbing and electricity), is not what makes the recently completed Sierra Alta mansion such a noteworthy addition to the 90210 neighborhood.
In the same way today’s standard smart phones use GPS navigation and take videos, so, too, will our homes be commonly outfitted with smart features that simplify and optimize our lives.According to a survey by Coldwell Banker, 45 percent of Americans will own smart home features — or at least intend to invest in them by the end of 2016. What’s more, 54 percent of homeowners in the U.S. say they would install smart home systems if it meant they could sell their property faster.While the idea of a smart home remains a somewhat elusive concept, homeowners are nonetheless increasingly curious and enthusiastic about it.
When your custom-built home is planted on a prime piece of property that overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway in sunny southwest Florida, huge, scaling, floor-to-ceiling windows are an absolute must. They deliver phenomenal views, of course — but also allow in excessive heat from the sun. Consequently, the builder of our award-winning smart home, Voigt Brothers, makes sure to outfit every residence he builds with Lutron motorized shading. Lighting control from Lutron is also a standard feature to provide an eye-pleasing aesthetic, as is the handiwork of a reputable home systems integrator to tailor the technologies to the unique needs of the owners of each residence.
Apple could finally be set to include a HomeKit controller app in iOS as standard, according to reports from the MacRumors website. Two years after launching its HomeKit home automation protocol ? currently compatible with a wide range of connected devices ? the American firm is expected to present a centralised controller app at its upcoming annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).
Discourse in the telecommunications industry is currently focused on next-generation 5G mobile networks, which, through dramatic increases in throughput coupled with decreases in latency, promise to fully enable the Internet of Things and bring to life futuristic use cases like the tactile Internet, autonomous driving and more. Even as 5G products enter the market, the standard is tracking for finalization by 3GPP and related organizations in the 2019-2020 timeframe. So let’s take a moment to focus on the
LTE is the champion for smartphone service, but in the Internet of Things, it’s just starting to become a challenger.On Tuesday, Sequans Communications announced what it called the first chip for LTE Category M, a variant of the global mobile standard that is tuned for low-power IoT gear like utility meters, factory sensors and wearables. The chip, called Monarch, will be ready to go into devices when Category M networks go live late this year or in early 2017, the company said.
The LTE market, over the past 20 years, has developed like the market for jumbo jets or nuclear power plants. Four major suppliers and one standard dominate the market because all customers have essentially the same requirement.The IoT market will look more like the automotive market, where millions of customers demand thousands of product variations. Every driver has specific preferences and expectations. Most IoT applications today prioritize cost and battery power, not data rate or reliability. However, new applications are emerging with a completely contrary point of view. So, for IoT, the question is not “which standard will win”, but “what market share can each approach capture?”
As the battle for IoT connectivity continues to rage in the smart home, the pervasiveness of Bluetooth is an undeniable advantage for the standard. Notwithstanding current development efforts around Bluetooth mesh networking that could strike a serious blow to other competitors in the smart home, the plug n’ play nature of Bluetooth has made it a go-to for electronic products of all kinds.At the Discover Blue[tooth] event before the night before the CES show floors officially opened, the above was obvious. Here are a few of the highlights from this reception.
Say hello to HaLow, the newest standard from the Wi-Fi Alliance that promises to use less power while also nearly doubling the range of wireless devices.HaLow is the brand-friendly name for 802.11ah Wi-Fi, which the Wi-Fi Alliance announced on Monday, and is aimed mainly at the smarthome and Internet of Things market.
What makes HaLow uniquely suited for such products? Mainly, the frequency it uses, which is 900 MHz.
That unlicensed spectrum band was long used for cordless phones in the home for years; back when we actually wanted to extend landlines beyond the confines of the cord.
When Internet of Things devices debut at this year’s CES, one of the biggest questions will be how they’ll connect to all the other smart-home gear on display. But anyone who expects a clear answer to that is like a kid who gets up Thanksgiving morning looking for a bunch of gifts under a tree. The fact is, it’s too early to say what standard or protocol will become the glue that can turn a pile of cool gadgets into a system that runs your whole house for you. New systems are just starting to emerge, and though they may eventually work with each other and with older platforms, buying one of each and expecting harmony is still wishful thinking.