02. July 2017 · Comments Off on Amazon Alexa: Smart Home Skill Gives Cameras Voice Commands · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant is getting more capable around the house.The retail giant said Thursday that it built a new developer tool that will let companies specializing in home automation technology integrate Alexa into their products.Now, businesses that use Amazon’s new API—the software that links together Alexa to their respective products—can create new “skills” that can imbue their technologies with voice-activated controls. Amazon refers to the apps that coders can build for Alexa as skills.

Source: Amazon Alexa: Smart Home Skill Gives Cameras Voice Commands | Fortune.com

08. July 2016 · Comments Off on Security risks in the age of smart homes · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Smart homes, an aspect of the Internet of Things, offer the promise of improved energy efficiency and control over home security. Integrating various devices together can offer users easy programming of many devices around the home, including appliances, cameras and alarm sensors. Several systems can handle this type of task, such as Samsung SmartThings, Google Brillo/Weave, Apple HomeKit, Allseen Alljoyn and Amazon Alexa.But there are also security risks. Smart home systems can leave owners vulnerable to serious threats, such as arson, blackmail, theft and extortion. Current security research has focused on individual devices, and how they communicate with each other. For example, the MyQ garage system can be turned into a surveillance tool, alerting would-be thieves when a garage door opened and then closed, and allowing them to remotely open it again after the residents had left. The popular ZigBee communication protocol can allow attackers to join the secure home network.

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26. January 2016 · Comments Off on myDevices Launches Cayenne, the World’s First Drag-and-Drop IoT Project Builder · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

myDevices, the Internet of Things (IoT) solutions company that “simplifies the connected world,” today announced Cayenne, its developer and maker tool for IoT projects, at the IoT Evolution Expo in Fort Lauderdale. myDevices developed a robust IoT platform that allows companies to efficiently connect devices, visualize data, apply sophisticated rules and interact with their connected customers. With the debut of Cayenne, myDevices is extending its versatile device and connectivity agnostic platform – launched in October 2015 – to the developer and maker community in the form of an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop tool.

Source: myDevices Launches Cayenne, the World’s First Drag-and-Drop IoT Project Builder | Business Wire

18. January 2016 · Comments Off on The 2 Phases of Internet of Things and Marketing · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

In August, it was reported that 51 percent of marketing executives expect the Internet of Things (IoT) “to revolutionize marketing by 2020,” according to a study by the Economist Intelligence Unit.The question is why?IoT has been couched as a tool for ‘personalization,’ ‘engagement’ and new ‘customer experiences,’ but these characterizations are too vague. IoT may be worthy of all the buzzwords, but what will it actually look like in day-to-day life?

Source: The 2 Phases of Internet of Things and Marketing | SocialTimes

13. November 2015 · Comments Off on PRIME Alliance: New certification tool and 10m meters in field  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

At European Utility Week in Vienna, Austria, the Powerline Intelligent Metering Evolution (PRIME) Alliance this week confirmed development of an automated certification tool for research laboratories including DNV GL, ITE and Technalia.In a press statement, PRIME Alliance said using an existing set of test cases for certification and compliance testing for service and base nodes.

Source: PRIME Alliance: New certification tool and 10m meters in field | Metering.com