Mindshare, in association with SharpEnd, has launched the results of the first in-depth study into connected products in the home and the opportunity it offers to household brands.The researchers took a unique approach with their study and built ten connected “product and packaging” prototypes which five households trialled over the course of two weeks. The product trials were paired with a survey into the attitudes of 1000 UK smartphone users towards the Internet of Things and connected packaging. Over half of the consumers (64%) responded they’re interested to have everyday objects connected which is evidence of the appetite for IoT products. This corroborates with research from Berg Insights released this morning, who reports the number of smart homes in Europe and North America reached 17.9 million in 2015 – a 56 percent year-on-year growth.
A proportion of very high frequency (VHF) wireless spectrum will be reserved for future use by Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices, the UK telecoms regulator has announced.Ofcom will also create a new category of licence specifically for IoT/machine-to-machine (M2M) communications applications, along with a “dedicated information and application web page” for those seeking spectrum access for connected devices, according to a policy statement by the regulator (31-page/258KB PDF). The new licence will replace its existing “business radio” (BR) licences, and will become available later this year, it said.
Eric Dresselhuys, co-founder and executive vice president of global development at Silver Spring Networks, strives to make the UK a better, more cost-efficient and connected place. His company produces smart grid products, with the aim of creating smart cities across the globe.He spoke with Tech City News about the ins and outs of smart cities, what’s been done already in this area, what’s still to be done and why it is important.
More than half of UK businesses (54 percent) plan to employ a chief IoT officer within the next year.This is especially so in the education (63 percent), retail (63 percent) and telecomms (64 percent) sectors, research commissioned by cybersecurity specialist Webroot and data centre organisation IO has revealed.
Power storage technologies are often touted as the Holy Grail for delivering the clean energy system required if the UK is to truly decarbonise its economy. But they are not, perhaps, something you’d think of putting in your home.However, home energy storage provider Powervault is now showing how a small investment by British householders can both save on their electricity bills and help to alleviate demand on overburdened grids.
The “Internet of Things” (IoT) describes a world where the physical objects around us – everything from heart pacemakers to fridges – are connected via digital networks. The PETRAS IoT Hub will explore the technical, ethical and social issues associated with these networks. It aims to make the UK the world’s best place to develop and deploy new internet technologies.Imperial College London is part of the new consortium of nine universities, which has received £9.8 million support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), as part of a UK Government investment in IoT research.
The arrival of Apple Watch and Apple Pay, the first UK man on the International Space Station, as well as the rise of the Internet of Things and smart home technologies were the major engineering and technology milestones of 2015 according to IET experts. And what do they think that 2016 will bring?
Logitech’s Harmony Elite is the closest I’ve got to achieving the smart home dream. You know, the one where you enter the house, all the lights flick on, and the entertainment system boots up to your favourite channel while the heating system asks if the temperature is cosy enough for you—that sort of thing. The problem has always been standards: the Internet of Things (IoT) has lots of them, but few of them play nicely together.The £279 ($350) Harmony Elite bridges the gap with a fancy touchscreen remote, charging dock, smartphone app, and a wireless hub, letting you control most infrared, Bluetooth, and IoT devices from either the included remote, or a smartphone app. The hub—which you can purchase separately for £99 ($99)—is the where the magic happens. Logitech sells the remote separately for £199 in the UK, as well as range of cheaper models, but none feature the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth IoT wizardry that makes the Elite bundle so appealing.
Four million UK households now have “some form of smart home”, after a 30 per cent increase in adopting new technologies over 2015. Figures from Strategy Analytics show that 14 per cent of homes in the UK now use smart technology – such as controlling your thermostat or setting to record something on TV with your mobile phone while you’re out and about – although that could rise to 30 per cent, the data group believes.
Honeywell and Pearlstone Energy have teamed up to provide a smart grid programme for commercial and industrial facilities in the UK. The programme aims to reduce energy bills while helping improve country-wide power reliability and meet carbon reduction commitments.Pearlstone Energy will pay participants to reduce their energy consumption for short amounts of time during periods when electricity demands exceed availability. Pearlstone Energy will partner with Honeywell to identify short-term energy reduction measures in buildings, such as adjusting heating and cooling equipment, and Honeywell will provide the technology to automate these reductions, free of charge to the building owners. Prior to a building’s participation, Honeywell will conduct site audits to assist in the design of energy reduction measures. Additionally, the company will provide testing and training, and will connect each facility to the automated system.