19. March 2016 · Comments Off on Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) & Sunrun Inc (RUN) To Offer Home Storage Package In Hawaii · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) is rapidly expanding its newly formed energy-storage unit, Tesla Energy, partnering with residential solar company Sunrun Inc (NASDAQ:SUN). The startup will be offering Tesla Powerwall systems along with its home solar-energy package.Getsolar.com reported that Sunrun’s “Brightbox” which would combine its solar panels and smart inverters, along with Tesla’s home battery technology to provide a complete solar-energy storage system for Hawaiins. The package will be gradually rolled out in other US states later in 2016.

Source: Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) & Sunrun Inc (RUN) To Offer Home Storage Package In Hawaii

18. March 2016 · Comments Off on Not-so-smart home: Amazon Echo ‘can be hacked by radio words’ · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Amazon’s voice activated home automation gadget can mistake radio and TV programme for human commands- as some owners found out recently while listening to a US talkshow.To activate Echo, users need to ask the ‘assistant’ Alexa to perform a task, from playing their favourite song to dimming the lights- provided they have the correct smart home appliances to do so of course.

Source: Not-so-smart home: Amazon Echo ‘can be hacked by radio words’ | Netimperative – latest digital marketing news

29. February 2016 · Comments Off on Installing a Smart Grid in the US for Reliable Electricity · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

The numerous issues with US infrastructure are nothing new, but an often overlooked component is the electrical grid. Currently, the grid suffers from inefficiencies and high costs, but smart technologies could solve these problems.On the other hand, making the grid smarter could also make it more vulnerable to cyber attacks.This is not a problem with a simple solution.

Source: Installing a Smart Grid in the US for Reliable Electricity > ENGINEERING.com

29. February 2016 · Comments Off on Telit’s IoT module approved for Verizon 4G network · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Telit’s LE866-SV1 Internet of Things (IoT) LTE Category 1 module has been approved for use on Verizon’s 4G wireless network.The LE866-SV1 is the world’s smallest LTE category 1 IoT module, and Verizon’s 4G is the largest LTE network in the US.The module is about the same size as a thumbnail, and it is ideal for IoT applications with severe space constraints like wearable trackers, health monitoring devices and smart watches.

Source: Telit’s IoT module approved for Verizon 4G network – Computer Business Review

31. December 2015 · Comments Off on Z-Wave Tackles IoT Security, Consumer Education as Ecosystem Hits New Milestones · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

With a year of steady growth, new partnerships, a new online consumer education initiative and augmented security for Z-Wave IoT devices, the Z-Wave Alliance announces year-end milestones. Since the beginning of 2015, the Z-Wave ecosystem has seen almost 100 new member companies, the addition of 250 certified devices and another 15 million smart home devices shipped into the marketplace.Parks Associates data shows that 1 in 5 consumers in the US currently own smart home devices with global growth on the rise and residential connected devices will generate approximately 11 million support requests from consumers. With that in mind, the Z-Wave Alliance and its members are increasingly looking at how to best educate, serve and support new users coming into the smart home market. Launching Z-Wave.com, the consumer portal for tips, best practices and frequently asked questions about Z-Wave smart home solutions, the Alliance’s Consumer Working Group is working to give consumers tools to find the best possible smart home solution for their lives.

Source: Z-Wave Tackles IoT Security, Consumer Education as Ecosystem Hits New Milestones