30. March 2016 · Comments Off on 6 Smart Home Features That Have Caught On – and a Few That Will Soon · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

While there is a lot of talk about smart homes, few of those high-tech features are actually being incorporated into today’s homes. We are not yet living in the land of “The Jetsons.”But homeowners are moving toward some smart home products, including thermostats they can control with smartphones, automated lighting solutions, keyless entry and security and entertainment options.”Smart home technology is important for some homeowners,” says Nino Sitchinava, principal economist for Houzz, a home design website, which has done several surveys on the use of smart home features. “It’s not something that all homeowners are unambiguously into.”

Source: 6 Smart Home Features That Have Caught On – and a Few That Will Soon | U.S. News & World Report

17. February 2016 · Comments Off on Green Button Alliance grants first utility DMD certification · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Ontario’s London Hydro Inc. has become the first utility to complete the Green Button Alliance’s Download My Data (DMD) Testing and Certification process for electricity, natural gas and water usage data.The Green Button Download My Data (DMD) standard enables home owners and property managers to download their electricity usage data from an energy service provider’s website in an industry-standard XML data format. Customers can use this to view their historical and present energy usage, analyze trends and make informed energy-management choices, enabling them to easily access and efficiently manage their own resource consumption. Certification also increases the market potential for vendor products.

Source: Green Button Alliance grants first utility DMD certification – SmartGridNews

27. August 2015 · Comments Off on This home automation system from 1985 puts most modern-day smarthomes to shame  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Home automation is still perceived as a budding market despite the fact that solutions have been around for years. And by years, I mean at least 30 years which is when the home automation system in this video from YouTuber Avboden was released.

Once you’ve managed to look past the green and black color scheme, it becomes apparent that this 1985 home automation system from Monaco Enterprises (their website is equally as old) is extremely robust.

Source: This home automation system from 1985 puts most modern-day smarthomes to shame – TechSpot

08. July 2015 · Comments Off on Is the internet of things ready for the media industry?  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Alex Wood is no stranger to technology. Founder and CEO of Zonkey, a website development firm based in Bath, Wood happily brandishes his newly purchased Apple Watch while sitting in the spirited surroundings of his local Brew House pub. But the pleasure is not unalloyed.He clearly loves his watch but he was hoping for so much more – more automated connectivity and interaction with his local environment, more relevant news and deals and, well, a little more than a mini iPad on his wrist.

Source: Is the internet of things ready for the media industry? | Media Network | The Guardian

27. June 2015 · Comments Off on Utilities engaging customers in solar via the web · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Studies have shown that customer education how and where customers want it is critical to the success of utilities. Utilities like the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and Avista are taking this to heart and offering their residential and small business customers detailed, customer-specific information directly from their utility website in a self-service format, allowing customers to learn about and explore options at their convenience.

Source: Utilities engaging customers in solar via the web – SmartGridNews