In July 2015, two cyber security researchers demonstrated to a reporter at WIRED magazine how they could remotely control a Jeep Cherokee after having hacked the onboard entertainment systems to gain control of the vehicle. The wireless “zero-day exploit” led Chrysler to recall 1.4 million vehicles to update their security systems, at considerable cost to the Chrysler bottom line and a collective scary bother to its customers.
Do an image search on Bing or Google for “Internet of Things Building Blocks” or similar and you’ll find a plethora of visual depictions of tools and technologies that go into making the entirety of the IoT. A couple of examples can be found at Manuscrypts.com and Techcrunch.com. In short, you can find references to all manner of technology: hardware, wireless/wired infrastructure, cloud, app development frameworks, and more. No doubt, these are needed to manifest the many solutions that fall under the IoT umbrella.
Smart homes are still an alien concept to many home users in Singapore, despite the country being one of the most wired up in the world. The reason – home owners often find the technology unfamiliar and deem the costs too high.That is about to change, say a new wave of smart home vendors using technologies that will bring costs down through the same mass market mechanics as PCs and smartphones.One of them, lighting control company Lutron Electronics, has been developing automated lights, sensor-based dimming and remote controlled window shades which don’t require an electrician to install.
Synopsys, Inc. has announced a portfolio of IP optimised to address the security, wireless connectivity, energy efficient and sensor processing requirements for a range of IoT applications such as wearables, smart appliances, metering and wireless sensor networks.The DesignWare IP portfolio for the IoT includes power and area efficient logic libraries, memory compilers, non volatile memory, data converters, wired and wireless interface IP, security IP, ultra low power processor cores and an integrated sensor and control IP subsystem.
However, so far, this has been primarily used to provide convenience and security for the owner, neither of which has a measurable return on investment.Now the great thing about Smart Home technology is that all of the pieces are there to do energy management while the Smart Home is ‘doing its day job’. Smart Homes can control heating and cooling, lighting, window shades, appliances, water heaters, pool pumps, etc. Smart Homes also can talk a variety of wired and wireless technologies and protocols.
As our homes becoming increasingly wired (or unwired) it’s important for our teakettles to talk to our fridges and, potentially, for both to gang up on our vacuums. But how? They can now use something called the Silvair Control from Seed Labs.
We last met up with Seed Labs last November when they showed me a working system to control electronics in the home using an open and very usable chip interface. That interface is now commercially ready and we can expect to see the product inside of appliances before too long. The Control, however, is something else entirely. Shaped like the Nest thermostat, the Control is actually a removable button/dial that you can carry from room to room to control lighting and appliances.
Last week I talked about how people are thinking too small when they think about the Internet of Things (See Part 1). When we truly consider the ramifications of connecting a vast array of data-gathering sensors, devices, and machines together, what’s important to realize is that information will be translated into action at a rate that we have never seen before. We are closing in on a world with infinitesimal reaction times, immediate responses to changing conditions, and unparalleled control in managing assets and resources.
The Internet of Things (IoT)—or “Internet of Everything”—is a term describing the emerging global ecosystem of Internet Protocol (IP)-based intelligent sensors and devices communicating electronically through wired and wireless hardware and software networks. IoT allows humans, machines, buildings, infrastructure, clothing, and other objects to autonomously exchange, monitor, analyze and respond to continuously shifting information environments.
A string of venture capital firms have stumped up $15.4m of new financing for semiconductor business EnVerv, which provides chips for smart grid, solar and other grid connection markets.
New investors Cassiopeia Capital Partners, Cisco and UMC Capital joined previous backers Benchmark Capital, NEA and Walden International in the round.
EnVerv president and CEO Michael Raam said the funding would be used to increase production, expand its customer base and develop new products in the wired and wireless communications and metering market sectors.
Smart grid infrastructure is reliant upon the underlying communications technology in order to become smart. It is the communications technology that allows the grid to become intelligent, adaptive, and integrated between the transmission, distribution, and generation of energy. There are a variety of communications technologies that provide two-way communications between the various nodes in a smart grid network and the utility itself. These include wired solutions, like power line communications (PLC), fiber, or copper leased line networks, and wireless solutions, like cellular, Wi-Fi, microwave, and radio frequency (RF) mesh. Both wired and wireless communications can be run either as a private network or as part of an existing public communications network.