Smart homes are the next big thing. You may not realize it yet, but somewhere your day will be easier because of it. Smart home technology is not only impacting the houses its installed into. Its reach stretches to other industries like business, science and even health care. Here is an infographic detailing the numbers and change caused by smart homes. The rapid rate of growth in the smart home industry has an effect on all kinds of industries.
GreenPeak Technologies, the industry leading Smart Home semi-conductor/system company, launched the new GP691 ZigBee communication controller chip and GPM6000 integrated ZigBee Modules for Smart Home and IoT networks and devices. The new GP691 ZigBee communications controller provides robust IEEE Standard 802.15.4-compliant spread spectrum data communication in the worldwide 2.4 GHz band and is capable of running the full stack and application for ZigBee applications, including ZHA and ZLL profiles.
Belkin’s iOS-friendly WeMo home automation line took another big step forward today with the announcement at CES in Las Vegas of a new line of sensors. For those who want to create a subscription-free security system, the new devices are just what the doctor ordered. The sensors are battery-powered with a one-year battery life, perfect for easy installation by anyone.
For years, consumer technology has resided in two rooms: the office, and the living room. At CES 2015, expect it to colonize the rest of the home. That’s not to say that you won’t find traditional PCs and televisions this week in Las Vegas. But consumer firms have moved beyond those mature, traditional markets into mobile technology, wearables, and cars – and they keep moving. This year, the theme of the show may very well be the connected home, as smartphones and tablets take on a new role as control devices for the Internet of Things.
How cheap is too cheap? D-Link has found the sweet spot between low-priced, but low-quality smart home systems and pricey security systems. It’s now planning on opening up its system to many more accessories, judging by the DCH-G020 connected home hub that just passed through the FCC.
Regional wireless carrier US Cellular recently launched OnLook, a new home automation and security system. The OnLook digital home automation system was developed by US Cellular with the help of Alarm.com, a firm that specializes in providing solutions for managing homes over cellular networks, including house security, environmental monitoring, and home control. US Cellular’s OnLook service offers many tiers according to the customer’s home management and security needs.
Select Security is proud to announce that it has expanded into Kentucky with the acquisition of three local companies. Over the past several months, Select Security has welcomed the employees and several thousand customers from Comstar Systems in Bowling Green, AAA Systems in Elizabethtown and Bardstown Alarm in Bardstown, KY.
IC Real Tech, a global innovator of Internet of Things enabled video technology solutions, is tapping the 2015 ICES to show the world ALLIE – its 720-degree video monitoring camera. So revolutionary in its functionality, ALLIE (formerly called IC720) has already been named an honoree of the 2015 CES Innovations Awards in both the Digital Imaging and SmartHome categories. The camera can be experienced live at IC Real Tech’s ICES exhibit, located in the Sands Expo @ Tech West, booth #70223 from January 6 – 9, as well as the CES Unveiled press preview event taking place January 4th at Mandalay Bay.
Smart home technology is here and is increasing penetration into consumer’s homes day-by-day but, as with any technology, standards and protocols matter.
For the past 15 years or so, technology companies have sought to develop software solutions that enable the use of Internet protocol (IP) for wireless sensor networks and other connected devices that leverage Internet connectivity. As a result several means of connectivity and networking have emerged that are making their way into smart home solutions including ZigBee and 6LoWPAN.