A report by NanoMarkets is predicting world wide smart grid sensor market to almost double by 2021.  NanoMarkets expects advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) applications to account for the vast majority of the market throughout the forecasting period to 2021. They are expecting the market value of the different sensors to fluctuate over the same period.

Better home network security has become paramount for the modern home, recent news reports have attested to this. The off-the-shelf network security products have let us down and yes I know many of us hasn’t done anything to help ourselves either; by not setting up basic security.  The thing is, we need better home network security systems but unlike businesses, we are unable to justify an enterprise solution for a few home appliances.

After coming to an agreement with Apple on their ongoing patent battle, Samsung is keen to play a bigger role in the growing connected home market. The company has been offering some form of connected solution for sometime but has never showed a real interest, until now. They have announced the acquisition of home automation startup SmartThings. They now join Microsoft, Google, Cisco, Apple and many more in showing a bigger interest in the connected home market.

They had previously collaborated on a client server solution that llows Service Providers to stream content to multiple home appliances at the sametime. Now, STMicroelectronics and SoftAtHome have extended their partnersip to develop an Ultra High Definition (UHD) chipset that enables operators to offer enhance viewing experiences via their set-top box.

Whenever we buy a router, we don’t bother to trouble or think about it unless our broadband connection goes down or the router itself is dead; this is something I am guilty of. I recently upgraded my home router after having the previous one for over ten years – wasn’t wireless. The release of the new Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band WiFi Router (R8000) from Netgear I think is an ideal router for those with an old router and a mixture of new and old wireless devices in their home. It features the latest in high-speed wireless networking.

Rather than using an Omega Seamaster James Bond (007) will soon be using a smart watch maybe one like the new Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch. In addition to lunching rockets and helping to get him out of tight situations it could enhance his bachelor pad. iControl in partnership Samsung has become the first smart home solutions provider to allow access to connected home devices via the New Samsung Gear 2.

Using your iOS or Android based smartphone or tablet you can now use your voice to arm and disarm your Pulse security panel, control your home's lighting, adjust thermostats, lock and unlock doors, and check the overall status of your home, thanks to an new App from ADT called ‘ADT Pulse Voice’.

You might remember our article last year about GE and Quirky, a collaborative partnership that develops smart home solutions. Well, they have launched another smart connected home product base on the WINK platform, called Link. Link is a smart LED Light bulb that has its own app that allows you to control it from your smart phone.

According to a MarketsandMarkets recent market research report "Connected Living Room Market by Products (Smart/3D, LED/LCD/OLED TV, set top box, Home theater (Projector, Audio Equipment), Blu-ray player, Gaming console), Technology (Processor, Memory, Sensor, Connectivity) & Geography - Global Trend & Forecast to 2013 2020, the global Market is expected to cross US $957.65 Billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 6.8% rate from 2014 to 2020.

More than half of global energy consumers would consider installing connected-home solutions or solar panels in the next five years, or purchasing an electric vehicle in the next 10 years, according to a new survey by Accenture ACN +0.01% .  Interest in connected-home products and services such as energy management and other monitoring and control solutions is projected to rise from seven percent to 57 percent in the next five years, due to the expectation that they will help reduce energy bills, increase comfort and convenience, and enable remote control of home devices.

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