"Aging in place" is commonly defined as "the ability to live in one’s home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level."

Your parents who want to age in place probably define this trend differently.  They simply want to remain in the place where they are comfortable, where they’ve lived for a long time and plan on living a lot longer.  Not to mention they want to stay in a house that may be largely paid off and thus, is very affordable.  Ultimately, they want to stay home.

Research done by Parks Associates found that over 50 per cent of North American tablet and smartphone users are interested in paying for support services that will protect them from software virus, identity theft and loss, despite only a small percentage experiencing these problems.  Titled “The Evolution of Tech Support: Trends and Outlook”, the study looks at the changing dynamics of the tech support market.

Home automation company MyLiveGuard, has extends its home automation and security solution to include Android base devices.  Now, owners of these devices such as Android televisions can include them in the list of manage devices. With an Android TV device and MyLiveGuard a homeowner is able to use a smartphone to remotely view the activities in his/her home from anywhere in the world, provided there is an internet connection.

The adaptation of regular Sensor technology for home healthcare is predicted to accelerate in growth over the next five years; this is according to research published by ResearchandMarkets.  According the paper, sensor technology previously used in non-medical fields are now being adapted to improve healthcare services provided to the elderly and others in their homes.

At first, we thought it would be Microsoft HomeOS that would be the system to bring it all together in the connected home, then early this year our attention turned to Alljoyn as that solution. Now, this week Prodea, an eight-year-old electronics company up until recently only a few us had heard about has become the third option.

The collaboration between DSP Group, Rockethome and Prosyst has delivered another home automation solution for service providers.  DSP said they have integrated Prosyst’s mBS OSGi (Open Service Gateway initiative), Rockethome’s smart home plug and play solution with their DECT and ULE chipset into one end-to-end home automation and security platform.  The solution will provide a cloud and OSGi Internet of Things (IoT) architecture that allows service providers to enhance their service offering.

QNAP the makers of NAS (Networked Attached Storage) has become the first of such companies to be certified by Control4 to work with its home automation solution. The certification of QNAP storage systems has made easier for users and integrators to add storage to Control4 as part of their home network.

With $900k in seed funding and not comfortable with just providing baby monitoring solutions, Evoz has set its sights on the bigger connected home market. Today the company announced plans to expand in this space through partnership with hardware manufacturers such as Belkin and telecom provider British Telecom (BT). Evoz said, the uniqueness of their platform mean they can offer smarter connected solutions.

ZigBee Alliance has announced that a number of his members are working of developing a standard for the NAN.  NAN is defined as a utility's last-mile, outdoor access network that connects smart meters and other utility devices to Wide Area Network (WAN) communication points. ZigBee pointed out that an important of the NAN standardization is to help seamless interoperability between utilities and product manufacturers.

Venstar has release new developer Application Programming Interface (API) for its ColorTouch Thermostats (Models T5800 and T5900). Now, developers can use ColorTouch's built-in API (in firmware updates 3.08 and newer) to create applications that will allow the thermostat to be controlled by third-party applications, including home automation companies.

Pages