This week will see the launch of Bluetooth 5, an improved version that will offer more connected services for those who love to be connected. The Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) is schedule to make the announcement this week in London, according to the Bluetooth SIG Executive Director, Mark Powell. The new standard promises new features that will allow a more connected lifstyle, in and outside the home.
For most people Intel is associated with the slogan, “Intel Inside” which is used as a common badge for a standard desktop or laptop PC. But Intel’s technology is used in many other things such as those for IoT solutions. The latter part of 2015 saw a lot of announcements from Intel giving glimpses of the vision they have for IoT in the home and industries.
Intel has made capital investments, in the hundreds of millions; created strategic partnerships and released new technical solutions for the IoT market.
In 2005 Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) announced that it was conducting smart grid solutions testing with the intention to roll out the solution across the island. At the time JPS reported some of their loses were down to electricity theft, which resulted in a losses of US$18.4 million. To reduces it losses because theft and increase revenue JPS also planning on spending up to US$40 million over the next 5 years. This week JPS said they were going live with Silver Spring’s smart grid open standards-based platform and SilverLink Software-as-a-Service.
Toyota has setup a new connected solution company in partnership with Microsoft. The new collaborative partnership will offer data analytics and connected car services. Located in Plano, Texas, the data science centre will offer integrated connected car services to Toyota drivers and using cutting-edge data analytics to provide feedback into product development for Toyota at large.
Nokia Technologies, an offspring of Nokia, has has made its first step into the connected health market with Samsung, Apple and Microsoft by acquiring Withings of France. Withings offers a family of award-winning digital health products and services to help people lead healthier lives. Its connected health product range includes regulated and unregulated products such as activity trackers, weighing scales, thermometers, blood pressure monitors, home and baby monitors.
Indiegogo has a campaign running for a new gym kit that connects to your mobile Apple or Android and allows you to track your training and fitness. The MOVE IT smart gym kit offers four key workouts for your abdominals and core, skipping, push-ups and resistance. The MOVE IT gym kit, allows you to turn any 3mx3m space in your home into a gym.
Like access to the radio and television, access to the internet has now become a necessity, for most in the developed world. the offering of services via the internet have increased and there is the added benefit that if you use the internet for these services you will save money. Also, to support advance learning the use of the internet is required.
Traditional security protection for computing devices in our home is no longer enough. This is because we no longer want only our laptop and desktop computer protected, we now need to protect Baby Monitor, Microwave, Television and all the other smart devices in our home. Traditional malware and virus protection software doesn’t work on these devices and this is where F-Secure Sense comes to the rescue.
As an IT manager responsible for hundreds of server systems I know the benefits of smart monitoring and getting an alert at the slightest indication of a problem on any of my servers. That is why almost a year to the date I wrote how I think the Connected Home will blur the line between business and domestic services and the direction of the connected home. Therefore, I was excited to hear that British Gas is developing a smart boiler solution that does just that.
Get one App to manage all your Apple HomeKit devices, for just $5.99 US the new PowerHouz App offers new advanced functionalities to help you manage your connected devices. The App removes the need to have an App for each device in your home. New features include triggers, which allow you to preset events for your devices based on pre-programmed events happening. These can be based on your location, the time of day and even special events like Sunset/Sunrise/Twilight.