Microsoft last month announced the general availability of Azure Sphere, an end-to-end connected home solution. Azure sphere, according to Microsoft is an integrated security solution for IoT (Internet of Things) devices and equipment. A solution that will form the based for the development and deployment of secure connected devices. The idea is, if connected home devices and services are developed on a secure and base and supported by an active platform then the increasing risks to connected home and its occupants.
The Apple Watch is now seen as one of the most popular watch brands in the world, beating the likes of Rolex. This was no easy feat for a product that is only six years old. With improvement in technology, excellent marketing and a strong phone brand to complement the watch, it’s easy to see how it happened. And it is with these two products that Apple has found its way into the connected health sector. Again, standing back and looking at it, I can see how it happened. Today, the two things that are physically close to use at all times are our watch and our phone. They sometimes physically feel, hear and see what we see. Therefore, they are the best placed tools to monitor our health.
According to Cisco, there will be 29.3 billion networked devices on the internet by 2023 of this amount Machine-To-Machine (M2M) connections will be 14.7 billion, that’s 50 percent share. Families having their baby monitors hacked is a constant news item. We need solutions that can make the connected home a more secure environment. Then after hearing about Microsoft’s recent general availability of Azure Sphere and knowing that we already have TR-069; I am thinking why not use the best of both to fix this problem.
In a move to widen the use of electric to power public transport, Chilean public transport operator, Redbus Urbano has selected ABB’s Heavy Vehicle Chargers (HVC) to power 25 of its electric buses in one of its bus terminals. ABB supplied eight Heavy Vehicle Chargers (HVC), each with three depot charging boxes, for the terminals in the cities of Nueva Bilbao and El Salto.
Zebronics has launched new security camera for the Indian home automation market. The device offers pan, tilt and digital zoom (PTZ) capabilities, with three connectivity options LAN, Wi-Fi and Hotspot. According to Zebronics, the camera can be wall-mounted or used on a table-top and has a microSD card slot that supports up to 512GB. It (ZEB-HA2NW10M-PT-HMBW) has motion sensor to trigger alerts should it sense movement. Using your phone, you can access the camera to further investigate.
The connected home and its services don’t sometimes hold the headline in regular newspapers for the good things it is doing for many individuals and homes. Some stories you will read will let you believe that is a fad and will remain relevant but only for geeks who understand it. However, after reading the Cisco annual internet report you will get a totally different picture on how this technology and its use is growing in popularity for all. Cisco is one of the biggest network service providers in the world and most of the internet’s traffic goes through their devices at some point to reach its destination.
Microsoft released a blog note on how Cortana services will change in the next service update. From what I understand the updates are more geared toward supporting the Office 365 platform as it relates to personal productivity. A number of experiences that we have become used to from Cortana are going. The official word is some connected home skills will no longer be available in this updated Cortana experience.
Garman recently released its newest line of smart watches featuring the latest in wearable technology. The Tactix Delta, according to Garmin is built to military standards with many new features to support tactical functionality and outdoor navigation. The Approach S62, designed for golfers with GPS technology that integrates critical course information and full-color mapping, right on the golfer’s wrist. This can help you to navigate the most difficult golf courses.
Somfy has launch a new range of connected shades and curtains solutions based on Zigbee 3.0. This new range includes the TaHoma gateway hub with embedded Radio Technology Somfy (RTS) motors and Zigbee 3.0 radio connectivity, a corresponding local controller, an automation app and a full set of motors for shades and curtains.
At CES this year Landis+Gyr partnership with MicroEJ introduced Gridstream Connect Apps as a part of the Gridstream Connect IoT solution portfolio. The Gridstream Connect Apps is already in the market where is helps utilities to offer meter-based flexible billing, demand management used for billing and load management, along with apps that convert a smart meter into a distribution system sensor.