Microsoft has big ideas and plans for the connected home but with most ideas you need support and partnerships to make them a reality. Since last year I have noticed that the relationship between Microsoft and Insteon has grown and Insteon it seems has become a key partner in Microsoft’s connected home strategy, something they have been working on for some time.
Cox Enterprise has increased its strategic partnership in the health sector with investment in digital health technology and services provider Rimidi. The digital health solution provider is base in Atlanta and focuses on diabetes and other chronic conditions. Cox earlier this year made another investment in Healthspot, a provider of patient and provider driven telehealth technology.
Toshiba has made available new hardware and Software Development Kits (SDK) for developers and manufacturers of Internet of Things (IOT) solutions. Both are based on Toshiba's proprietary technology ApP Lite TZ1000 series of processors for wearable and Internet of things devices. Together, the kits allow evaluation of devices in an environment closer to that of their final application. With the hardware and software kits vendors will be able to quickly and easily design application processors into their application that will shorten the development cycles.
Xfinity Home has come a long way since its first launched back in 2012. Now Comcast said they will be opening the Xfinity platform for partner integration with the release of a Software Development Kit (SDK). The new software tool will allow devices from Comcast partners to work seamlessly with the Xfinity Smart Home platform, offering more features and personalization.
It seems the Energy Service Network Association (ESNA); the body that developed the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) will have to go back to the drawing board with the Open Smart Grid Protocol. Researchers, Phillip Jovanovic from the University of Passau in Germany and Samuel Neves from the University of Coimbra in Portugal have identified weaknesses in the authenticated encryption of the protocol.
Traditional home automation devices were designed to control systems within a house and within a limited range of connectivity; however, with recent developments across different areas of connectivity of appliances and devices, these systems enable users to monitor and control them even when they are on the move. This includes mobile connectivity features, an integral component of smart homes provided by device manufacturers; and compatible communication protocol and technology based products offered by Internet Service Providers.
With the release of it first fitness wearable Microsoft connected home partner Insteon is working with developers to take the Microsoft Band into the connected home. Insteon announced last week at the Build conference that developers can now use the Insteon’s RESTful API to create home automation apps that use the Microsoft Band.
After one year of gathering feedback, Ofcom, the UK’s telecom regulatory body has published its findings. They have recognise the impact IoT will have an the UK’s industries and have identified the priority areas that will facilitate IoT implementation and growth. These areas include data privacy, Network Address, spectrum availability, network security and resilience.
With the explosion of wearable technology over the last two years the race is on to see who will bring the next big thing to market. Already Google and Samsung are seen as the big players but with a possible global retail revenue of up to $19 billion by 2018, said Juniper Research; now is not too late for your business to enter the wearable technology market.
Being internet ready is a necessity if not a big selling point for hardware vendors. Many manufacturers haven’t got the resources to redevelop their devices that need internet connectivity. Therefore, they struggle to take advantage of the “Internet of Things” market. Electric Imp has come up with a solution with their Imp card; looks like an SD Card, but is much more powerful.