It is no joke when we said the home has become a fierce battle ground for connected technologies, and 2017 is the year of the smart speaker. Already this year most of the well known brands have announced dates for release or plans to develop their own smart speaker solution. Therefore, I can see a smart speaker being high on the shopping list for Christmas 2017. Underneath the elegant and smooth designs will be one of four voice control systems Apple Siri, Google Assist, Microsoft's Cortana or Amazon Alexa. We have gather them all here for you to have a look and hopefully help you decide.
Stay connected while you're away from home by receiving rich notifications on your iPhone or iPad lock screen or Apple Watch from your Logitech Circle 2. The company has announced that Circle 2 Wired home security cameras and mounts now work with Apple HomeKit. Simply set up your Circle 2 Wired camera with the Apple Home app and enjoy access to live video on your iPhone and iPad, notifications to your lock screen on iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch. You can automate your home such as turning on the lights automatically when motion is detected by the camera.
Since the invention of the simple car, car manufactures are always on the lookout for ways of making a car journey comfortable and entertaining. And as technology advances they have been able to make changes to this machine whose main purpose is transport. This year's auto show in Frankfurt, Germany has prompt me to look at how the concept of the car has changed from simply a means of transport to something that has become one with us (the driver) and now desires to be one with our home.
Netgear has added another router to its range of Nighthawk routers. The Nighthawk X4S, is the industry first DOCSIS 3.1 Gigabit Cable Modem Router and is also certified for Comcast Xfinity internet services. With support for the updated DOCSIS, The Nighthawk X4S AC3200 WiFi Cable Modem Router (C7800) is able to deliver Gigabit internet download speeds and strong and fast WiFi connectivity.
All smart home appliances we buy today offers some from the connectivity whether to the internet or another device in our home; because of this some see it as an opportunity to hack into our home. We therefore, need a better way of securing our connected home appliance, from viruses, malware or any other nasties that might try to cause us problem. The new ARRIS home gateway is one of the new forms of home security solution that try to protect your home internet's first point of entry - the gateway.
The global smart home M2M market is expected to expand at a rate of 13.3% CAGR between 2017 and 2025 to reach a value of US$16.316 million by 2025 from US$5.421 million in 2016, according to a report by Transparency Market Research. The report pointed out that the global smart home M2M market remains fragmented. The market is comprised of many large vendors operating in various industry verticals such as: platform providers, telecommunications operators, chip providers, device manufacturers, and original equipment manufacturers (OEM). Stiff competition characterizes the market.
In Partnership with Trend Micro, TP-Link has released a new home networking and cyber security solution, called HomeCare. Designed for the modern home; HomeCare has Trend Micro built-in antivirus control, which is designed to keep your wireless network and connected devices, safe and secure, while maintaining top internet speeds. With strong parental controls, HomeCare provide additional insights, ensuring the entire family can safely enjoy surfing the internet.
With the increase connected cars and supporting services, the need for these cars to store, analyse and exchange data is set to increase exponentially; the industry is expecting by 2020 connected and autonomous car data traffic to reach over 280 petabytes per vehicle each year. This potential market is attracting manufacturers with diverse solutions. Western Digital, which many know as a storage solution provider for computers, has released an embedded storage device specifically for connected automotive applications and the infotainment sector.
The acquisition of Alertme by British Gas is now bearing fruit for the energy company. According to Centrica, British Gas’s parent company, connected home services revenue is up 30% to the end of April 2017, with over 600,000 connected hubs installed and over 900,000 connected products sold to date.
Comcast is adding two new solutions to its Xfinity internet services. One is xFi, a Wi-Fi management console for home owners to manage their Wi-Fi network, and a xFi Advanced Ethernet Gateway. Both services are expected to enhance the user experience of the Comcast Xfinity internet service and make home Wi-Fi configuration easier. The xFi platform is also the foundation to facilitate a stream of new services coming from Comcast.