Sky is celebrating a 10 percent rise in profit over the last quarter to the end of September. The company said revenue rose 6 percent to £2.8 billion leaving a 10 percent operating profit of £375 million. The company credit some of the increase to the growth of its connected home services such as Now TV and other on demand services which have increased Sky’s revenue in UK and Ireland.
BeON Home, creator of the first Bluetooth Smart-based home protection system has announced that its smart modules and LED light bulbs are now available for order and beginning to ship to homes across North America. The BeON home protection system takes a new approach to home security and safety that uses smart modules, hidden inside LED light bulbs, which provide safety lighting in emergency and power outage situations and proactive home security by making it look like you're home, even when you're not.
Lynx Technology, the new name for PacketVideo in North American and Europe has release Twonky 8.2, with IPv6, DIAL, audiobook support and cloud-based capabilities. Lynx said the new features added to Twonky 8.2 were in direct response to changing consumer preferences regarding media consumption in the connected home.
When buying your home router have you ever stop to ask what some of the abbreviations mean? One of these is DOCSIS (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification), which is the technology standard that helps to determine your broadband speed. As cable operators delay the role out of FTTH (Fibre To The Home) and try to get more speed out of copper wire, you will need a gateway router that support these latest standard to take advantage of the speed improvements.
Security devices and solutions are expected to more than double over the next six years are according to study by WinterGreen Research. The continuation of 2014 trends, combined with low market awareness of the value of home automation, will force many connected home vendors to pivot and offer more than simple apps for device monitoring and control.
In order to improve care providers patients relationship management Philips is expanding its HealthSuite platform in partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS). The new AWS IoT platform will make it easy for devices to connect to AWS services, which will expand the connectivity, capabilities and services of Philips' HealthSuite digital platform.
Winter is just around the corner and you might be thinking of replacing your wood stove, which you have had for years. Quadra-Fire has launched a new series of wood stoves that comes with a “programmable thermostat”, yes, you heard me correctly; a wood stove you can programme to manage the temperature of your living room. The new Adventure Series wood stove collection makes heating controllable, more cost efficient, and simple to operate as a typical wall thermostat control.
Femtocell and Small Cell is touted as an ideal solution for cutting mobile costs and boosting indoor network coverage. For mobile devices, it promises to offers faster data connections and fewer dropped calls, and improved mobile voice quality. Despites their benefits these devices have show slow take up from residential and small businesses. However, according to a report titled “Small Cells and Femtocells Market Shares, Strategy, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2013 to 2019”, this is about the change.
Over the next ten years connected LED lighting has to potential to be the most promising vertical market segment in IoT (Internet of Things) market, this is according to research firm Berg Insight. According to Berg Insight, “The global shift from inefficient traditional light bulbs to energy saving LED technology is creating a massive window of opportunity for adding connectivity to the next generation of lighting systems”.
Some of us have not changed our home gateway router from the day we had our broadband installed, and that might be many moons ago. If you are one of those persons, maybe it’s time to consider upgrading gateway router. You might ask why you should if it’s working fine? Which is a perfectly and valid question and I can think of two reasons why you should: Better security and better speed. My plan is to make it easy for you because I have done the search, the check and the test of some of the latest and best routers so that it will help you to make an informed decision when you go to buy your router.