iControl is celebrating the reception of another Patent and another one in the pipeline, thus taking their overall world wide total to 24 home technology patents. The company said today that they have received US Patent Number 6,624,750, "Wireless Home Fire and Security Alarm System", a solution that will help them develop products that will better protect customer who use Z-Wave and ZigBee wireless solutions.
Deutsche Telekom recently announced that they are partnering with DSP Group, a wireless chipset manufacture, to trial the use of ULE (Ultra Low Energy) technology in Deutsche Telekom’s Speedport Home Gateway. ULE is seen by many as an important part to next-generation home networking and a preferred solution to offering connected home services.
More and more services are moving online, which before would come to us physically or we would go where it is. This increase in digital services has put a lot of pressure on broadband service providers to offer better internet speed to download and upload data. It does not matter where we live we want the same quality of service. The challenge some of these service providers face is it is not feasible possible to have the same quality service in every area they serve. This is where VDSL and LTE come in useful, both increasing internet speed for wired and wireless internet users.
Danish energy management company NorthQ today launches the world’s first battery-powered Wi-Fi Power & Gas Reader. According to NorthQ, Wi-Fi Power & Gas Reader is easily installed on existing home’s mechanical and electronic power or gas meters. It allows you to get some of the benefits of having a smart meter, such as allowing data collected to be transferred and viewed on the NorthQ Portal every 15 minutes.
Savant is offering home owners more flexibility in managing our lighting, with the introduction of its Wi-Fi smart lighting control system. SmartLighting can be used as both a standalone lighting control platform or as part of a complete Savant automation system. Each Wi-Fi keypad has its own dimmer that let you manage it individually from your phone app or as part of a larger Savant home control system.
Installing new IT gadgets at home can be a complicated issue and especially WiFi devices, they sometimes add to the frustration of networking the devices at home. Despite the grief and frustration we experience, WiFi is still popular just because it offers the flexibility and convenience to access the internet from anywhere in homes rather than stuck in place. According to Strategy Analytics, “A Quarter of Households Worldwide Now Have Wireless Home Networks”, the developed world has over 50 per cent concentration.
Zigbee Alliance and the ECHONET consortium have recently announced plans to develop a certification program for products based on ECHONET standards. This will be based on ECHONET Lite products using the ZigBee IP wireless mesh networking communications protocol. Now designers and implementers will have the peace of mind knowing that products that are certified meet the required standards to interoperate seamlessly.
As the saying goes one hat does not fit everyone and the same applies to home networking. Our home today will have a mixture of devices that use different method of communicating; that is because we buy devices base on the service it provides rather than its method of networking. Therefore, you will see that the devices we have may use Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Homeplug, MoCA or a combination of some. Thus, the introduction of nVoy, a solution based on the IEEE 1905.1 standard.
Edimax Technology today announced the AC450 Wireless 5G Nano USB Adapter, its the world's smallest 802.11ac USB 3.0 adapter. The tiny product makes the switch to 802.11ac painless and efficient and boosts your device's Wi-Fi capability to handle heavy traffic, and ideal solution for next-generation home entertainment. The adapter is an ideal travel companion to stay connected to high-performance networks whenever and wherever.
TiO, a subsidiary of Automated Control Technology Partners (ACTP), said they will start shipping their new range of home automation and multi-room audio products this August. The suite of Android based solutions features Wi-Fi based music streaming, multi-zone audio, wireless lighting and climate control; all controlled by their own TiO touchscreens controllers or Android tablets.