Poly-Control has taken advantage of the new features in the Z-Wave Plus certification program in a new range of smart clocks for the connected home market. The next generation of smart lock are due out in spring this year and will offer Z-Wave Plus' richer feature sets such as 250 percent higher data rate.
Depending on the smart appliance you buy you are also making a decision on what communication protocol you want to use. With the growth in the Internet of Things (IoT) it is even more important because we want all of the devices in our homes to be able to communicate with each other securely. This is on the backdrop that there are many protocols for the home at the moment. To add to the complexity or to simplify things a new protocol 'Thread' has been introduced.
Novabase and Entropic have created a new home gateway, which they said is unlike any other device on the market today. They have collaborated to develop a SAT-IP gateway with home automation features. The solution is part of an industry initiative to allow satellite broadcasting to IP base devices.
Other SAT-IP solution are available; however the new home gateway according to Novabase and Entropic, is the industry's first to integrate home automation, SAT-IP in a power plug form factor.
Orange France has collaborated with a number of smart home solutions providers to create a home automation service for its French customers. The solution is base on the Z-Wave protocol with hardware provided by Vera and Fibaro. Like other entry level home automation kit the basics package offers safety and home security, with the option to add other functions.
With just a nine days to go Nucano is hoping to raise $95,000 on KickStarter for their connected home concept appliance, a Smart Door Chime. Dubbed “The world’s first smart door chime” the appliance is pack full of features such as the ability to download your own chime turn, as you would your mobile ringtone. The smart doorbell also acts as a home intelligence hub, by allowing you to connect and control other compatible appliances in your home, said Nucano.
Schlage connected locks can now connect with Alarm.com connected home system. The integration of both solutions increases the flexibility and convenience of managing customers’ home security. Schlage is offering the BE469 Touchscreen Deadbolt, which can connect to a Z-Wave wireless network can be access and monitor form anywhere. With up to 30 user codes everyone can have their own.
iControl is now offering the Netgear STS7000, a Google Android based tablet that can manage their “iControl Connect” solutions. It is ZigBee and Z-Wave compatible, therefore you can access and control your home automation systems such as security, energy management and lighting, through it touchscreen interface.
Protect America has announced that they are now stoking Yale Real Living door locks. As a added incentive customers can integrate the Yale locks with Protect’s wireless security systems. The locks offer a number of options to secure you home: there is the traditional key or you can use a passcode to lock and unlock your doors.
German manufacturer tapHome has release a new home automation app for apple iOS devices based on Z-wave wireless technology. The app is free however, its part of a home automation kit, which features the tapHome’s EASYGate base controller, EASYPlug and the EASYPlugDim dimmer. The whole package can be configured to be hub of your home automation with the convenience of being controllable via your smartphone.
Honeywell has expanded their connected home portfolio with the introduction of two new security and home automation products: LYNX Touch 5100 and Tuxedo Touch Wi-Fi. Both products were develop for busy parents who cannot be in two places at the same time. With the new solution, parents can control home appliances from their Smartphone, Laptop, Tablet or other web-enabled devices.