Microsoft last month announced the general availability of Azure Sphere, an end-to-end connected home solution. Azure sphere, according to Microsoft is an integrated security solution for IoT (Internet of Things) devices and equipment. A solution that will form the based for the development and deployment of secure connected devices. The idea is, if connected home devices and services are developed on a secure and base and supported by an active platform then the increasing risks to connected home and its occupants.
According to Cisco, there will be 29.3 billion networked devices on the internet by 2023 of this amount Machine-To-Machine (M2M) connections will be 14.7 billion, that’s 50 percent share. Families having their baby monitors hacked is a constant news item. We need solutions that can make the connected home a more secure environment. Then after hearing about Microsoft’s recent general availability of Azure Sphere and knowing that we already have TR-069; I am thinking why not use the best of both to fix this problem.
Zebronics has launched new security camera for the Indian home automation market. The device offers pan, tilt and digital zoom (PTZ) capabilities, with three connectivity options LAN, Wi-Fi and Hotspot. According to Zebronics, the camera can be wall-mounted or used on a table-top and has a microSD card slot that supports up to 512GB. It (ZEB-HA2NW10M-PT-HMBW) has motion sensor to trigger alerts should it sense movement. Using your phone, you can access the camera to further investigate.
The connected home and its services don’t sometimes hold the headline in regular newspapers for the good things it is doing for many individuals and homes. Some stories you will read will let you believe that is a fad and will remain relevant but only for geeks who understand it. However, after reading the Cisco annual internet report you will get a totally different picture on how this technology and its use is growing in popularity for all. Cisco is one of the biggest network service providers in the world and most of the internet’s traffic goes through their devices at some point to reach its destination.
Microsoft released a blog note on how Cortana services will change in the next service update. From what I understand the updates are more geared toward supporting the Office 365 platform as it relates to personal productivity. A number of experiences that we have become used to from Cortana are going. The official word is some connected home skills will no longer be available in this updated Cortana experience.
Somfy has launch a new range of connected shades and curtains solutions based on Zigbee 3.0. This new range includes the TaHoma gateway hub with embedded Radio Technology Somfy (RTS) motors and Zigbee 3.0 radio connectivity, a corresponding local controller, an automation app and a full set of motors for shades and curtains.
LG Uplus, a subsidiary of LG announced that Korea based Ushin General Construction has selected LG Uplus’s IoT @home platform for the Class Apartments in Geumwang Wooshin, South Korea. The LG Uplus apps will be integrated in different services within the home, allowing residents to use connected home appliances such as heating and cooling, lighting and gas control, unmanned delivery services, energy usage checks and parking controls.
Microsoft has one, Intel has one, and now Samsung has built theirs. These companies are all building their own show home demonstrating the possibilities of IoT within the connected home. However, Samsung is going a bit further. Through its construction division Samsung C&T, they want to start building these connected homes for customers. In its home country of South Korea, Munjeong-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul; Samsung C&T has set up the “Raemian IoT HomeLab” to demonstrate the latest in IoT solution within the home.
PulteGroup and Georgia Power are collaborating with a number of technology partners to create Atlanta's first "Smart Neighborhood". Located in Atlanta's Upper West Side at the intersection of Marietta Boulevard and Bolton Drive the housing development will feature the latest connected home technologies.
As one of the big names in car manufacturing Toyota has pledged to boost the autonomous vehicle industry. In partnership with TMC, Aisin Seiki, Denso Corporation they will invest of up to 2.8 billion (USD) to develop self-driving vehicle technology. The partnership has formed the Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development (TRI-AD). While they're still working out the finer details their joint venture, one clear objective is to develop "fully-integrated, production-quality software for automated driving."