It was never meant to be a competition in the way it has turned out, but there is a battle brewing between the two leading smart device operating systems (OS), Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. Whether by design or co-incidence, Apple devices now play a major role in facilitating home automation; I would go as far as saying apple has now added home automation to its already established cool computing and entertainment solutions. Following very closely behind Apple’s iOS is Google’s Android platform as a possible option.
A quick glance at the new Belkin WeMo automated switch you might be tempted to think its the same technology in a new package. To a certain extent, it is but looking at the whole package you will come to love the enhancements on the old functions. Its ability to be controlled from a smart device is an added bonus and a big step away from the manual presetting you have to do on other plugs.
Technological innovation, partnering and customer engagement are all key themes which are explored at the third Smart Homes conference and exhibition taking place in Amsterdam from 9-11 October this year. The event forms part of the largest European utilities event which will gather more than 6500 energy professionals.
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.
ZigBee this month is celebrating passing the landmark of having over 500 ZigBee Certified products on the market. Within a short of period of one year, ZigBee have seen a 60 percent increase in certified products. ZigBee certification covers all areas of the connected home ecosystem, to ensure that different manufacturers’ solution interoperate with each other.
Since we started buying electronic appliances for our home, we have been thinking of ways to get our appliances connected and talking to each other. Even though the technology was there, it was very complicated, thus only ardent enthusiasts were able to achieve this feat. Fast-forward five years and home automation has come a long way to what has evolved into the “connected home”.
E-LIFE a UK based home automation installer was selected to provide connected Home entertainment solution for a new luxury development in London, UK. The four-property development will offer buyers to option to bespoke their in-home entertainment solution, from a price tag of £1 Million. To get all the appliances networked and manage, E-LIFE has selected Control4 multi-room entertainment solution.
Pulse Technologies today launched a new smart thermostat reference design for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. The platform offers a fast track development path for manubactures looking for an extensive array of advanced features to optimization their air conditioning and heating products. The new reference design includes all of the hardware, firmware, software, and cloud services needed to create end-to-end connected HVAC solutions for residential homes.
After launching the “AT&T Digital Life” for service provider in February they have now announced trials of the product for this summer. The AT&T Digital Life services will give users control and security of their homes and appliances using any web-enabled device, PCs, tablets and smartphones, regardless of wireless carrier.
Vivint is offering a free home automation App to its customers with iPad. Customers can download the App from the Vivint to take advantage of the iPad’s large screen to manage their home automation system. In addition to offering remote access for home automation features, customers can customize notifications from the app to receive notices via email and regular texts or push notifications, regarding security and other events in their home.