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.
Customers of the Vivint home automation solution can now install more secondary panel (up to four). Vivint said they have release the panels so that customer can have increased access to their system’s functions through these secondary panels. The touch-screen panels can be placed strategically throughout the home, giving customers additional points of access.
Comcast has launched a home monitoring and automation service for its Vermont customers. Called the “Xfinity Home”, the service offers a range of security and energy management solutions, such as the ability to manage your thermostats remotely. In addition to asking your neighbour to keep an eye on your home while you are away, you can keep an eye on it as well. Xfinity Home offers live video stream from your in home wireless cameras.
Carlo Gavazzi has launched an energy efficient Smart-house Dimmer for the style and energy conscious households. According to the company, the SH2 dimmer delivers improved dimming performance and features programmable ramp and soft start/stop times. Based on the Dupline Installation bus the SH2 dimmer is ideal light management solution for the automated home.
Verizon has solidified its commitment in the home automation and monitoring market by joining the Z-Wave Alliance. They will now play a bigger role in promoting the Z-Wave technology and have a direct say in its direction. Verizon has also indicated their interest in making their set-top box solution wireless; therefore, joining the Z-Wave Alliance is one step in that direction.