At last month’s DistribuTECH in Florida NEC Electronics America demonstrated a range of smart home products and solutions through the use of a prototype smart home. The Technologies developed to Zigbee standards include LED lighting, smart thermostats, user control-panel and smart meters. NEC demonstrated that with these systems we can take an active approach to energy management and unlike before it is easier with its display and microcontroller (MCU) solutions.
Within the last three or more years the idea of living a digital life style or having a connected home has come closer to being a reality than it has for the last ten. With organizations such as DLNA and UPnP working to establish standards the industry has come leaps and bounds. As things are at the moment the solutions are there for us to access our home from anywhere and at anytime. There is a huge push in technology development that is accelerating the implementation of the digital home areas that I see are: media streaming, home automation, embedded technology (android, system-on-chip), connectivity and always on internet.
HAI, a manufacturer of integrated home automation and security products is celebrating 25 years in the home automation industry with the release of the Snap-Link mobile application for iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone. With the Snap-Link mobile homeowners can now control their entire HAI home from an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
Home Control is now a must have among home automation enthusiast, but there are home control and home control. The Philips Pronto home control set itself apart from many others. The gap was widen with the release of two wand style control panel (TSU9300 and TSU9400) and the tablet style panels (TSU9600 and TSU9800).
The new Wiser connected home control solution will allow household to interlink multimedia, television and electric into one user friendly solution. Wiser allows you connect your home security, audiovisual, irrigation system, air conditioning, lighting control, motorized blinds and much man will be integrated into one solution that can be access from a user panel within the home and from anywhere via a 3G enabled devices.
SimpleHomeNet, a provider of home and building automation solutions and a division of Compacta International announced that its ZBLC30 and ZBCID products were awarded the ZigBee PRO HA certification. The ZBLC30 is a versatile Dual-relay Load Controller capable of making high current appliances smarter buy allowing you to control and monitor your ZigBee PRO network from network gateways and PCs.
AlertMe, the award-winning home energy management service, announced the launch of AlertMe Energy, giving consumers the ability to monitor their home energy usage online and act on that information to reduce their bills and carbon footprint. AlertMe Energy includes easy-to-install hardware and an online service that can be accessed from any Web browser. It is also tightly integrated with Google PowerMeter, making it easy to track energy consumption live from an iGoogle home page.
FREEVOLVE, the designer and manufacturer of housEvolve, the first remote home access system, is very happy to announce they are partnering with Smarthome to expand distribution of their product line. Smarthome, a division of SmartLabs, Inc., was founded in 1992 and specializes in the distribution of home automation products. With more than 5,000 products available, Smarthome’s sales channels include Smarthome.com, their award-winning direct mail catalog and their brick and mortar retail store located in Irvine, CA.
Intamac Systems, a specialist in Connected Home services through the web and mobile devices, announced that they have secured a £1million funding to support the development of a range of Zigbee controlled consumer devices. The new Zigbee devices will be part of the companies Smart Grid power management services and will be managed through Intamac's award-winning web-based Home Manager™ service.