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.
Home automation company MyLiveGuard, has extends its home automation and security solution to include Android base devices. Now, owners of these devices such as Android televisions can include them in the list of manage devices. With an Android TV device and MyLiveGuard a homeowner is able to use a smartphone to remotely view the activities in his/her home from anywhere in the world, provided there is an internet connection.
At first, we thought it would be Microsoft HomeOS that would be the system to bring it all together in the connected home, then early this year our attention turned to Alljoyn as that solution. Now, this week Prodea, an eight-year-old electronics company up until recently only a few us had heard about has become the third option.
The collaboration between DSP Group, Rockethome and Prosyst has delivered another home automation solution for service providers. DSP said they have integrated Prosyst’s mBS OSGi (Open Service Gateway initiative), Rockethome’s smart home plug and play solution with their DECT and ULE chipset into one end-to-end home automation and security platform. The solution will provide a cloud and OSGi Internet of Things (IoT) architecture that allows service providers to enhance their service offering.
With $900k in seed funding and not comfortable with just providing baby monitoring solutions, Evoz has set its sights on the bigger connected home market. Today the company announced plans to expand in this space through partnership with hardware manufacturers such as Belkin and telecom provider British Telecom (BT). Evoz said, the uniqueness of their platform mean they can offer smarter connected solutions.
The new remote control reference design platform is base on the ZigBee RF4CE standard. The solution offers a rich remote control experience that includes voice search and gesture recognition, internet-based multimedia search and discovery capabilities, support for the latest in cloud gaming and more.
The remote platform joins other Marvell smart home, set-top box and smart TV solutions such as their award-winning ARMADA 1500 series SoC (System-on-Chip).
Ninja Block is a Kick Starter funded home automation start-up that makes DIY home automation a little bit easier. The solution is a free software platform that allows home automation enthusiasts to develop solutions that allow them to manage home connected devices from the web and mobiles. With it, you can create rules to manage you lighting, security and response to the home environment.
Ford has collaborated with Habu music app, ADT, Domino’s Pizza, Parkmobile and Parkopedia to offer more solutions to their in-vehicle mobile app platform SYNC AppLink. Drivers will be able to use the voice activated and touch screen solution to request service and manage other connected appliances.
iControl is celebrating the reception of another Patent and another one in the pipeline, thus taking their overall world wide total to 24 home technology patents. The company said today that they have received US Patent Number 6,624,750, "Wireless Home Fire and Security Alarm System", a solution that will help them develop products that will better protect customer who use Z-Wave and ZigBee wireless solutions.
With a market value over US$9 billion, the Asia Pacific (APAC) region is ripe for smart home solutions and services. This is according to a new study by MarketsandMarkets; which estimated the region’s smart home market to grow at a Compund Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 16.73 per cent over the next seven years. The global market is estimated worth over US$51 billion and a CAGR of 17.74 per cent.