In the future our home will be accessible electronically from anywhere; provided there is internet connection. To go a bit further the model for future home electrical devices and components is they should be communicable, even the light bulb we use. The idea behind the” internet of things” is that every one of these components and devices will have an IP address or addressable, thus the demand for IPv6. This intercommunication is not a question of if because these technologies are already available.
The UK’s technology trade association Intellect has published a report in which it predicts the UK’s connected home market could worth £3bn a year within the next five years. The report entitled “Connected Home – a Reality” looks at elements of the connected home and offers guidance on making it a reality for everyone.
The Portuguese are building a city that has never been see or built before, except in the minds of the designers. A place where the environment feeds off us and wee feed off it. Through the use of the Urban Operating System (UOStm) the physical structure will be fitted with embedded sensor technology that allows it to manage it resources based on feeds it gets from us and the other systems, such as other machines and the atmosphere.
For a while Google and Microsoft were encouraging utilities and consumer to get connected through their solutions to learn more about their energy use. Google launched the Google PowerMeter through it iGoogle platform, Microsoft launched Microsoft Hohm and Cisco launched the Home Energy Controller gadgets and software. They all promised information at our finger tips so we can make more informed decisions on how we use our home energy.
Lorex Technology has announced the latest innovation in their line of plug & play home video monitoring solutions. The Lorex Live Connect (LW2031) is the first in its series that features an easy-to-use portable home monitor with remote viewing over the Internet using Skype. Live Connect is the first of its kind to carry the Plugged Into Skype designation.
Like the Cloud Engines PogoPlug Mobile; LaCie has launched a new device that lets you share your USB storage device. The LaPlug allows you to access your storage device on your home network (wired or via Wi-Fi) or remotely through an Internet connection. LaPlug connects to your home network via its Ethernet port and is then accessible, wirelessly; it supports Wi-Fi b/g/n access points. LaPlug can stream multimedia content and back up multiple computers to one central location. Or connect a USB printer to the LaPlug and make it wirelessly available to all computers on the network.
A Home Run - Berlin, Birmingham and Beijing are no different to Boston or Bangkok: citizens everywhere are spending more and more time connected and are excited about 4G networks, machine-to-machine technology and embedded mobile devices. Amdocs’ market research survey of some 4700 consumers in 14 countries shows that consumers want, and will pay extra for, a “connected home” - a home environment conveniently controlled from residents’ smartphones, tablets, PCs or even connected-TV interfaces.
The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) has been selected by The RVU Alliance as the first independent vendor to handle the certification program for RVU products. According to the Alliance the first RVU client devices are now entering the certification process and should be available in the next few months. The current set of devices will be certified based on the ratified RVU 1.4 specification. Work on the RVU version 2.0 is already started and will include support for advanced graphics, and additional profiles to support mobile client displays.
Digital Home software provider SoftAtHome, is opening a new office in Dubai to support the current deployment of its technology by Etisalat. As their first subsidiary outside of Europe, SoftAtHome said they want to address the needs of other operators in the region. The SoftAtHome range of digital home software helps operators and 3rd party developers to create innovative and convergent applications for the Digital Home.
I have read mix opinions on the recent acquisition of Skype by Microsoft, for about $8.5 billion. Some thinks it’s a waist of money and believe it could be better spent on some of Microsoft own systems and strategies. Others said why buy Skype when they [Microsoft] already have a Lync, their own unified communication platform. From a connected home point of view, I personally think a lot can come out of this acquisition and marriage of technologies based on the direction I see the market going.