The two conference sessions addressed questions about enterprise applications in the exploding field of M2M, or the Internet of Things. Moderated by Beecham Research CEO Robin Duke-Woolley, the sessions covered topics such as Long Term Connectivity, Small Vs Large Deployments, and Customer Service.
Semiconductor maker Silicon Labs has launched a new system-on-a-chip (SoC) family to meet the needs of more advanced smart energy and home automation products.
The company’s ARM-based EM358X SoC family provides additional flash and RAM memory options, while also offering USB connectivity and a local-storage bootloader aimed at helping developers to reduce bill of material costs and system complexity.
Silicon Labs (Austin, TX, USA) also said the SoC family was ideal as a mesh networking platform for “feature-rich, next-generation ZigBee applications.
Local utility company Glendale Water & Power says it is expanding its smart-meter program with CEIVA Energy to include more than six times as many customers as the initial deployment.
The extension will also provide additional services to customers, including the use of smart thermostats.
Since 2011, Glendale – which serves the Californian city of the same name – has been trialling the use of smart meters on 72 customers, with the aim of improving energy efficiency and customer satisfaction.
Google Inc took its biggest step to go deeper into consumers' homes, announcing a $3.2 billion deal to buy smart thermostat and smoke alarm-maker Nest Labs Inc, scooping up a promising line of products and a prized design team led by the "godfather" of the iPod.
Nest (Palo Alto, CA, USA) will continue to operate as its own distinct brand after the all-cash deal closes, Google (Mountain View, CA, USA) said on Monday.
The deal is the second largest in Google's history after the $12.5 billion acquisition of mobile phone maker Motorola in 2012.
South Korea’s Samsung has unveiled a new smart home service allowing customers to manage a variety of home appliances and devices through a single platform.
The manufacturer says the service will in future be expanded to cover home energy services – as well as secure home access, healthcare and eco home application – through partnerships with third-party service providers in these sectors.
Software player PointGrab has teamed up with integrated circuits specialist Sunplus Innovation Technology on a new gesture control solution aimed at the global home appliances market.
The service will allow customers to control a range of home appliances simply by pointing at them, says PointGrab (Hod Hasharon, Israel), and is aimed at making home appliances easier to operate and consume less energy.
The home automation sector is set for substantial growth over the next few years thanks largely to its potential to reduce energy usage, according to a new study from Machina Research.
According to the International Energy Agency, buildings currently account for about one third of global energy use and one sixth of carbon emissions, making energy efficiency a priority for many commercial building owners and facility managers.
Machina Research says home owners are similarly looking to reduce their energy consumption in the face of rising costs.
Engineering and electronics player Bosch has set up a new company whose purpose will be to develop new products and services for the M2M market.
The company says the new Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions will initially focus on developing sensor-based applications for intelligently networked homes – so-called ‘smart homes’ – as well as for activities in the fields of traffic, transportation and logistics.
Shipments of home automation devices are set to exceed 351 million by 2018, having grown at a compound annual rate of 78% between now and then, according to a new study from ABI Research.
The market-research company also notes that solutions based on the ZigBee standard are flourishing and likely to outperform proprietary protocol offerings over the forecast period.
“ZigBee is enjoying success in the home automation market because, as an open standard technology, multiple IC vendors are creating ZigBee chipsets,” said Adarsh Krishnan, a senior analyst at ABI Research.
Two security experts said they have figured out how to spy on Verizon Wireless mobile phone customers by hacking into devices the U.S. carrier sells to boost wireless signals indoors.
The finding, which the experts demonstrated to Reuters and will further detail at two hacking conferences this summer, comes at a time of intense global debate about electronic privacy, after top-secret U.S. surveillance programs were leaked by a former National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden, last month.