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.
Nest Labs Inc, the maker of smart thermostats that Google Inc acquired for $3.2 billion, called a halt to all sales of its smoke alarms on Thursday after it discovered a possible defect that could cause users to turn it off unintentionally.
Nest co-founder and Chief Executive Tony Faddell said that, under a unique set of circumstances the alarm's "Nest Wave" feature, which allows a user to switch off the device with a wave of the hand, could be inadvertently activated.
M2M specialist Essence says it has closed seven new deals in Europe, the Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Israel over the past three months for its smart living and smart care offerings.
According to the company, three of those deals came with major players that have already been able to grow spending per device thanks to the use of Essence (Herzliya, Israel) technology.
Platform integration across various industries is set to hasten the arrival of smart-home technology in the Asia Pacific, according to new research from Frost & Sullivan.
The market-research company says that a number of major appliance manufacturers are now investing heavily in R&D to reduce energy consumption, and that continuous innovations in high energy-consuming home appliances will propel the smart-home industry forwards.
The number of wireless smart home monitoring devices is set to reach more than half a billion globally by 2018, according to a new study from ABI Research, up from just 17.23 million in 2013.
Those devices include contact and motion sensors, smart thermostats and smart plugs, all of which will become increasingly popular as users adopt smart-home technologies and extend existing systems, says the market-research company.
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.