iSocket Systems announces today that it has been named Q3 winner of the Thread Group’s Innovation Enabler Program 2015 – a quarterly initiative that provides early-stage companies with creative potential the opportunity to play a role in defining the connected home. The new project of the company – CECO HOME – was presented to Thread Group as the new ecosystem for cellular connected homes.
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Industry experts have predicted that by 2020 there will be greater than a one trillion dollar market for IoT and IoT enabled services. According to Gartner there will be nearly 26 billion devices on the Internet of Things by 2020. Gartner had positioned IoT in the peak in the Gartner Hype Cycle (2014).
Currently one of the primary challenges of Home Automation and the bigger umbrella of IoT, is lack of standardization in networking protocol as well as technology stack.
Google known for their innovation in search, mobile and web technologies wanted to disrupt the silo that existed in home automation space. They proposed an open and standard set of protocols for home automation called Thread. Thread is an IP based wireless networking protocol designed for low-power connected products in home automation space. Thread would allow all the devices in your home to communicate with one another without any hassle. Thread is designed for all home automation products including appliances, access control, climate control, energy management, lighting and safety.
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Connected Lighting, Dimmable Light Switch, Contact Sensor and Smart Gateway Reference Designs Feature ZigBee Golden Unit HA 1.2 Stack
IHS forecasts that connected home device shipments will grow from 59 million units in 2015 to 193 million units in 2018, a compounded annual growth rate of more than 48 percent. Silicon Labs created cost-effective reference designs to significantly reduce the complexity of connecting ZigBee devices, such as lights, dimmer switches and door/window contact sensors, in a connected home network.
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Many smart home devices are designed to remotely control various aspects of living areas, with an added benefit of energy savings. One of the latest home automation products achieves those savings in a way that, so far, has been largely overlooked. Designed with mobile connectivity in mind and powered by solar panels, Axis Gear motorizes and automates home window shades, blinds, or curtains.
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The Thread Group, which develops the Thread mesh networking protocol for connected homes, launched its certification, and more than 30 products have already been submitted for testing. The Thread specification version 1.0 was released earlier this summer.
Now that the full specification was released and the Thread Group is starting to certify devices for the protocol, we should start seeing Thread-enabled devices in the market in a matter of months. Certified software stacks from ARM, Freescale and Silicon Labs should already be available this month.
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The Linux-dominated home automation business is still a fragmented free-for-all, but its also beginning to consolidate, with far fewer startups in 2015 compared to recent years.This month we saw several major product announcements from established players related to Linux. First, Googles Nest Labs announced the first device partners for its Weave home automation protocol using the Thread networking standard. Now Samsung, which began shipping its first Linux-based SmartThings hub last month, released a $249 sensor kit built around the hub. Meanwhile, in the larger Internet of Things world that includes industrial, as well as home automation, the Linux Foundations AllSeen Alliance announced a new certification program and security stack. In addition, Amazon unveiled an AWS IoT cloud platform available with starter kits based on Linux hacker boards (see below).
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Prodea Systems announced today from the Internet of Things World Conference in Berlin that it has added new functionality to the innovative ROS® Platform: Thread Protocol and Voice Control.
Prodea Systems’ latest innovation leads the residential Internet of Things (IoT) market, showcasing how their carrier-grade, multi-service platform enables rapid innovation and time to market benefits for global customers seeking advantages of new technologies such as Thread and Voice Control.
By working closely with selected industry leaders, Prodea is simplifying Connected Home setup and reducing operational complexity while bringing the best new devices to the home control mass market. Leveraging the extensible ROS® Platform, the newly added Thread 1.0 and Voice Control technologies are readily deployed to end-users on their favorite devices, extending seamless interconnectivity and user-friendly experiences throughout the entire home.
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Google-owned Nest has made two important announcements that will further its mission to owning the smart home. First, Nest is sharing its proprietary, mesh-enabled Weave home automation protocol that allows devices to intercommunicate locally without the Internet. Second, Nest is finally opening up the API for its IP camera.
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Google really wants to be the hub in your home.
The search giant, which just wrapped up last weeks Alphabet headline hoopla, unveiled the $199 OnHub Wi-Fi router it has created with TP-LINK and will sell through retailers.
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