Semtech releases new LoRa smart home device for IoT applications

Semtech LLCC68

Semtech Corporation, a provider of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products and advanced algorithms, announces the launch of the new LoRa Smart Home Devices (LLCC68d) extends LoRa’s market applications from industry-class low-power wide area networks (LPWANs) to smart home, community and consumer applications. The transceiver provides low power and extensive coverage for Internet of Things (IoT) devices in indoor and adjacent areas to connect sensors and actuators for security, environmental monitoring and convenience applications. “With its simple and flexible network architecture, Semtech’s LoRa devices offer consumers a unique opportunity to accelerate…

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Voice assistants used to control smart homes to grow by 769%

Voice assistants

New data from Juniper Research found that the number of voice assistants used to access smart home devices will reach 555 million by 2024; up from 105 million in 2019. By 2024, Juniper Research expects more than 90% of voice assistants to be used to control smart home devices; driven by increased participation from Chinese manufacturers. The new research, Smart Homes: Strategic Opportunities, Business Models & Competitive Landscape 2019-2024, found that voice assistants are an increasingly crucial element in the smart home; providing interoperability platforms that enable seamless control of…

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China, India, Japan and South Korea set to surpass 1bn installed smart electricity meters in 2025

smart electricity meters

According to new a research report from the IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the installed base of smart electricity meters in the Asian markets China, India, Japan and South Korea will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.9% from 613.4 million in 2018 to reach 965.9 million in 2024. Over the next six years, smart meter penetration among electricity customers in the region is projected to increase from around 67% in 2018 to 94% by the end of 2024. At this pace, Berg Insight anticipates the markets will…

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Berg Insight says 18mn North Americans used connected care solutions in 2018

Berg Insight connected care solutions

A new report from the IoT analyst firm Berg Insight has found that around 18.0 million people in North America were using connected care solutions at the end of 2018.The figure refers to users of medical alert systems, connected medication management solutions and remote patient monitoring (RPM) solutions in Canada and the US. RPM is the largest and most mature segment having a total of 16.1 million users at the end of 2018. The market for medical alert systems is considerably smaller with an estimated total of 3.1 million users,…

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Smart home automation revenues to exceed $57mn by 2024

Smart home automation

New data analysed by Juniper Research indicates that automation revenues will exceed US$57 million (€50 million) by 2024. This is up from $18 million (€16 million) in 2019, and is driven by smart security solutions. Juniper’s new research, Smart Homes: Strategic Opportunities, Business Models & Competitive Landscape 2019-2024, found the ‘Do It For Me’ model, with vendors offering advice, installation, maintenance and cloud storage on monthly/yearly subscriptions, is gaining ground. More players, such as Hive, Vivint Smart Home and TP-Link, now offer subscription packages, which broaden the value proposition with…

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Wearable Artificial Intelligence market to exceed 30% growth by 2025, hitting US$180bn

Wearable Artificial Intelligence market

According to a new research report by the market research and strategy consulting firm, Global Market Insights, Inc, the Wearable Artificial Intelligence (AI) Market will reach US$180 billion (€160 billion) by 2025. The explosive growth of smartwatches has been the primary factor propelling the wearable AI market. Continuous improvements in their design and functionality along with availability at lower prices has increased adoption among consumers. Specifically, says the analysts, the introduction of an LTE connectivity feature in smartwatches has provided customers with an alternative to bulky smartphones. Moreover, the convenience…

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Wondrwall makes smart homes autonomous with sensor arrays

Wondrwall

Connected-home technology company Wondrwall has launched what it claims is the world’s first truly smart home-automation system, with the aim of converting “standard homes into intelligent homes” – houses that can make decisions for themselves. The concept is based on replacing standard light switches with new switches that contain 13 different sensors. These monitor temperature, humidity, power, motion, luminosity, and sound. In this way, a typical three-bedroom house could contain a network of more than 100 such sensors, according to the company. The Wondrwall system uses the data from these…

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Notion: HomeAdvisor integrate smart home technology

HomeAdvisor

Notion, the complete home awareness solution powered by a multi-purpose IoT smart home sensor, today announced a first-of-its-kind integration with HomeAdvisor, the Colorado-based marketplace connecting homeowners to prescreened professionals for home projects. The integration with HomeAdvisor, called Plumber Matching, marks Notion’s first partnership with a service provider to enable homeowners to immediately contact a local and available plumber when a water leak is detected. Notion’s low-cost and easy-to-install home monitoring system gives homeowners the flexibility to monitor and receive real-time alerts on things happening across their entire home—from motion and…

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Multiple flaws found in Wink and Insteon smart home systems

Security researchers have found a number of vulnerabilities in two popular smart home systems. The flaw could lead to hackers gaining control of such systems. According to researchers at IT security company Rapid7, both Wink’s Hub 2 and Insteon’s Hub devices leave sensitive credentials insecure on their associated Android apps. Both devices are designed to connect various home IoT products and manage home automation. Additionally, they claim, Wink’s cloud-based management API does not properly expire and revoke authentication tokens, and the Insteon Hub uses an unencrypted radio transmission protocol for…

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Anticipating the Smart World of 2027: A Billion Cameras and AI, Oh My…

Nvidia went to China last week and made a series of interesting announcements having to do with smart cities and autonomous cars. (The video is worth watching.) IBM made an announcement on advancements in tying the Weather Channel to its Watson artificial intelligence engine and targeted marketing. We also found out about Oculus’ Fall in Love VR project which is kind of like The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, but the significant other is a hot computerized avatar. Intel announced Loihi, a new AI processor that emulates the human brain. All…

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Circadia is here to save sleep tech

We talk to the London startup that wants to actually improve your sleep. “The first generation of over-simplistic sleep tracking is over. It’s done, it’s gone, it’s dusted.” So says Circadia founder and CEO Fares Siddiqui who I met at London’s Makerversity campus to talk about why Fitbit, Johnson & Johnson and mattress startup Casper are interested in what his small team of designers and engineers thinks comes next. He points out that the ‘sleep aid’ industry, which includes everything from pillows to drugs to devices, is set to be…

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IoT Development with Windows 10 IoT Core 2: Enabling the Cloud and Security

With Windows 10 IoT Core, you can incorporate the power of Windows into your Internet of Things (IoT) devices. This course is the second in a series of two courses by Michael Lehman; both courses are designed to help you get up and running with Windows 10 IoT. Here, Michael shows how to build a full IoT device based on a Raspberry Pi 3, including effectors, sensors, and cloud connectivity to Windows Azure. https://www.linkedin.com/learning/iot-development-with-windows-10-iot-core-2-enabling-the-cloud-and-security/using-the-exercise-files?autoplay=true    

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Here’s how Home Alone’s Kevin McCallister would booby trap his home in 2017

When Home Alone debuted more than 25 years ago, poor Kevin McCallister, left behind by his family, was forced to use regular household objects like glue, paint cans, wire and blow torches to protect his house (and himself) from would-be robbers. Kevin made do with his supplies, successfully booby trapping the house, but we can’t help thinking his job would have been a lot easier if he had today’s smart home technology on his side. Here’s how we imagine Kevin would booby trap his house in 2017 with the help…

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Google Assistant could cook your dinner, wash your clothes

In addition to getting its own iPhone app, the Google Assistant voice technology could soon command GE appliances, and Google AI will help assemble photo books. So what do preheating your range and assembling a physical photobook of family memories have in common? If you answered “machine learning artificial intelligence powered by Google voice recognition solutions,” you’re right. Google Assistant, the company’s voice technology featured in devices like Google Home, will soon work with GE appliances like ovens, dishwashers, refrigerators, washers and dryers. “Users will be able to ask the…

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Open Data may place governments at the centre of innovation

By 2019, smart cities projects and initiatives based on voluntary personal data sharing will benefit half of those living in large cities. Says the Gartner technology consultant, who points out an opportunity for governments to position themselves at the “society technological innovation centre.” The key to this is knowing how to take advantage of Open Data strategies. Thanks to the devices proliferation and Internet of Things growth, Gartner predicts that by the end of this decade, 20% of all local power organizations will be able to generate revenue with solutions…

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