Control system for smart homes already installed in 11% of Spanish homes with broadband

Today’s connected home is a changing place. The growing  infiltration of high speed broadband is allowing consumers to acquire new habits and new devices with greater interconnection capacities. According to a new study by Parks Associates, 11% of Spanish homes with broadband already have a smart system for controlling homes, ahead of the UK’s  9%,

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Nominees Product Innovation Awards European Utility Week 2014

The 12 nominees from the four categories of the European Utility Week Product Innovation Awards have been made public. After an intense period of sifting through the numerous entries the judges announced the three nominees from each of the four categories.

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Will Germany set the smart home standard?

In the UK, smart homes are mainly the preserve of the wealthy. In Germany however, the standards-based solution QIVICON has brought smart homes within reach of the wider public, and the company is now looking further afield.

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One in nine UK homes to be ‘smart’ by end of the year

London – 16 July 2014 – One in nine (11%) UK households will have at least one smart system by the end of this year, rising to over one in four (27%) households in five years, according to global forecasting firm, Strategy Analytics.

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QIVICON wins innovation prize and gains new partners

Bonn, Germany – International management consultancy Frost & Sullivan has announced smart home platform QIVICON as the winner of its European Visionary Innovation Leadership Award, naming QIVICON as the most innovative solution of its kind in 2014.

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Tech Start-Up Launches Next Generation in Home Automation: The i-Bell Wi-Fi Doorbell

Ever wished you could be in two places at once? A brand new Wi-Fi enabled camera doorbell will launch with a crowdfunding campaign later this month making it possible to do just that. Acting as an interactive peephole for the front door, the i-Bell is a newly released product in the fast growing home automation

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Is M2M a waste of money?

(Blog) — As entrenched veterans in the machine-to-machine communications (M2M) industry, says Larry Bellehumeur, it’s easy to think what we do is absolutely vital and that anyone who doesn’t hop on the M2M bandwagon is crazy.

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British Gas chooses GEO for next generation energy displays

Cambridge, UK – Cambridge-based technology firm, Green Energy Options Ltd (GEO), has announced the award of two contracts with British Gas Trading Ltd for the provision of two customised in-home displays for deployment within British Gas and Scottish Gas.

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M2M can make Jetsons-like homes, but will you pay for them?

(BLOG): July 8, 2013 — I’ve been reading a lot lately about Cisco’s vision of the Internet of Everything (IoE) and how it will change our lives.  There have also been a few articles highlighting how forward-thinking people are already linking everything in their house – from the coffee maker to the toaster to the

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Consumers gravitate toward telephone companies for connected smart home services

London, UK – When it comes to purchasing smart home systems, consumers in major global economies prefer to buy from their familiar telephony providers, according to a new survey conducted by IMS Research, now part of IHS.

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Smart home vision critical to selling benefits of smart meters, according to report by O2

A new report by O2, the commercial brand of Telefónica UK, has revealed that the concept of a smart home, where consumers can remotely manage their home appliances such as lights, heating, oven, TV and more, will be crucial to selling the benefits of smart meters to consumers.

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Focus on Chinese Broadband Home at HGI’s Shenzhen Meeting

Event date: June 18-21, 2013 Shenzhen, China China’s leading service providers set to discuss broadband home services and requirements for Smart Home architecture during open forum on June 18 in Shenzhen

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IBM, STMicroelectronics and Shaspa enhance IoT control of home heating, lighting and security

IBM (NYSE:IBM), STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM) and Shaspa have announced a collaboration to use cloud and mobile computing to enable consumers to manage and interact with their homes’ functions and entertainment systems.

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Satellite-based communications node shipments for smart grids will quadruple by 2020, says Pike Research

Boulder, Colorado, USA (BUSINESS WIRE) — While alternative communications options are generally more practical and cost-effective for home area and neighbourhood area network smart grid applications, sometimes satellite communication is not only viable it may even be the only alternative.

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Smart homes regulation and the market: Are we just stumbling forward?

(BLOG:) “In failing to plan, then you plan to fail.” So goes the adage widely ascribed to Benjamin Franklin. Such trite phrases have a habit of falling on deaf ears. But, its application to the smart home agenda exposes serious shortfalls

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Atmel shows first ARM Cortex M4-based single-chip system for PRIME smart metering applications

Metering, Billing & CRM Show, Amsterdam, Netherlands. October 9, 2012 — Atmel® Corporation today showcased the world’s first single-chip power line communications (PLC)-based system using an ARM® Cortex™-M4 processor-based microcontroller (MCU)

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