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AT&T is finally ready to unveil its home automation and security product, and it’s a pretty big deal. The product is built on AT&T’s acquisition of Xamboo in 2010 , and it will put AT&t in competition with security giants such as ADT as well as a variety of startups building out routers , hubs and “ http://gigaom.com/2013/04/18/zonoff-gets-3-8m-to-connect-the-smart-home-with-super-software/”>software for the connected home. It’s also AT&T’s first foray into an over the top service.
Electric Imp, the startup trying to build hardware that makes it easy to turn any idea into a connected device, has signed a deal to provide its hardware and cloud services to companies participating in a GE-led hardware challenge . The industrial conglomerate said last week that it would team up with industrial product design site, Quirky, to enable people to build new connected devices. For Electric Imp the partnership is a validation of its approach to the internet of things and a chance to help bring a proven model of innovation to the hardware hackers trying to build products for the internet of things.
The Weightless Special Interest Group has put the finishing touches on its wireless radio standard for that uses white spaces spectrum to glue together the internet of things. The SIG finalized the 600-page set of specifications at its Plenary Conference in Cambridge, U.K., on Tuesday. The final approval is largely a formality, since Weightless SIG members such as Neul, CSR, Cable & Wireless, ARM and Google have already begun working with the technology . Neul has developed its first commercial Weightless chip , and has launched an experimental smart grid network in Cambridge. Google has begun using the technology in broadband trials in South Africa. But the approval does cement the standard, allowing the SIG’s membership to begin developing products without worrying about technical specs shifting from under them.
My kids leave the lights on at home. All the time. It’s so bad, I decided to tackle the problem at its source, by introducing an approval step into the ‘switch light on’ process via Force.com. Actually, I’m joking; Kevin O’Hara and Reid Carlberg ‘s antics inspired me to try hooking my Raspberry Pi to the platform. I recently bought a PowerSwitch Tail II , so I was looking for a project where I could control some simple appliance; this is what I came up with. Here’s how that all works…
Salesforce.com is looking to create a market that enables machines to have social networks that interact with employees and customers, where one senior executive told Computerworld UK that the company is in talks with industry to "do more in depth work in this area very soon". During CEO Marc Benioff's keynote speech last week, he talked about Salesforce's work with General Electric (GE) and said that he believed that the future of GE is 'around man-machine interface'. GE manufactures machines for a number of industries including aviation and energy. "GE makes machines, they make CAT scanners, they make locomotives, aircraft engines etc. Those machines are becoming more and more intelligent and we want to have more information, more collaboration and more communication between those machines," said Benioff. Benioff explained that GE had told him that it believes the future of its revenue and profitability is about becoming a great customer service company around the machines it produces.
It’s been said that “information is that which consumes attention” – and the limits of human attention are challenged (some might say, already exceeded) by today’s explosion of information content in our lives. The entire IT market is being redefined in this Big Data era: continued advancements in commerce, health, science, and education require a strategy for getting the most from a data-rich world, without being limited by human capacity for understanding and action. Increasingly, we will turn to an “Internet of Things” in which global networks enable intelligent objects to satisfy our needs and assist our endeavors. Scenarios that have long been explored in science fiction are emerging today from laboratories and venture incubators to become mainstream products and services.
There’s only one week to go until Paris becomes the beating heart of Europe’s tech community. Organisers Loic and Geraldine LeMeur will be hosting the 9th LeWeb Paris at Les Docks, bringing together entrepreneurs, leaders and influencers from all around the world to connect, both in person, and online from wherever they are. The theme for this year’s LeWeb is “The Internet of Things ."
When we think of being connected to the Internet, our minds immediately shift to our computers, phones, and most recently tablets. This week at Cisco live, I shared that in 2008, the number of devices connected to the Internet exceeded the number of people on Earth. That’s right. There are more devices tapping into the Internet than people on Earth to use them.
The London-based design consultancy BERG have produced some very interesting work. Something we found especially intriguing was that they have this idea that Products are People Too . We had been tinkering with the concept of a Social Web of Things when we stumbled over BERG’s brilliant work, and it struck us that many of their ideas overlapped in interesting way with our own. To our delight BERG thought so too and during the last months we have worked together exploring the near-future of the “Internet of Things”.
Why most people miss the role of the world’s largest machine when predicting the future. When Ericsson sold its 50 percent stake in Sony Ericsson to Sony, a common question to Ericsson employees was: “What do you do now that Sony has bought your company?” Not all people I meet understand my explanation about what a mobile network is and does. I believe the term “network” is too abstract a concept for most people, even if we keep it simple and say it’s the internet’s backbone and mobile-access network.
The concept of the connected home isn’t a new one. However, this year it’s certainly been the cause for plenty of conversation. From global events such as the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 to the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 , conversations about seamless connectivity and integration across all devices in and around the home have had gadget addicts all a flutter. While the full potential of the connected home is still a few years from being realized, people are slowly embracing the possibilities available to them today – think connected TVs, refrigerators, washing machines, and cooling and heating systems. And people are also getting used to the idea of running their homes from a single interface.
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced Tuesday that the country is targeting significant achievements in core-technology research, industrial chain building, and application of the Internet of Things (IOT) by 2015. The country aims to make breakthroughs in a raft of core IOT-related technologies including sensor, communication, processing, and application, according to a guideline publicized on the ministry's website on Tuesday. The guideline said the nation will make at least 200 national and industrial standards for the IOT by 2015, while also speeding up the creation of designated enterprises, and establishment of labs and engineering centers. Further, the application of IOT technologies will be expanded and deepened for both economic and social development, in nine fields specifically, including the secondary industry, agriculture, logistics, transport, electricity, environmental protection, and public health.
The mobile monday switzerland , a community of mobile industry professionals, investigated the applications for Machine to Machine and the Internet of Things. I in my opening talk I briefly talked about general concept of the Internet of Things of linking things to information. The message I conveyed was to no longer focus top-down on general concepts of how to grass-root the Internet of Things but rather to explore its applications and let the architectures and concepts follow as an evolutionary process. Understanding the use of objects in daily routine and business processes should provide the starting point for Internet of Things research and developments. Oliver Thyes from Swisscom gave several examples of Internet of Things se
Worldwide network of personal devices By Paolo G. Montecillo Philippine Daily Inquirer
To those who attended today’s Content via Platforms closing keynote at the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) event in San Francisco, I hope the time proved valuable. The theme of the “sentient world” is one that you’ll hear Altimeter talking a lot about over the coming year. Sentient world is a journey that transforms our definition of content, and builds on the trends of mobility and relies upon the emergence of mobile strategists inside of organizations.