Building a Smarter “Smart Home” on ZigBee 3.0

No longer just gizmos and gadgets for the wealthy, devices for the smart home are fast becoming the purview of the every man. Estimates project that within the next 10 years the average household will consist of 100 connected devices, networking everything from lights and motion sensors to thermostats and smoke detectors. With every passing […]

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Control4 Intros Much Smarter Thermostat, Way Better Interface at ISE 2015

Control4 (Nasdaq: CTRL) has always had a smart thermostat to integrate with its home automation system, and for a long time has supported third-party stats as well (yes, Nest too). At ISE 2015, though, the company is (finally) launching a home-grown successor to its original stat that controls virtually all functions of any HVAC system. The new wireless, […]

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Cree Gets Bright Idea

Durham, S.C. – Cree turned the spotlight on its first connected LED lightbulb for the consumer market. The new $14.97 60-watt Connected Cree LED Bulb is compatible with the Wink home-automation hub and ZigBee-certified hubs. The bulb will be available later this month through Home Depot’s online store and be available in-store in February. The […]

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Cree Enters Connected Bulb Fray

The dream of a completely smart home is coming true, though not exactly how many people first envisioned it. Instead of a whole smart home, we’re getting connected devices piecemeal that make the home living experience (whether you’re there or not) better and more efficient. Among the quickly emerging categories, which includes locks, thermostats and […]

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GreenPeak and ZigBee Open Doors to the Smart Home

“The smart home is not a product, it’s an application,” was the message from Cees Links of GreenPeak Technologies who I met near the ZigBee booth at the Sands Expo. Cees gave me some background on his company – which designs ZigBee chips and board modules such as the GP691 with range, power consumption, and cost in mind – before proceeding […]

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The Next ZigBee, 3.0

The Next ZigBee, 3.0If you’re working Internet of Things into your IT plan — as you should be — then you’ll need to know all about this latest wireless standard. If you’re working Internet of Things into your IT plan — as you should be — then you’ll need to know all about this latest […]

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Smart Lighting Simply Connected at CES 2015

PISCATAWAY, NJ–(Marketwired – Jan 5, 2015) – In the past years, lighting has solidified its position as cornerstone of the smart home. With Philips hue, OSRAM Lightify and GE Link, consumers experience increasing freedom of choice. The Connected Lighting Alliance (TCLA), a leading industry consortium comprising the major lighting companies, recognizes the smart lighting market […]

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NEWS: ZigBee, the IoT Connection

ZigBee is a specification for a group of communication protocols used to create personal area networks (PAN) that support low-power digital radios. ZigBee is based on an IEEE 802.15 standard that specifies transmission distances to 10 to 100 meters line-of-sight. The useful distance depends on power output and environmental characteristics. Tobin Richardson, Chairman and CEO […]

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NEWS: Defining the IoT, Part Four: A Gauntlet Of Challenges

Sensor makers may actually have it easier than other EOEMS in that they already have viable products in many areas, i.e., temperature, humidity, pressure, motion, audio, video, etc. Sensors, in the simplest arrangement, will just need to interface with the internet and allow remote access. However, the way these established sensors connect to the internet […]

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NEWS: IoT Hotspots Seek Sensors And Apps, Part 3

It’s surely agreed that the Internet of Things (IoT), as a concept and reality, is already proving to be a mine of untapped opportunities. Not only is the field wide open for unique devices, but there is more than ample room for innovation on existing products and services. Just looking at any of the new-tech […]

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