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Why Home Automation Systems are at the Forefront of Energy Savings

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As energy prices rise and incomes are stagnant, home automation systems will be a more enticing investment as their efficiency improves and costs decline.

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Connected World magazine | Smarter Building through M2M

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Demand for home and building automation is increasing as consumers and companies become savvier regarding the benefits of M2M technology.

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ZigBee IP: Smart Grid, Meet the Internet of Things | GreenTech Advocates

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There has been a lot of hype about the Internet of Things, but how important is it to energy efficiency? The new ZigBee IP standard for wireless RF mesh networking gives us a glimpse at how the smart grid and the Internet of Things can come together to enhance energy efficiency.

 

ZigBee IP is the first standard-based IPv6 specification for wireless sensor networks. And if you’ve done your homework you know that IPv6, or a new and improved Internet, provides a zillion IP addresses and enables the so-called Internet of Things and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications.

 

ZigBee IP was specifically designed to operate on low-cost, low-power devices and support the requirements of ZigBee Smart Energy version 2, which ups the ante on Smart Energy Protocol (SEP) 1.0 and 1.1 standards by enabling local area network connectivity and control of electric vehicle (EV) charging. By using IP, it can work with Wi-Fi and HomePlug, which offers a Green Phy protocol adopted by some car companies for EV charging communications.

 

SEP 2 was selected by the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as a standard profile for smart energy management in home devices. It is an application on the ZigBee IP stack, which is based on standard Internet protocols such as 6LoWPAN, PANA, RPL, TCP, TLS and UDP, with TLS1.2 and AES-128-CCM for security.

 

ZigBee says about 40 million homes now have devices connecting to smart meters using ZigBee Smart Energy Protocol. One can imagine millions more smart meters and other devices such as in-home displays, thermostats, smart appliances and solar inverters being rolled out with SEP 2, as well as existing SEP 1.x smart meters being upgraded to SEP 2 (if that’s really possible). SEP 2 has been viewed as a solution for multiple dwelling units (MDUs).

 

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LEDs Magazine - Marvell announces driver IC win in Samsung LED lamp, Daintree ZigBee partnership

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Marvell and Daintree Networks will partner to help drive ZigBee-enabled, intelligent SSL products into the commercial sector, and Marvell also announced that it is supplying the driver IC for Samsung Electronics LED retrofit lamps.

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Sigma Designs announces next-gen Z-Wave home-control product family | TechHive

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New components and reference designs that original equipment manufacturers can incorporate into home-automation devices and systems.

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Home automation, controlling systems by smartphone, growing in popularity

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ABI Research, a technology-focused market research firm, said 1.5 million home-automation systems were installed worldwide last year, almost double the amount installed in 2011. The firm projects 8 million systems will ship in 2017.

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Mattison Aquilina's curator insight, March 11, 2013 5:32 AM

Using your phone to control your home looks to be the future.

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Smart homes move into the mainstream - NorthJersey.com

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More than 1.5 million home automation systems were installed in the U.S.

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Why Home Automation Systems are at the Forefront of Energy Savings

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As energy prices rise and incomes are stagnant, home automation systems will be a more enticing investment as their efficiency improves and costs decline.

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Control4's Hardwired Centralized Lighting Control System is Here ...

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It took a few years for Control4 —best known for wireless home automation—to perfect its first ever hardwired centralized lighting system but “it's really here,” says Paul Williams, VP of security and communications products.

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PointCentral: Smart Home Tech, Enterprise Edition - iTech Post

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PointCentral: Smart Home Tech, Enterprise Edition iTech Post While home automation and other smart home technologies have been on the rise in 2013 so far, one Virginia company, PointCentral, is asking itself, why start a business automating one...

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GIA Forecasts Global Market for Home Automation Products to Reach US$2.8 ... - HiddenWires

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The Top 17 Math apps for iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Top 17 Math apps for iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Home Automation - 20% | Scoop.it

"Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has started featuring the best of web and mobile apps for the year 2012. We are partnering with our sister blog Free Mobile Technology for Teachers http://www.freemobiletech.com/2012/12/9-great-math-apps-for-android.html to provide you with  lists of the featured educational apps in every possible content area. Today we have chosen to cover iPad apps for Math. The ones we have included below are among the best you can find out there , I know we will get emails from people wondering why we did not feature certain apps, but as you know, for any app to be featured here it needs to go through a rigorous process of selection. We don't just include whatever and we have talked about this in details in  previous posts."


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CES 2012: The Connected Home Leads As Popular Theme in Consumer Electronics

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Each year I've been attending CES, I've watched the Connected Home TechZone grow in popularity. It started off as a small but interesting space to discuss this newfangled thing called an integrated wireless network to connect appliances and devices to an interface which tells you what on earth they're doing; but it has grown to a humming conversation among not just those in the Z-Wave, Zigbee and HomePlug booths but among companies all over CES.

 

I have never seen more people circulating through booths to find out how their electronics can hook up to one interface -- and not just things like televisions or lights, but things like door locks and window shades too. Basically, if it has an on-off switch, these days it can probably be controlled by your smart phone. And people are interested.

 

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PointCentral: Smart Home Tech, Enterprise Edition - iTech Post

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PointCentral: Smart Home Tech, Enterprise Edition iTech Post While home automation and other smart home technologies have been on the rise in 2013 so far, one Virginia company, PointCentral, is asking itself, why start a business automating one...

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Linear Expands Home Automation Offerings with Z-Wave Lighting Products

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The availability of Z-Wave wireless lighting control solutions provides Linear dealers, OEM partners and residential and commercial end users with smarter management and integration options.

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Making Smart Grids Smarter with Broadband | SmartGrid.com

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As smart grids start to become a reality, technology companies specializing in energy and electricity are trying to develop compatible solutions. One such company is Emerson. The technology giant, who specializes in power and building equipment, is upping energy awareness and practicality.

 

Emerson has been doing its fair share of smart grid-friendly thinking and developments. The company has planted smart thermostats in the field under its White-Rodgers brand – taking utility commands to shave peak power usage across entire neighborhoods. Emerson also sells smart thermostats for people looking to have a fuller understanding of their energy use.

 

Now it sounds like the company could be on to something bigger. Partnered with the electric cooperative, Habersham EMC, Emerson is looking to transform traditionally energy-sucking devices like air conditioners into real-time utility assets. Emerson and its partners EnerSphere (a smart grid connectivity provider) and Jetlun (a Chinese energy management company) landed a $1.5 million grant from the USDA as part of a consortium delivering rural broadband. Next on the list is to develop an intelligent energy platform that will connect thermostats and water heaters to a ZigBee gateway.

 

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ZigBee IP: Smart Grid, Meet the Internet of Things | GreenTech Advocates

ZigBee IP: Smart Grid, Meet the Internet of Things | GreenTech Advocates | Home Automation - 20% | Scoop.it

 

There has been a lot of hype about the Internet of Things, but how important is it to energy efficiency? The new ZigBee IP standard for wireless RF mesh networking gives us a glimpse at how the smart grid and the Internet of Things can come together to enhance energy efficiency.

 

ZigBee IP is the first standard-based IPv6 specification for wireless sensor networks. And if you’ve done your homework you know that IPv6, or a new and improved Internet, provides a zillion IP addresses and enables the so-called Internet of Things and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications.

 

ZigBee IP was specifically designed to operate on low-cost, low-power devices and support the requirements of ZigBee Smart Energy version 2, which ups the ante on Smart Energy Protocol (SEP) 1.0 and 1.1 standards by enabling local area network connectivity and control of electric vehicle (EV) charging. By using IP, it can work with Wi-Fi and HomePlug, which offers a Green Phy protocol adopted by some car companies for EV charging communications.

 

SEP 2 was selected by the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as a standard profile for smart energy management in home devices. It is an application on the ZigBee IP stack, which is based on standard Internet protocols such as 6LoWPAN, PANA, RPL, TCP, TLS and UDP, with TLS1.2 and AES-128-CCM for security.

 

ZigBee says about 40 million homes now have devices connecting to smart meters using ZigBee Smart Energy Protocol. One can imagine millions more smart meters and other devices such as in-home displays, thermostats, smart appliances and solar inverters being rolled out with SEP 2, as well as existing SEP 1.x smart meters being upgraded to SEP 2 (if that’s really possible). SEP 2 has been viewed as a solution for multiple dwelling units (MDUs).

 

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ZigBee IP spec goes public, offers open IPv6 mesh networking

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While ZigBee hasn't become as ubiquitous in wireless as the likes of Bluetooth or WiFi, it has carved out niches in home automation and low-power gear.

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Re-Vision Labs's curator insight, March 28, 2013 2:27 AM

Wireless IP spec that was originally built for smart grid use has been opened up for public use.

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Entertaining Integration | Home Automation Ideas

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These homeowners envisioned an intelligent system in their dream home, with complete control over AV, security, heating, lighting, and outdoor music.


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3 Common Misconceptions About Home Automation

3 Common Misconceptions About Home Automation | Home Automation - 20% | Scoop.it
Cost of entry, ease of operation, and difference from ‘home control’ under consideration.

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Mattison Aquilina's curator insight, March 11, 2013 5:25 AM

This article clears up a few misconceptions that are slowing the adoption of Home Automation, all of these are set to change again and the problems diminish as newer and better technologies are launched in the near future.

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What is mHealth? Is it Mobile health or Modern health?

What is mHealth? Is it Mobile health or Modern health? | Home Automation - 20% | Scoop.it

Syllogism causes confusion among healthcare terms such as modern health, mobile health, digital health, ehealth, mhealth, telemedicine, and telehealth.

 

Clearly, Lions & Tigers are both cats, and cats are animals, but the healthcare syllogisms aren’t as straight forward. People often associate Mobile Health with the ambulance that shows up to provide care and transportation, rather than the use of mobile devices and wireless networks. They may also associate Mobile Health with the tablet device the doctor uses as she moves about, rather than a smartphone device. That’s why I drew the diagram with mHealth not entirely within Wireless Health or within Telehealth. And it’s why I added a new term to  encompass them all - Modern Health.

 

I apologize to my consumer audience if this article sometimes gets a bit technical. That’s because it was partially written to address a technical audience. You can skip the technology, go straight to the Cool mHealth Trends.

 

mHealth & Telehealth

 

Telehealth is the delivery of health-related services and information via telecommunications technologies. These services could be as simple as two health professionals discussing a case over the telephone, a video call between patient and practitioner(s), or doing robotic surgery between facilities at different ends of the globe. Telehealth is an expansion of telemedicine, because it’s not limited to clinical treatment but can also apply to prevention. Likewise,telehealth is an expansion of mHealth, because it’s not limited to cellular technologies.

 

mHealth & Wireless Health

 

Wireless health differs from mHealth in that wireless health solutions will not always be mobile and mobile health solutions will not always be wirelessly enabled. Wireless Health integrates wireless technology into traditional medicine, such as for diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of illness. Wireless technologies eliminate the cost and effort to install wires and support the ability to move about without being tethered. Wireless networks can cover very short distances such as between wearable sensors and a smartphone, entire buildings such as Wi-Fi home networks; or wider areas such as cellular networks that extend from tower to tower. These mobile broadband networks are especially useful in reaching new patients in remote areas than previously possible.

 

mHealth & eHealth

 

eHealth describes any healthcare practice supported by electronic information processing and communication, so it has broader reach than mHealth, which relates to practices using mobile  (phone or computing) technologies

 

mHealth: Mobile Health or Modern Health?

 

Many app developers view mHealth as exploiting mobile telecommunication in health care delivery. That can include mobile phones (voice & SMS text), smartphones, or a variety of other devices that include laptop computers, patient monitoring devices, MP3 players, PERS systems, and more.  The term can extend to both mobile and stationary devices, as long as they used mobile/cellular telecom technologies, but what if they don’t communicate at all?

 

What if a smartphone app uses sensors to collect health & fitness data and then stores and tracks it on the device itself without ever sending it anywhere? If the device itself is viewed as a telecom device, it might fit in the mHealthcategory, but the iPod Touch has no mobile phone connection, and even though it uses the same iPhone technology, it arguably would not fit the mHealth definition, even though it’s running the exact same code. That’s where the traditional mHealth definition breaks down, and it’s one reason that I prefer to extend mHealth to Modern Health, rather than just Mobile Health.

Modern Health encompasses innovations that collectively define the future of healthcare. They include: digital, electronic & mobile health, telehealth & telemedicine, electronic sensors & cloud-based monitoring services, video calls & telepresence, electronic medical & personal health records, big data & analytics, healthcare robotics & artificial intelligence, personalized medicine & genomics, and the wireless connections (ANT+, Bluetooth LE, ZigBee, Z-Wave, Wi-Fi, 4G, LTE), big broadband networks (fiber-optics), and regulatory & payment reforms that bind them.

 

Yes, nearly 40,000 health-related apps are available today for smartphones, and that number is up ten-fold from about 4,000 in 2010. So clearly smartphone availability and fast Internet access are driving much of the growth of modern healthcare applications, but don’t discount large mHealth opportunities on other devices and in other geographic markets.


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Connected World magazine | Smarter Building through M2M

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GIA Forecasts Global Market for Home Automation Products to Reach US$2.8 ... - HiddenWires

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A New Line of Home Security Alarm Systems and Smart Home Lighting and Energy Automation Introduced in New York via SolveForce

A New Line of Home Security Alarm Systems and Smart Home Lighting and Energy Automation Introduced in New York via SolveForce | Home Automation - 20% | Scoop.it
SolveForce brings in a new line of Smart Home Energy Solutions, Home Security Services and Home Utility Automation throughout all the Counties in New York.

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Estonia Named First Computer-Based Math™ Education Country

Estonia Named First Computer-Based Math™ Education Country | Home Automation - 20% | Scoop.it
computerbasedmath.org announced that Estonia will be the first country to make use of its revolutionary and widely praised rethink of math education in a project to build a new school statistics course.
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