Recent News.

  • Connected accessory shipments to reach 170 million by 2018

    Posted: 5th August 2013

    Surge in mobile accessories market driven by demand for fitness, healthcare and smart wearable devices, research suggests shipments of smart wireless accessories could reach 170 million per annum by 2018, compared to around 15 million this year, according to a report by tech analysts Juniper research. Read more...

  • Delay smart meter rollout rather than dumb it down

    Posted: 29th July 2013

    Delay the smart meter rollout rather than turn off consumers by installing "dumb" meters, MPs have urged.

    The Energy and Climate Change Select Committee has thrown its support behind the rollout of smart meters in a report published on Saturday.

    However, it must be managed carefully to make sure consumers get the full benefits, MPs cautioned. Read more...

  • Reports of ZigBee on handsets would be a big deal for the connected home (and ZigBee)

    Posted: 12th July 2013

    Could ZigBee gain some real ground when it comes to the connected home? Pocket-lint is reporting that Samsung and HTC are both thinking about adding a ZigBee chip to their handsets. If true, that would give consumers more control over their existing home automation products such as certain motorized window shades and ZigBee switches, as well as provide a big boost to the ZigBee standard. Read more...

  • Global Sales of Wireless Consumer Electronics To Hit 73 Million In 2013

    Posted: 3rd July 2013

    Global sales of wireless (3G or 4G) consumer electronics (CE) devices will increase by 54 percent in 2013 to reach 73 million units, according to the latest research from Strategy Analytics' Connected Home Devices (CHD)service. Read more...

  • Technicolor reaches milestone of 100th million set top box

    Posted: 2nd July 2013

    Technicolor announced that it has delivered the 100th million set-top-box for DIRECTV, one of the world’s leading providers of digital television entertainment services. For the past 20+ years, Technicolor has worked in partnership with DIRECTV to provide a wide range of basic and advanced set-top-boxes for use in the U.S. and throughout Latin America. Read more...

  • Nearly 23% of UK homes with broadband have security system

    Posted: 2nd July 2013

    Nearly 23 percent of broadband households in the UK have an electronic home security system, according to a study by Parks Associates. Fewer than 20 percent have home security systems in France and Belgium, and only 6 percent of German households have a system. By 2020, the UK and Spain will have over 20 million smart meters, while France and Germany will exceed 30 million. Read more...

  • Internet of Everything To Generate $613B Profit

    Posted: 2nd July 2013

    According to a study done by Cisco, the Internet of Everything (IoE) is big business. The global sector is expected to generate in excess of $600 Billion in global profits for private-sector businesses this year alone. Cisco interviewed IT leaders in 12 countries across 7,500 global business. They found that the United States, China and Germany are expected to realize the greatest value from the technology. Read more...

  • Drive toward always-on Internet connected homes picks up speed

    Posted: 29th April 2013

    By 2022, the average household with two teenage children will own roughly 50 Internet-connected devices, up from approximately 10 today, according to estimates by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. This trend has been dubbed the “Internet of Things.”

    “[Apps] are the people end of the Internet of things,” said Stephen Prentice, vice president and fellow at research advisory firm Gartner. Read more...

  • Connected homes driving innovation in residential security

    Posted: 16th April 2013

    What once was considered a luxury only the wealthy could afford, home automation and interactive services have now become a common offering among providers of residential security systems. Not only has it had a tremendous impact on the business model of alarm dealers, it’s also helping to shape the face of the technology itself.  Read more...

  • A refrigerator that thinks? Smart kitchens are coming

    Posted: 15th April 2013

    For years, appliances toiled without companionship, just disconnected boxes hidden away in kitchens and basements. That’s all about to change. The next appliance to go in your kitchen still won’t get out of the house much, but it will at least talk to the outside world. Read more...