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From Mindless to Managed

Posted by Sara Gutterman

May 29, 2019 12:40:32 PM

The natural evolution of smart systems comes just in time to offer assisted living technology that works in the background. 

The smart home technology market, expected to reach $40 billion by next year, is providing a new level of convenience, efficiency, comfort, independence, and security to homeowners in all walks of life.

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Field Test: Entering the Z-Wave Universe

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

May 22, 2019 9:15:30 AM

As a way to put devices from different manufacturers under one control hub, Z-Wave rises to the task. But don’t expect a big range bump.

For off-the-shelf products, the Z-Wave wireless protocol often gets a call out as a more reliable, secure form of wireless. It differs from typical wireless systems, in that it operates on low-frequency radio bandwidth, specifically in the 800-900 MHz radio frequency range.

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When Smart Means Dim

Posted by Alessandra Barbieri, Guest Columnist

Apr 15, 2019 11:19:53 AM

An urban district in western Turkey is trialling a smart lighting system to cut energy bills and be more ecological.

The Yaşamköyü District in Tepebaşı, north-west Turkey has deployed a new intelligent lighting system along four of its streets. Although built in 2007, this residential district doesn't live up to Turkey's most recent energy-efficiency standards. The smart lighting is therefore one way to help remedy this.

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Why Does Wemo Choose the Path of Lame-O?

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Mar 21, 2019 9:00:12 PM

One of my pet peeves is when mulitmillion dollar companies won't do a little more R&D to solve glaring weaknesses in their products.

And right now, as I sit here with two useless Belkin Wemo Insights in my lap, and I'm feeling grumpy. I already have one Wemo network set up to run a few devices, and I want to run a few more on another network, but the App won't let me. It's that simple, and it's not like Wemo hasn't known about this problem for at least a year. Add this to the other big Wemo throwback...most of the devices only run on 2.4 ghz bandwidth, so they won't even work with 5 gig routers that are not dual band! Surprise!

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Key Ingredients for a Smart Urban District

Posted by Alessandra Barbieri, Guest Columnist

Feb 13, 2019 8:34:07 AM

Smart city expert Ali Vasallo Belver shares the lesson learned from an innovative integrated retrofitting strategy across Europe.

As awareness grows about the need to live more sustainably, policy action towards "greening" our towns and cities is also more intense. Buildings for example consume up to 40% of all the energy used in the EU, so a lot is at stake. However, energy efficiency measures need to be integrated into "the bigger picture" of the urban environment, which includes ICT, mobility, citizen engagement and governance.

Ali Vasallo Belver has coordinated the smart city project CITyFiED, which is crossing the finish line. As a specialist in industrial engineering and building structures at Fundación Cartif, Spain, he has overseen three district renovations to demonstrate a pioneering integrated retrofitting strategy. They are located in Laguna de Duero-Valladolid (Spain), Soma (Turkey) and Lund (Sweden).

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