Smart home device adoption sees “big uptick” according to new study

first_imgRelated Posts David Curry Smart home device installations seen a “big uptick” in 2016, with refrigerators, washers, and smoke detectors seeing year-on-year growth of over 250 percent.That’s according to a new study published by PlumChoice, an Internet of Things (IoT) technical service provider and Z-Wave Alliance, a consortium of companies deploying Z-Wave technologies, called 2016: Year of the Smart Device.See Also: Amazon makes it even cheaper for Alexa developers to use AWSA consumer survey published in the report said 52 percent of respondents plan to buy a smart home device in the next two years. Out of those that already own a smart device, 84 percent may purchase another.For consumers that own more than four smart home devices, interoperability becomes a key factor when purchasing a device. Even on the consumer side, the lack of standardization makes it hard for non-tech savvy people to confidently purchase smart home devices.Expectations have been rising for a yearExpectations for services and support rose in 2016, as consumers demand more from device manufacturers. It comes after a few high-profile device manufacturers have ended support for devices early.“The smart home industry is thriving, and many companies are recognizing that their success is dependent on a seamless consumer user experience,” said Noelani McGadden, vice president of IoT at PlumChoice. “Last year was a pivotal year for the smart home industry, with the number of people who own a smart device increasing by a staggering 259 percent. As smart home device adoption continues to grow, brands must cater to consumers who are expecting support services as part of their purchase, and at the very least provide installation support.”The amount of people across the U.S. who are trying to make their house “smart” is still low, but it is growing, as the report shows. To make smart home devices as ubiquitous as the mobile phone, however, manufacturers, developers, and system providers must settle on a standard and promote good corporate behavior, to avoid early distrust. Tags:#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#PlumChoice#smart home#top#Z-Wave Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puck Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

Republic Day: Mobile internet services snapped in Kashmir

first_imgMobile internet services have been snapped in Kashmir as a precautionary measure on the occasion of the Republic Day, officials said on Friday.The internet services on mobile phones and data cards were suspended on Thursday as part of the security drill for Republic Day.Although, it’s normal practice in Kashmir to suspend the internet services on the Republic Day and Independence Day, this is the first time that these services were withdrawn a day earlier.Security forces have been deployed in strength at strategic locations in the city.The law enforcing agencies are carrying out random frisking and searches of vehicles entering the city.This year the main Republic Day function will be held at Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium instead of the regular venue — Bakshi Stadium.The area around the cricket stadium was sealed on Wednesday for full dress rehearsal of the Republic Day Parade.Traffic police has issued an advisory for movement of vehicles between the city centre and south Kashmir and no vehicle will be permitted to move along the Ram Munshi Bagh-TRC stretch of the road during the rehearsal and Republic Day function.last_img read more

Top Stories: Reprogramming Mouse Cells, Stressed-Out Birds, and Speedy Evolution

first_imgCells Reprogrammed in Living MiceStem cells are usually made in a petri dish. Now, scientists have figured out how to reprogram the cells of living mice, transforming them into an embryolike state able to become any of the body’s cell types—even placenta. In the experiment, that conversion wasn’t tightly controlled; somewhat creepily, the mice developed tumors that resembled embryos. 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The advance boosts the chance that this material, which is a lot cheaper than its silicon counterparts, will hit the mainstream market.No Point in Testing Controversial Stem Cell Treatment, Italian Panel SaysAn expert panel that the Italian government asked to come up with a trial design for a controversial Italian stem cell therapy has thrown in the towel. The group, made up of top Italian scientists, has concluded that the treatment—designed by the Stamina Foundation and the focus of an intense public debate in Italy—has no scientific foundation and that there is no point in doing the study, for which the Italian government has allocated €3 million.Big-Brained Birds Keep Their CoolWhen it comes to avoiding stress, big brains are better than little ones. A study shows that birds with big brains have lower levels of a key stress hormone. Researchers think brainy birds keep their cool by anticipating or learning to avoid problems more effectively than their smaller-brained counterparts.U.S. Science Laureate Bill Hits RoadblockClimate science skeptics have derailed a congressional proposal to create the honorary position of U.S. science laureate. But proponents haven’t abandoned the idea of giving someone a national platform to foster public understanding of science and serve as a role model.Evolution’s Clock Ticked Faster at the Dawn of Modern AnimalsFive hundred thirty million years ago, the number and diversity of life forms on Earth mushroomed. This so-called Cambrian explosion kept Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, awake at night, as he worried that his theory of natural selection couldn’t explain the sudden proliferation of species. Now, researchers have combined evidence from the fossil record with clues in the genes of living species to estimate the speed of that evolutionary explosion. Their finding—that the rate of change was high, but still plausible—may put Darwin’s fears to rest.last_img read more

Goa human rights body directs govt. to ensure optimum care for HIV patients

first_imgThe Goa State Human Rights Commission(GSHRC) on Monday directed the State government to ensure optimum care and facilities for people living with HIV, following a complaint filed by Peter F. Borges, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Human Touch Foundation(HTF).The GSHRC has asked the Chief Secretary to fix responsibility in this regard. GSHRC in its inquiry report said that there were no full-fledged facilities in the State to provide treatment for people living with HIV. “There are no viral load testing facilities in the State of Goa for studies in HIV or any other viruses. Presently, the samples are referred to J J Hospital, Mumbai for viral load testing. The State should make efforts to provide this essential facility to all the individuals who are in need of the same,” said the order, based on its inquiry report.Mr. Borges had earlier argued that the goal of the Antiretroviral therapy (ART) in force is viral suppression and routine viral load facility is of utmost importance to all those accessing treatments in the State.Mr. Borges had also said the current treatment strategy, executed through State-run Goa Medical College and Link ART centres at Mapusa, Margao, Chicalim and Ponda are ineffective and not-coordinated in a professional manner.“There is a failure in retainment of the patient on ART, leading to lost cases, loss/death of patients in follow up, patients reporting to Goa Medical College with an advanced staged of treatment failure, with very less CD4 counts. During this, it is required that results of any viral load investigations are available within 2-3 days, hence the complainant prayed for viral load testing in the State itself, he said.last_img read more

Kontron: IoT solutions for digital transformation at embedded world

first_imgKontron will be presenting numerous highlights to its visitors at embedded world 2019, where among other things, Kontron will be showing Computer-on-Modules based on standards with the latest processors from leading manufacturers. The current portfolio of scalable IoT edge computers and gateways as well as the latest HMIs and Panel PCs with the latest x86 and ARM processors will also be presented. A new 1U Short Rackmount Industrial Server of the KISS family and a Box PC with an Intel processor of the 8th generation complete the range of novelties at the booth. For the Industry 4.0 and digitization strategies of its customers, Kontron will demonstrate the IoT software framework SUSiEtec as well as machine learning with object recognition using artificial intelligence.Kontron will be presenting Computer-on-Modules of all leading standards such as COM Express, SMARC 2.0 and Qseven as well as motherboards and single board computers in various price and performance classes with the latest processors from the chip manufacturers Intel, AMD and NXP.For the first time, Kontron presents a Qseven module with the latest NXP iMX8X processor. The module is characterized by its low power consumption and, thanks to the powerful NXP i.MX8X processor in dual- or quad-core configuration, provides an ideal basis for networked terminals in industrial applications. Kontron is thus expanding its COM line based on the Qseven standard, which is particularly distinguished by its low power consumption and was first introduced in early 2018. Kontron supports the Qseven form factor in order to offer customers who already use it the opportunity to opt for new CPU technologies with Kontron products.Kontron will also be presenting new products and development services for Raspberry Pi. The developer kit based on a single-board computer expands the Raspberry Pi’s compute module with a variety of industry-typical interfaces, not only including USB, Ethernet 10/100 Mbit, RS 232 and RS 485, but also a CAN fieldbus interface. In addition to the developer kit, Kontron also offers customer-specific developments of carrier modules and systems for Raspberry Pi.Kontron will also be presenting scalable IoT edge computers and gateways based on the latest COMs and SBCs with different performance classes using different processors: these range from single core ARM processors to Intel Atom and Intel Core i processors to server class performance. They are therefore suitable for a wide range of applications including AI, machine learning, image processing and edge server computing.The highlight of the trade fair appearance will be a new Box PC based on the NXP LS1028 processor with up to 5 TSN-capable 1GbE ports. This enables companies to create universal IoT edge computers and gateways with a seamless connection between the field level, operational technology and information technology.The wide range of industrial monitors and Panel PCs with x86 is now complemented by versions with ARM processors with display sizes from 4.3 to 10 inches. These systems with NXP iMX.6 processors from ULL to Quadcore with a very good price-performance-ratio are used in a wide range of applications in machine and device controls for cost-sensitive industries and applications.A new 1U Short Rackmount Industrial Server KISS based on the 8th generation Intel Core processors complements the existing 2U and 4U systems.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Efficient web server technology for resource-constrained microcontrollersNext Vecow: expandable GPU computing system with NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphicslast_img read more

THOUSANDS OF POUNDS OF SPILLED SOYBEANS CLOSES STREET

first_imgNOBODY WAS INJURED BUT A LOT OF SOYBEANS WERE SPILLED WHEN AN OVERLOADED SEMI TRAILER CARRYING SOYBEANS REAR ENDED ANOTHER SEMI’S TRAILER ALSO LOADED WITH SOYBEANS DURING THE NOON HOUR FRIDAY.THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED NEAR CARGILL AT THE 500 BLOCK OF HOEVEN WHERE THE TRUCKS WERE HEADING TO DROP OFF THEIR LOADS AT THE ELEVATOR.BOTH TRUCKS WERE FROM THE SAME COMPANY AND POLICE SAY WHEN THE LEAD TRUCK CAME TO A FULL STOP, THE FOLLOWING SEMI SLID INTO THE REAR OF THE TRAILER, RUPTURING IT.AROUND 20,000 POUNDS OF SOYBEANS SPILLED OUT OF THE DAMAGED TRAILER AND THE STREET WAS CLOSED FOR OVER THREE HOURS FOR CLEANUP OF THE SPILL.THE DRIVER THAT CAUSED THE COLLISION WAS CITED BY POLICE FOR FAILURE TO STOP AND WAS ALSO CITED BY THE IOWA D-O-T FOR HAVING A LOAD OVER THE LEGAL LIMIT IN HIS TRAILER.Photo courtesy KMEGlast_img read more

10 months agoHE’S BACK! Fergie on Man Utd training pitch today with Solskjaer

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say HE’S BACK! Fergie on Man Utd training pitch today with Solskjaerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will be on the training pitch with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer today.The Daily Mail says Ferguson is expected at United’s training ground on Saturday after Solskjaer invited his mentor to visit him at the club.Ferguson will be greeted by Solskjaer and his coaching staff at Carrington as United prepare for Sunday’s game at home to Bournemouth.Ferguson is believed to have had a say in the decision to appoint Solskjaer as caretaker boss on loan from Molde until the end of the season alongside his old No 2 Mike Phelan.The former United striker acknowledged Ferguson’s influence over his career as a player and manager when he started the job last week. last_img read more

SeaBird Wins New Contracts in Asia Pacific Region

first_imgzoom SeaBird Exploration Plc announced that the Voyager Explorer has been awarded a contract from a national oil company in the Asia Pacific region. The contract has an estimated duration of about 110 days  and commencement is expected late November.The contract value is about USD 16 million. Additionally, the Aquila Explorer has been awarded a 30-day contract also in the Asia Pacific region. This contract will commence in early December and has an estimated value of approximately USD 3 million.SeaBird, November 8, 2013last_img

Community Feedin Tariff Program Announces Sixth Round of Successful Applicants

first_img the Municipality of the District of Guysborough Fundy Tidal Inc. Wind4All Communities Chebucto Terence Bay Wind Project Colchester-Cumberland Windfield Watts Wind Scotian Wind Inc. Affinity Renewables the Municipality of the District of Shelburne Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuaqn Next steps for applicants include securing financing, completing a grid-impact study and obtaining the required federal and provincial environmental assessments and approvals. “We are very pleased with the collaborative approaches being taken by our applicants,” said Energy Minister Charlie Parker. “Once constructed, these projects will generate and distribute clean, green power close to home, providing economic development opportunities in the communities they serve.” The Community Feed-in Tariff (COMFIT) concept was introduced in the 2010 Renewable Electricity Plan to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, provide a secure supply of clean energy at stable prices and create jobs. The program began accepting applications in September 2011. Almost 100 locally based proposals have been received from more than 20 community groups for this unique, made-in-Nova Scotia initiative to encourage community participation in renewable energy projects. “The COMFIT program is an innovative way for the province to help communities move away from their dependence on coal-generated electricity,” said Terry Norman, president of the Chebucto Terence Bay Wind Project. “We’re delighted that our project has been approved and we look forward to starting the next phase of the process right away.” The Community Feed-in Tariff allows eligible groups to receive an established price per kilowatt hour (kWh) for projects producing electricity from certain renewable resources. Rates were established by the Utility and Review Board in September. Projects can include wind, biomass, in-stream tidal and run-of-the-river hydroelectric developments. Eligible groups include municipalities, First Nations, co-operatives, universities and not-for-profit groups. The COMFIT program will help the province reach its renewable electricity targets of 25 per cent renewable electricity by 2015 and 40 per cent by 2020. The province expects 100 megawatts of electricity to be produced through the COMFIT program. For more information on the program visit www.nsrenewables.ca. Fourteen communities from across Nova Scotia are closer to enjoying the benefits of clean, green renewable electricity generated in their own backyards as the province announced the next round of approved Community Feed-In Tariff (COMFIT) projects in Guysborough today, April 16. The approvals, granted since March 30, are: last_img read more