Philips Lighting and the telecommunication company, Huawei Technologies, have signed a partnership agreement to ensure the seamless interoperability of the Philips Hue connected lighting system for the home with Huawei’s OceanConnect Internet of Things (IoT) platform. The partnership will further enhance the user experience by enabling Philips Hue lighting products to work seamlessly with other connected devices. The agreement with Huawei brings together global leaders in IoT networking and connected lighting. It opens the door for many more consumer products to interoperate with Philips Hue and extends the reach of our lighting system into the growing connected home market.
Sigma Designs, the integrated circuit manufacturer that owns Z-Wave smart-home technology, announced that it has released the interoperability layer of its Z-Wave technology to the public domain. Sigma Designs is also releasing the specifications for the APIs that internet gateways use to communicate with Z-Wave devices in the home: Z-Wave over Internet Protocol and Z-Wave middleware. The company is also releasing the full specification for its Z-Wave S2 security framework. This public release of the interoperability layer marks the next major step towards further democratizing smart home standards for the IoT.
The Thread Group and EEBus Initiative announced that the two alliances will collaborate in their efforts to build interoperable solutions for the smart home. The organizations expect their members will benefit from access to key shared resources, including technical specifications and best practices, to help streamline product development. EEBus developed the SPINE model – Smart Premises Interoperable Neutral-message Exchange – to enable interoperable communication between devices and services, independent from market sectors and network protocols. Thread is an IPv6 networking protocol built on open standards for low-power networks that can easily and securely connect hundreds of devices to each other and directly to the cloud.
IFA is the world’s leading trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances. The show opened its doors September 2nd and a wide range of new products were unveiled.
- Netatmo presented their smart radiator valve compatible with Apple HomeKit. Netatmo’s Smart Thermostat lets you control your HVAC system from your iPhone and the new Smart Valves apply the same concept to room-by-room heating radiators by replacing standard knobs.
- LG unveiled a smart fridge, the LG Smart InstaView. This smart fridge is using a 29-inch touchscreen on Windows 10. That means you can launch all kinds of Windows apps on the fridge as well as LG’s own Windows 10 apps.
- Devolo has presented new flush-mounted components for existing wall switches, dimmers and shutter controls being part of the Devolo Home Control.
- Siemens presented its integrated Smart Home with connected and integrated smart appliances. The Home Connect app allows to control all your home appliances via a unifying platform.
- Bosch Smart Home has expanded its home automation system with security appliances like camera’s and smoke alarms.
The Belgium company, Option, is a pioneer in the field of Internet of Things. With its CloudGate gateway, an industrial 3G/4G router, the company delivers technology that allows devices to communicate with each other or the Internet.
The thematic group “Home & Building” from Smart Grids Flanders will organise on September 21st 2016 a seminar on “Smart platforms for a smart life and work future.” where several platforms (ThingWorx, Microsoft,…) will be introduced. Option will also focus on the development of the Internet of Things market.