Home automation

White Paper Focuses on Digital Enhanced Cordless Technology

A new white paper by DSP Group describes how DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Technology) technology can support a broad array of home automation applications including lighting control, home security, telehealth, and smart energy/grid management systems. DECT is a prominent, short-range wireless technology for meeting home automation market challenges.

Making our Homes as Smart as Our Cars

Writing in the Energy Collective, Christine Hertzog opined that it is not easy to accurately predict the future, however, we can use history and examples of similar solutions to help us consider how new technologies could be incorporated into popular use.  We should, therefore be thinking about what’s been done with cars and apply the same thought processes to creating useful Smart Grid solutions for homes that consumers will want to adopt.


ByteSnap Launches Low Power ZigBee Smart Energy Module

ByteSnap Design has announced the release of the ZMM-01, the industry’s first ZigBee Smart Energy compliant module to combine lower power, faster deployment, and trouble-free compliance with wireless standards in a single, low power platform. The ZMM-01 also provides a Real Time Clock, accurate up to 2ppm.

RF Monolithics Introduces New Compact Module

RF Monolithics, which provides M2M wireless technology, has introduced the ZPM3570 2.4 GHz ZigBee Pro module at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) 2011 taking place in California’s Silicon Valley. Its compact size, 1MB data logging flash memory, and ZigBee Smart Energy and Home Automation Profiles support, makes the ZPM3570 a good choice for establishing smart homes that can control appliances, lighting, environment, energy management and security.

HomeGrid Forum Reports Smart Grid Standards Breakthrough

The HomeGrid Forum has announced that the G.hnem standard has entered the final stages of approval at the UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The global G.hnem standard is for low frequency (9-500 KHz) power line communications (PLC) for smart meters, energy management systems, electric vehicle communications, control, and home automation.

Plogg Monitors Appliances in the Home

Energy Optimizers Limited’s (EOL) Web-enabled metering device, the plogg, has enabled researchers to evaluate monitoring solutions for individual appliances and electronic devices to improve energy efficiency in the home and across the electricity grid. The plogg is used in research and field trials offering access to accurate and high resolution at the data capture level.

HAN Presenting Utilities with New Opportunities

According to global research firm ON World, multi-billion dollar Smart Grid initiatives are driving technology advances for the smart home and the Internet of Things. It’s expected that by 2020, 150 million smart meters with a Home Area Network (HAN) gateway will have been deployed.

Texas Instruments Unveils New Development Kit

Texas Instruments (TI) has announced the new PLC Development Kit which the company says reflects its commitment to provide comprehensive products and tools for power line communications (PLC) development. The Development Kit is based on the industry’s only PLC modem solution capable of supporting multiple modulation and protocol standards on a single hardware platform.