A paper released this week highlights that ‘smart’ means different things to different stakeholders on the Internet of Things value chain.
A wifi-connected fridge is being marketed and sold to consumers as a smart appliance. So it’s smart. Not so, says Dutch connected homes company GreenPeak.
In its new report this week GreenPeak said that having a smart device means that it has the ability to “analyse the incoming data and then make a decision to control or activate a device within the home or facility – without having a human being required to press the on/off button”.
The company says that instead of expecting consumers to manually control so-called smart devices, they should be offered smart services
. Think of a butler says GreenPeak. They don’t need to be programmed to open the door or turn a light on, they just do it. The Internet of Services should use the same model, using data to know when to use a smart window sensor or smart door bolt.
The concept of a butler-like presence controlling my smart appliances to anticipate my every need certainly sounds appealing assuming he is the loyal, trustworthy type that won’t hack my bank account and run off with the family silver.
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In smart meter components news, US plastics manufacturing company Trinseo has launched an updated range of polycarbonate resins for use in utility rollouts. While in the UK, metering and switchgear company Redbourn Group has launched a new safety load switch for use in smart meters.
In Europe, global machine-to-machine company Telit Communications has won a contract with a smart electric meter vendor based in the Netherlands. Under the US$30 million contract, Telit will supply code division multiple access (CDMA) 450 MHz modules for the development of smart electric meters to be deployed by a Dutch energy company.
Global electricity meter sales excluding China will top 173 million units in 2015, accelerate in 2016 and hit a 22% increase by 2020. This is according to a report on the electricity meter market, released on Monday by UK-based research firm Statplan.
In North America, a water utility survey has revealed that three quarters of US providers are planning to spend up to US$1 million on smart water in the next 12 months (75%). The report based on a survey of 86 water utilities found that nine out of 10 water utilities have a smart water plan and around 40% of respondents plan to spend between US$1 million and US$5 million in the next 24 months.
Bold visions call for intelligent solutions, says Diehl Metering. The new market hall in Rotterdam is an architectural milestone that brings a high quality of living and enjoyable shopping under a horse-shoe-shaped roof – with smart building services included. Diehl Metering is supplying the fixed network.