2014 In Review

Here are some of the more popular and interesting articles and developments from the past year.

After The Smart Phone: The Smart Home

A new decade is starting, where Smart Home is becoming a reality and the smart phone will become the dashboard of our Smart Home, together functioning as the drivers of the next technology curve - as the first chapter of the real Internet of Things, the Internet of Everything.

Home Automation: The Newest Way To Improve Homes

As smartphones started to become more and more prevalent, it was inevitable that people would seek new ways to incorporate them into their lives, including their homes.

Monetization of Connected Homes

The purpose of this study is to increase our understanding of new market entrants; rising consumer demand and willingness to pay; potential areas for growth; and select business models used by the industry to optimize revenue.

Is your house flood proof?

The only time you will see a difference between a floating house and the traditional one is during floods - when your house rises above the water and your neighbor's stays put and slowly sinks under the water.

The Cloud Success, Residue is All Your Fault

OMG someone suddenly discovered that cloud storage isn't you know... up there! And they aren't soft, fluffy, light. In fact they aren't really terribly efficient. But as long as their energy-sucking tilt-up buildings aren't in your backyard it's okay. In defense of the folks running them they're trying to make them more environmentally friendly. But still if you're going to put your most precious, most sensitive, most irreplaceable documents, data, images there you've also got that "little" problem of hackers, whackers, cybertheives going where they can have a better ROI (return on investment) for their labor. We all have to use the cloud - heck we're using it even when we don't realize it - but it's a lot like eating...use a little common sense.

Impact of Smart Grid on Connected Homes

The Continental Automated Buildings Association (http://www.caba.org), through its Connected Home Council (http://www.caba.org/connected-home-council) and new Research Program, has begun work on its Impact of Smart Grid on Connected Home 2012 study. Ron Zimmer, CABA President & CEO describes the organization and project.

Top Home Automation Products & Services Recognized

HAA's Mark of Excellence Awards recognize the finest achievements in home automation. 1999 Award winners and finalists were recognized at the Mark of Excellence Awards presentation during the Home Automation Show & Conference, February 8-10 in Orlando. The Home Automation Association is the trade association of the home control industry. HAA members include manufacturers, distributors, dealers, installers and service providers of home automation products. Home automation integrates lighting, entertainment, security, HVAC and telecommunications to provide enhanced energy efficiency, convenience and safety for homes.

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