In my last article I talked about my thermostat and the Internet of Everything [read here] I questioned the true value my smart meter was providing to my home and my wallet. I said what’s missing is a thermostat that helps me understand my energy consumption habits, allows me to stay within budget (and save money!) and eventually take advance of spot prices on energy. Wouldn’t that be cool?!
The good news is that there are products on the market today that are heading in the right direction. Nest, recently acquired by Google for $3.2 billion [read here], offers a “learning thermostat” which Bill MacGowen wrote about earlier in his post: My home thermostat and the Internet of Everything” [read here].
The Nest acquisition is a big deal and there’s already discussions starting to surface on what Google plans to do with the data they will gather from Nest devices. Why is Google getting into the energy management and HVAC market? What will they do with the data? Will there be ads showing up on my Google thermostat? This led me to wonder who else was in this market space? Are there any alternatives to Nest? Of course there are but they’ve been overshadowed by Nest because of the origins of it’s founder (Apple) and Google’s recent purchase.
One of them is ecobee, a Canadian company. While they may not be a household name (yet) they’ve been around since 2007 plugging away and growing their business organically. I reached out to ecobee because I wanted to learn more about the company, it’s founder and his thoughts on where he sees the future heading for IoT/IoE. Below is part one of my email conversation with the founder and CEO of ecobee, Stuart Lombard.
1)Tell us a little bit about yourself and your company?
I started my career building control systems for large international electric utilities. Then I caught the ‘Internet’ bug and founded two successful companies – one of the first internet service providers in Canada, InfoRamp Inc., and one of the first virtual private networking companies, at the time called Isolation Systems Ltd. Read More »
Tags: #ciscochampion, ecobee, Energy Management, Google, Internet of Things (IoT), smart technology, thermostat
#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists, hosted by Cisco’s Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja). This week we’re talking about the Internet of Things (IoT) with guest moderator, Cisco’s Lauren Friedman (@lauren)
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Tags: #CiscoChampionRadio, #IoE, Internet of Everything, Internet of Things (IoT), IoT, IOx
Hannover Messe is once again upon us. The world’s premier industrial technical showcase will be held in Hannover, Germany from April 7-11, 2014. Last year’s faire had a clear focus on the “The Integrated Industry”, often referred to “Industry 4.0 and “Smart Factory”
This year the motto for the world’s biggest industry fair is “Integrated Industry – NEXT STEPS!” The next steps towards the intelligent, self-organizing factory are examined from every angle and field of study. From M2M to 3D visualization, from bulk forming to nanotechnology, everything is focused on taking the next step.
Cisco will feature our industry leading technology and product solutions that empower the “Integrated Industry – NEXT STEPS!” in the SmartFactory KL booth located in Hall 8, Stand D20. SmartFactory KL is a demonstration that showcases the integration of multi-vendor solutions and products into a highly flexible production plant. The demonstration will showcase how interoperability enables:
- Quick setup and modifications of multi-vendor assets
- Modular, extendable concepts to fit the needs of the SmartFactory
- Product changes in real-time
- Construction of a versatile R&D platform for production automation and related IT
Cisco provides a complete and unique breadth of infrastructure including wired and wireless routing and switching, physical video, compute, and communications solutions to uniquely support and enable current and future SmartFactory 4.0 requirements.
The SmartFactory demo shows how you can leverage Cisco’s Connected Factory architecture to converge IT and Operational Technology (OT) systems and create an integrated enterprise smart engine that:
- Integrates Cisco’s video and unified communication platforms with real-time plant floor data
- Scales and leverages global experts remotely for increased operational efficiency and innovation
- Secures plant assets and improves operational workflows at each work cell
- Analyzes and views KPI information on any device at anytime with location based services
So, come by and visit us at Hall 8, Stand D20. Our Cisco Subject Matter Experts will be available to discuss topics that are specific to your business and technology imperatives.
See you at the show!!!
Tags: AP1552, Cisco Industrial Smart Solution, collaboration, connected factory, Hannover Messe, IE2000, IE3000, Industrial Automation, Industry 4.0, Internet of Things (IoT), IoT, mobile, SmartFactory
Security concerns surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT) is a topic that’s beginning to gain quite a head of steam lately, and for good reason. But it’s also important to note that IoT can dramatically improve the overall security posture of your organization.
Read the full Beyond Security Concerns: IoT Also Provides Security Benefits! blog post to learn more.
Tags: Internet of Things (IoT), IoT, security
This week I had the opportunity to attend the RSA Conference in San Francisco.
The theme for the conference this year was “Share. Learn. Secure” with a focus on recent breaches, surveillance programs and DDoS attacks with:
- Hundreds of educational sessions with insights, best practices and real implementation case studies
- Live keynote speakers
- Two expos featuring hundreds of solutions including Cisco and Sourcefire booths featuring threat-centric security solutions to reduce complexity, provide visibility, continuous control, and advanced threat protection
Cisco’s Chris Young, SVP, Cisco Security Business Group, and Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, delivered the keynote “The New Model of Security” sharing our vision and strategy Intelligent Cybersecurity for the Real World.
If you did not attend RSA in person, starting March 3 you can view an on-demand webcast of the keynote.
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Tags: cybersecurity, government, Internet of Everything, Internet of Things (IoT), secure BYOD, secure cloud