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Qualcomm Brings New Wi-Fi Solution and Software Ecosystem Support to Enhance Development for IoT

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced at COMPUTEX 2016 that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., is extending its flagship QCA401x connectivity solutions with a new product. The new QCA4012 chip brings dual band Wi-Fi, enhanced security, low power, and a small size at a price point that best supports the development of connected devices. Qualcomm Technologies also announced the expansion of the QCA401x software ecosystem to include support for HomeKit™, Google Weave™ and AllJoyn®, as well as new cloud providers.

Premier Wi-Fi Connectivity Solution for the IoT
The introduction of the QCA4012 brings dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity to complement the existing QCA4010 single-band solution, making the new chip well-suited for applications in interference-sensitive environments. It also offers increased computing performance, memory and advanced features while minimizing size, cost and power consumption. The QCA4012 integrates low-power Wi-Fi and a fully featured micro-control unit (MCU) in a single-chip solution that combines design flexibility and rich development capabilities with a comprehensive set of hardware interfaces. Detailed features include:

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SENSORO Secure Eddystone-EID Beacons are advancing IoT implementations

In July, 2015, Google launched EddystoneTM, an open beacon format that supports Android and iOS devices, which is expected to bring about significant advances in beacon device application. On April 14, Google released the technical specifications for EID, a new frame type for Eddystone to enable a more secure beacon signal. SENSORO, an Eddystone manufacturer, simultaneously provided technical support for Eddystone-EID.

It is well known that Eddystone could support multiple frame types, indicating it could perform a variety of functions. So far, there are four different frame types under Eddystone: UID, URLs, Ephemeral Identifiers (EIDs) and TLM Data.

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Breakthrough low power HD video-audio for IoT Homekit solutions

GainSpan Corporation, in collaboration with OmniVision Technologies and Microsemi Corporation, today introduced the GS-ADK-Video+FD-Audio reference design, a low-power, battery-operated reference design capable of streaming high definition (HD) video and two-way, telephony quality audio over Wi-Fi networks. The GS-ADK-Video+FD-Audio platform was developed in response to the rapidly growing IoT market for audio and video streaming products in smart homes, and is designed to help speed up customers’ time-to-market by reducing product development costs and cycle times. Through this collaboration, customers benefit from each company’s leadership in their respective fields: OmniVision’s low-power video processor solutions; Microsemi’s advanced audio analytics algorithms; and GainSpan’s expertise in low-power, cloud-connected Wi-Fi solutions.

The highly optimized IoT video and audio platform is the trio’s first reference design collaboration, and sets a new standard for real-time, interactive imaging experience in home IoT products such as smart video doorbells, battery-operated cameras and baby monitors.

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HealthKit to help Diabetes with the Accu-Chek Connect App

Roche Diabetes Care today announced the integration of the Accu-Chek Connect System with the Apple Health app on iPhone. The integration will allow patients using the Accu-Chek Connect app to share data with HealthKit and easily view their blood glucose levels and carbohydrates in the Health app alongside other activity and health information.

The Accu-Chek Connect system is a diabetes management system that consists of the Accu-Chek Aviva Connect meter, an app (accu-chek.com/connect-ios), and an online portal that allows patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers to view, share, and access blood glucose data anytime, anywhere.

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Lyric Round Thermostat 2nd Gen talks to Siri

Busy lives and the demands of ever-changing schedules have consumers clamouring for products to help them connect to their homes and simplify their days. Honeywell makes that easier with the new second generation Lyric Round Wi-Fi Thermostat, now compatible with Apple HomeKit for control using Siri, and easy integration into other current smart home ecosystems.

The second generation Lyric thermostat features the same sleek aesthetic and intuitive features of the original, such as location-based, customised temperature control. It also can be easily integrated into other current ecosystems, such as Samsung SmartThings, and can link to many home products and services that customers choose, including those from Honeywell, such as the Lyric security system.

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EKOOR Proximity Beacons can (de)activate devices on ones present

EKOOR, a Green Energy Promoter in IoT, has launched a series of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons that are aimed towards many applications including smart home automation. The Beacons are primarily powered by ambient light and need no battery swap for many years. EKOOR is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to support the production of these beacons in what would be an effort to keep the unit’s market price as low as possible.

What are Proximity Beacons?
They are small Bluetooth low energy devices that broadcast small radio signals known as iBeacon or eddystone which many smart phones can pickup and interpret information, such as the approximate distance to the Beacon. Knowing such proximity information opens up possibilities to a whole new set of applications including smart home automation and proximity advertising to name a few.

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More HomeKit goodies - the Sense Smart Deadbolt

Schlage®, a brand of Allegion plc that has created the most technologically advanced lock products to help consumers secure their homes for more than 95 years, is showcasing new features for the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt as well as the new Schlage Control™ Smart Locks for multi-family properties at the 2016 International Builders’ Show. The brand will also be featuring their latest styles, the Northbrook™ Lever, Upland™ Trim and Collins™ Trim, as well as their recently launched Satin Brass and Polished Nickel finishes, which are opening the door to thousands of customised design and finish options reflecting a homeowner’s individual style.

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CastleOS HUB is HomeKit competitor but iOS compatible

Using the power of Windows 10, consumers have a choice of two options: CastleOS software installed on their own computer, or the unique CastleOS-powered CastleHUB plug-n-play home controller.  CastleOS uses the Microsoft Kinect and/or Cortana to create a natural user interface to their smart home, allowing interactive voice control with all smart devices. CastleOS allows a user to monitor, control and interweave all devices into an unparalleled harmony of smart device performance.  Equally important, all functions can be monitored and controlled on any smart phone, including iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows, in addition to the voice interface.

No matter where a person is located, total control of every smart home device, from heating and lighting to security or feeding a pet, is possible with CastleOS.  Smart devices like the Nest, Phillips Hue lighting, plus devices for security, heating/AC, pet feeding and entertainment, are all manageable by CastleOS.

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More HomeKit stuff from CES The Kwikset Premis Smart Door Lock

Kwikset®, a leading manufacturer of smart locks, today announced Premis, its first Apple HomeKit™-compatible smart door lock. Premis offers homeowners the convenience of unlocking and locking the door using Siri voice controls and best-in-class, patented security features, including SecureScreen™ and the latest version of Kwikset SmartKey® security.

“Kwikset closely listens to feedback and monitors new technologies to develop products that meet consumer needs,” said Keith Brandon, Vice President of Residential Access Solutions, Kwikset. “Premise was specifically developed to work with Apple HomeKit, a simple and secure smart home technology we truly believe in and are excited to support.”

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iDevices announces 4 HomeKit goodies for Siri

iDevices®, the preeminent brand in the connected home industry, introduces four new products to its growing connected home product line. The additions, announced at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2016, include the iDevices Socket, Wall Switch, Dimmer Switch and Wall Outlet. These build upon iDevices’ first three Homekit™-enabled products; the iDevices Switch (indoor connected plug), Outdoor Switch (rain-tight, dual outlet connected plug) and Thermostat, currently available online and at retailers nationwide. Through the use of Apple HomeKit technology, iDevices is able to provide an easy, secure way for its users to control their home’s lights, outlets, thermostats, and more from their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and with Siri® voice commands.

These new products embody iDevices’ mission of evolving people’s homes through responsive, HomeKit-enabled products that enhance everyday life. The iDevices Connected app, provides users with ultimate convenience, comfort and security allowing them to control their home using their iOS 8.1+ mobile phone or tablet from anywhere.

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