Lack of interoperability is one major challenge in the smart home marketplace. Software and cloud platform providers are developing solutions to enable interoperability among devices, regardless of what protocols their customers are using. Data analytics service has been used for monetization, enabling more effective product development and resource allocation. The new cloud platforms are designed to enhance user experience, manageability and business revenue.
We introduce six cloud platform and software services launched at CES 2016 that you cannot miss. Whether you have your own software team or need to team up with the third-party companies, the innovations showcased here will provide you with several beneficial ideas for improving your business.
They are ADT canopy, Arrayent Connect Platform, CentraLite Jilia, DSR ZBOSS, Panasonic ÔRA and Zonoff Z1 Software Suite.
Besides the products, you can check our post-CES report:
ADT Canopy was launched as a Security-as-a-Service solution at CES this year to strengthen its presence in the consumer market, to be available this spring. It is a flexible month-to-month and contract-free 24/7 professional monitoring services to popular wearable devices, connected hubs, life safety products and point devices. By working with hardware suppliers like LG, Samsung SmartThings and Wink, users can access ADT Canopy directly through those vendors’ mobile app for the services. ADT Canopy will offer three services – Panic for immediate emergency response, Intrusion for intruder alert, and Life Safety for fire, smoke and CO2 detection and notification. Users can have instant access to emergency assistance with in-app panic buttons.
Arrayent Connect Platform is designed to create unified connection capabilities among end devices, software and the cloud. Arrayent provides an Internet of Things platform that enables trusted consumer brands to quickly and securely deliver connected products and systems to market. By transforming traditional products into connected devices, Arrayent helps manufacturing customers develop new opportunities and lucrative channels for new, innovative products. With the platform, companies can understand customer demands for new features and product updates.
It is challenging and costly to build a cloud-based infrastructure to link a large number of connected devices. Jilia is a cloud-based IoT framework that allows developers to create IoT connectivity between smart devices in an affordable way by using a single API framework. The connected devices and apps developed with Jilia can communicate with all other devices via any existing protocol like ZigBee, Z-Wave, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Thread.
DSR provided an upgraded version—ZBOSS 3.0 for ZigBee developers. The software supports products integrated with IEEE 802.15.4 chipsets that operate at either the global 2.4 GHz frequency standard or regional sub 1GHz frequencies. It is also compatible with ZigBee GreenPower feature which allows for battery-less operation via energy harvesting power sources. With the multi-hop mesh networking feature, ZBOSS 3.0 extends the reach of networks and provides redundant communication paths to eliminate single points of failure.
Home appliance markers are one of major market players to push the smart home market move forward. Instead of using others’ software platform, Panasonic developed ÔRA, which is an open software platform that connects over 100 endpoints and supports lifestyle learning with geo presence.
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The Z1 Software Suite delivers new capabilities to Zonoff’s B2B clients with zControl, zCloud, zCommunicate, Zonoff Development Kit (ZDK) to streamlined operations and business process integration. The software suite offers new capability to integrate with subscription-based home services like home repair and improvement services, replenishment, professional home monitoring. It also allows chip vendors to demonstrate their reference smart home solutions to the market with the software. The software also shows customer history and provides data analytics as marketing tools and services. Zonoff Insights can identify marketing and up-sell opportunities, enable better risk management, and reveal geographic distribution of products and channels.