Google’s Smart-Home Plans Include ‘Neighborhood Security Networks’ and Security ratings for homes

Google is toying with the idea of scoring smart homes on how secure they are. “The security score may be generated based on processed home data that may include at least one of various types of data, including, but not limited to, capability data, opportunity data, and environmental data,” the application reads. Continue reading “Google’s Smart-Home Plans Include ‘Neighborhood Security Networks’ and Security ratings for homes”

Smart lighting explained

If you’re new to home automation and want to give it a go, you should probably start with smart lighting. The easiest way to get started with simple home automation is to buy accessories or devices that are specialised for certain tasks. Smart lighting, for instance, gives you flexibility because you can control it with timers, plus you can set schedules and monitor bulb status remotely, etc. Continue reading “Smart lighting explained”

Nest’s New Developer Program Is Another Sign The ‘Internet Of Things’ Moment Has Arrived

Historically, smart thermostat maker Nest has kept its API behind closed doors, allowing only its proprietary products to communicate and build off its connected home platform. Now, the Google-owned company has made a shift, and launched a developer program that opens its API to outside developers. Continue reading “Nest’s New Developer Program Is Another Sign The ‘Internet Of Things’ Moment Has Arrived”