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Sep 2018 Smart Homes | Comments Off on Connected technologies

Connected technologies

Connected technologies

Thomas Belaisch, VP retail at Schneider Electric, explains how connected devices, installed at the point of distribution, offer unrivalled visibility and form the foundation of a more effective, predictive approach to maintenance We are witnessing an explosion in the number of connected devices. Thanks to the uptake of Internet of Things (IoT) technology, our lives […]

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Jul 2018 Heating, Smart Homes | Comments Off on Smart control gets real

Smart control gets real

Smart control gets real

The Alexa generation expects to have control on demand – but it can be expensive. How can you find the solution that fits their expectations as well as their budget? Andy Douglas, MD of Timeguard, may have the answer We hear a lot about smart building control these days, and it doubtless has a huge […]

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May 2018 Latest News, Smart Homes | Comments Off on New BSI Kitemark reassures consumers of security of IoT devices

New BSI Kitemark reassures consumers of security of IoT devices

In response to the growth of internet-connected products, BSI has launched a new BSI Kite-mark for IoT Devices, the first of its kind in the internet of things (IoT) space. It is designed to help consumers confidently and easily identify the IoT devices they can trust to be safe, secure and functional. It is estimated […]

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May 2018 Smart Homes | Comments Off on Renovation means innovation

Renovation means innovation

Renovation means innovation

Modern home improvement is smarter, safer and even more sophisticated, says Michael Bancroft, marketing development and offer manager for wiring accessories at Schneider Elec-tric The explosion in the popularity of smart technologies has changed our perception of ‘home im-provement’. There is no better illustration of this than our altered motivations when it comes to renovation. […]

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Mar 2018 General, Smart Homes | Comments Off on Value vs trust – the IoT paradox

Value vs trust – the IoT paradox

Value vs trust – the IoT paradox

Consumers place great value in their connected devices but are concerned about how their data is being used. Sanjay Khatri, head of IoT platform product marketing at Cisco IoT, examines the issues From intelligent lighting systems to home security and heating that can be controlled remotely from a mobile device, most of us are familiar […]

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Jan 2018 Latest News, Smart Homes | Comments Off on Renfrewshire tackles fuel poverty with IoT technology

Renfrewshire tackles fuel poverty with IoT technology

An IoT initiative underway in Renfrewshire is helping to tackle fuel poverty in social housing and could save local authorities millions of pounds on property management and repair bills. Working with Renfrewshire Council, smart asset management company iOpt Assets has been detecting temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide levels at 50 social homes around Paisley over […]

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Jan 2018 Smart Homes, Training | Comments Off on Knowledge is power

Knowledge is power

Knowledge is power

The role of the electrician is evolving and investing in training is key to staying ahead. Demand for smart technology in the home continues to rise and – with the right knowledge – electricians are ideally positioned not just to install but to advise on the best product to suit the customer’s lifestyle. Honeywell marketing […]

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Nov 2017 Energy Efficiency, Heating, Lighting, Smart Homes | Comments Off on Home automation made Easy

Home automation made Easy

Home automation made Easy

Consumer familiarity with, and demand for, flexible home automation systems is something electrical contractors should capitalise on, says Matt Price, building automation technical engineer at Hager With smartphones and connected devices now commonplace among the population, consumers are both familiar and comfortable with the benefits technology can deliver to their daily lives. Such familiarity has […]

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Nov 2017 Security Systems, Smart Homes | Comments Off on Safe as houses

Safe as houses

Safe as houses

Smart wireless security systems can provide both a comprehensive solution for small businesses and an upsell opportunity to installers, says Emma Segelov of Honeywell Small businesses in Britain are booming – there are currently more than 5.5 million small to medium enterprises (SMEs) listed in the UK, and this number is only likely to increase […]

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Nov 2017 Energy Efficiency, Heating, Smart Homes | Comments Off on Pump up the savings

Pump up the savings

Pump up the savings

Hybrid heating systems that use smart controls could save up to £1.7 billion annually, says PassivSystems Since 2014, PassivSystems has played a significant role in four out of five innovative UK smart heat pump projects highlighted by Delta Energy & Environment (Delta-ee) by installing its PassivLiving home energy platform to measure, manage and aggregate heat […]

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