Since the world’s first smart building appeared in 1984 in the United States, the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia, and other more economically developed countries and regions have proposed various smart home solutions. The United States and some European countries have been leading the world in this area of research, with Japan, Korea and Singapore following closely behind.
Smart Home System R&D Overview
In recent years, many well-known foreign companies, led by Microsoft and Motorola, have established R&D centers for smart home systems. For example, the “Future Home” developed by Microsoft, the “Home Gate” developed by Motorola, and the “Family Director” developed by IBM have all matured.
The Singapore model of home intelligence system includes three meters reading function, security alarm function, video intercom function, monitoring center function, home appliance control function, cable TV access, household information message function, home intelligence control panel, intelligent wiring box, broadband network access and system software configuration.
In Japan, in addition to the realization of indoor home appliances automation network, but also through biological authentication to achieve an automatic door recognition system, the user stand in front of the entrance camera, the door will be automatically recognized, if confirmed as a resident, the door will automatically open, no longer need the user to open the door with a key.
In addition, Japan also developed an intelligent toilet seat. When a person sits on the toilet, a blood pressure meter and blood glucose monitoring device will automatically detect their blood pressure and blood glucose. At the same time, there is a weight machine installed in front of the washbasin. When a person washes his hands, you can measure the weight, the test results will be saved in the system.
Australia’s smart home is characterized by making the house 100% automatic and will not see any manual switch, such as a button for pushing the door, through the internal installation of a simulated finger to achieve automatic opening.
The pool is connected to the bathroom water supply system, enabling automatic filling or draining of water; the garden’s automated irrigation system will stop when it rains, etc.
In addition, most of the surveillance video equipment is concealed in the room’s lotus guards, with only one plasma screen installed for observation. Insecurity, the Australian smart home is also very well done, security system in the number of sensors, even if a tiny insect, the system can detect.
The exterior of Spanish homes is typical of the traditional European style, but the intelligent design of the interior is different. For example, when there is enough natural light in the room, the sensor lights will automatically turn off to reduce energy consumption.
Weather sensors are installed on the roof to measure climate and temperature data at any time. When it rains, the irrigation system is automatically turned off, and when the sun is strong, the awnings in the rooms and yard are automatically opened. The floor is covered with automatic dust collectors, which will remove all the garbage and dust from the floor instantly with simple remote control. It can be said that the Spanish intelligent home system is full of art.
Korea Telecom describes their smart home system this way: users can operate any appliance in the home at any time and any place while also being able to access any service. For example, using the audio-visual equipment in the living room, users can record TV programs to the hard disk on-demand, and the TV set and PC will have a TV program guide. The recorded programs can be played and enjoyed on the TV or PC at any time.
The smart refrigerator in the kitchen becomes the control center for other intelligent appliances. The smart refrigerator Providing delicious recipes, Internet access, and TV viewing. The bedroom is equipped with a home health check system that monitors the patient’s pulse, temperature, respiratory rate, and other symptoms so that the doctor can provide immediate medical care.
South Korea also has a home security system called Nespot. Whether the user is at home or away, can through the miniature surveillance cameras, sensors, detectors, etc., instantly understand the status of the home. At the same time, the user can also remotely control the lighting switch, creating an atmosphere of someone at home. When the remote discovery of emergencies, users can also call the emergency center.
Smart Home launches its own business.
After integrating resources, foreign operators will generate their own business, launching their business platform, smart devices and smart home systems. At present, Deutsche Telekom, Samsung and Helo Home Appliances have built smart home business platforms. Some companies, such as Verizon, have launched their intelligent products, while others have created their smart home systems as a hub device interface and integrated services to achieve remote control. Smart home own business mainly has the following representatives.
Smart home business platform – Qivicon
Together with German utilities, Eon, German eQ-3 electronics, Samsung, Tado, Umet and other companies, Deutsche Telekom has jointly built a smart home business platform Oivicon. This mainly provides back-end solutions, including providing smart home terminals to users and providing integrated application software development and maintenance platforms to enterprises.
Currently, Qivicon’s platform covers a wide range of services in the areas of home broadband, entertainment, consumer and various electronic appliance applications. According to the German Information, Communication and Media Market Research Institute report, the annual turnover of smart home in Germany has reached 20 billion euros. The annual growth rate is double-digit, and smart home can save at least 20% of energy. Oivicon platform services, on the one hand, the German telecommunications bundled users, on the other hand, enhance the operational efficiency of partner companies.
Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport, Construction and Urban Development expert Ray Naylor (Ray Naylor) said: “By 2050, Germany will fully implement the smart home plan, there will be more and more families have a smart home.” The excellent market environment provides favorable conditions for Deutsche Telekom to develop the market.
Verizon offers a variety of services
Verizon bundles subscribers and sells smart devices as a package by offering a variety of services. In 2012, Verizon launched its smart home system, which focuses on security, remote home monitoring and energy usage management. It can regulate home temperature, remote video intercom, remote viewing of home conditions, activating cameras for remote monitoring, remotely locking or unlocking car doors, and remotely turning on or off lights and appliances through computers and smartphones.
AT&T Acquires Affiliated Companies
In 2010, AT&T acquired Xanboo, a home automation startup. In 2013, AT&T joined forces with Cisco and Qualcomm to launch an all-digital wireless home network monitoring business that allows consumers to monitor and control their home devices remotely from their phones, tablets or PCs. In 2014, AT&T acquired DirecTV, a U.S. satellite TV service provider, for $67.1 billion, accelerating its Internet TV service space.
AT&T’s strategy is to turn the smart home system into a hub device interface independent of services and be integrated with them.
Platform-based operation of foreign terminal companies
Currently, the market has emerged entirely based on TCP/IP home smart terminals. These smart terminals fully realize the integration of multiple independent system functions, and on this basis, to add some new functions. The companies that develop these smart terminals are called terminal companies. Among the terminal enterprises, Apple iOS and Samsung are the leaders. Their development of smart terminals, so that more enterprise applications and deeper participation in the business possible, and smart terminals as the main carrier of mobile applications, the growth in the number and performance of mobile applications to play a broader role possible. The terminal enterprises give full play to their product advantages and promote platform-based operation mainly on behalf of the following.
Apple iOS operating system
Apple has realized the platform-based action of smart home, products through the cooperation with smart home device manufacturers. In June 2014, Apple released the HomeKit platform. HomeKit platform is part of iOS8; users can use Siri voice function to control and manage smart door locks, thermostats, smoke detectors, smart appliances and other devices at home.
However, Apple does not have smart home hardware. All hardware is provided in cooperation with manufacturers, such as iDevices, Marvel, Philips (Philips), etc. These manufacturers can interact and synchronize on the iOS operating system, and their home hardware can be directly connected. At the same time, the HomeKit platform will open up the data interface to developers, facilitating innovation in the smart home.
This initiative is expected to enable Apple’s smart devices to become remote controls for the smart home, thereby enhancing Apple’s terminal market competitiveness.
Samsung Smart Home Smart Home Platform
In 2014, Samsung launched its Smart Home platform. With Samsung’s Smart Home platform, smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, smart TVs, etc. can be connected to the smart home devices in the home through the network and control the smart home.
At present, Samsung’s Smart Home platform is still of low quality, and Samsung’s Smart Home platform is mainly for the promotion of its home appliances.
Google (Google) acquisition to accelerate the layout of the smart home
In January 2014, Google acquired Nest, a smart home equipment manufacturer, for US$3.2 billion, a move that not only made Nest famous but also triggered a high level of concern for smart home in the industry.
Nest’s main products are automatic thermostats and smoke alarms, but Nest does do not only these two products, but also a smart home platform.
In Nest smart home platform, developers can use Nest’s hardware and algorithm to connect Nest products with other brands’ smart home products through NestAPI.
In Nest smart home platform, developers can use Nest’s hardware and algorithms to connect Nest products with other smart home products through NestAPI, and then realize intelligent control of home products. Moreover, Nest supports Control4 smart home automation system; users can operate Nest’s devices through control4’s smart devices and remote control.
Thus, Google’s own huge data advantage plus Nest’s advantage of data production, data may be more refined, thereby enhancing the user’s smart home experience.
After that, Google acquired Dropcam and Revolv. The first is a WiFi camera lens manufacturer. The second is a smart home platform developer, the acquisition of these two smart home startups so that Google in the home market share to expand further.
In the future, Google will prioritize the development and extension of smart home, smart home hardware, wearable devices and smart cars, especially Google Glass and Android Wear intelligent wearable devices.
Smart home brand introduction
Smart home has become the following development trend for significant enterprises. Enterprises are looking for new opportunities and new growth points, entrepreneurs are looking for new entrepreneurial opportunities, capital and media are behind the smart home, and together they create the starting point for the mature, smart home in the future. The following is a list of foreign smart home brands.
Honeywell International is a diversified high-tech manufacturing company with a turnover of more than US$30 billion. Its business involves aerospace products and services, turbochargers, building and industrial control technologies, automotive products, and specialty materials.
Honeywell International is an international company engaged in the development and production of automation products. Founded in 1885, Honeywell International was named one of the 20 most admired high-tech companies by Fortune Magazine in 1996. The company is a world leader in diversified technology and manufacturing with a mission to increase comfort, improve productivity, conserve energy, protect the environment, safeguard lives and property, and achieve mutually beneficial growth.
The Honeywell International Smart Home System is dedicated to providing users with a “total system solution”, a residential intelligence system based on an Ethernet platform that integrates security, comfort and convenience. It connects all home appliances, lighting, temperature control, security, entertainment and other environmental control devices through the home gateway. Truly realizing the networking of home information and power, creating a new intelligent space for people while making their lives easier and more convenient.
Founded in March 2003 and headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Control4 Technologies, Inc. is a well-known company specializing in the research, development, production and sales of smart home products, and currently has distributors and offices in more than 50 countries and regions worldwide.
Control4’s primary technology is ZigBee wireless communication technology. titleZigBe is a wireless digital network similar to CDMA and GSM networks. The ZigBee wireless digital module is similar to a base station for mobile networks, with unlimited distance support. This technology is now widely used in the field of automatic control and remote control, in which Zigbee devices can relay signals to each other. Each device is the transmitter and receiver of the signal.
Control4 offers a complete line of wired and wireless control products, with advanced connectivity and control methods that allow engineers to test complete systems in just a few hours. At the same time, the modularity of the products will enable users to configure Control4 systems to suit their unique lifestyles easily. Control4 makes intelligent control systems easy to install and expand through the successful home application of ZigBee wireless transmission and self-organizing network technology for industrial automation.
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