Browsing: IoT

Inspiration
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Many of us have grown up with sci-fi TV shows and the promise of household robots relieving us from the boredom of every day task such as cleaning, cooking, taking the kids to school, walking the dog, and taking the rubbish out. While the C-3PO style of robotic helper may be quite a few decades away, robots are already entering the home in many different ways.

News
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The Internet of Things (IoT) is gaining more and more popularity and is slowly but surely becoming the next big thing on everyone’s lips. Namely, seeing how IoT makes our lives more practical, and helps unleash the full potential of present day technology, it is no wonder that it has already reached out to almost every single device in our household. Because of this, there could be no talk about Internet of things without mentioning how it helps make our printers significantly more intelligent.

Home Automation
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How do you gain both security and privacy in a world where everything is connected to and talking to everything else? To understand how you can achieve these things in a connected world, it’s important to first understand these things and what they mean for you.

Protocols
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Insteon tries to combine the best of both worlds which means it supports powerline communication as well as radio frequency communication. Considering it only as a protocol would be an understatement. It is rather a complete technology stack which also consists of separate protocols for the two different types of communication.

Protocols
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Universal Powerline Bus or short UPB is a communication protocol developed for the needs of home automation. As the name suggests it uses the existing powerlines of homes for sending data. It was developed in 1999 by PCS Powerline Systems and was inspired by the already ubiquitous X10 protocol.

Protocols
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ZigBee is a home automation protocol which was originally invented for the use in Personal Area Networks (PAN). Like Z-Wave it uses low power radio frequency communication which results in long battery lives for ZigBee using devices. The protocal is based on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard and is widely considered as an alternative to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Protocols
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As the oldest protocol on the market, X10 has built up quite some reputation over the last 30 years. X10 was originally designed for powerline communication only but through time the need for wireless communication emerged.