The Internet of Things and Bluetooth

[fa icon='calendar'] Oct 3, 2016 2:03:15 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in BLE, Bluetooth, communication, General, internet, Internet of Things, IoT, mesh network, readwrite, Smart Devices, smart home, tech, Wi-Fi

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By Nathan Rockershousen, Technical Writer

Despite its name, the Internet of Things (IoT) is not constricted to purely internet-based connectivity. In fact, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) solutions are increasing the functionality of IoT devices more successfully than via the internet, creating a more reliable framework for further connectivity. BLE technology will enhance and optimize the overarching operability of smart home devices by creating faster communication speeds and extending signal range.

Even though using the internet to connect devices works very well, it can have inconsistencies in its connection and shorten the battery life of various devices. These issues can be resolved through the use of BLE technology. Using BLE in IoT technology will allow devices to operate for extended periods of time on small power sources. In a readwrite article, it was stated that the new updates to Bluetooth technology made it possible for a coin-cell battery to last for several months, or even several years. Implementing Bluetooth technology within different IoT devices will help make managing a smart home a very energy efficient process.

The improved functionality of the IoT with the use of BLE goes far beyond simply saving power. BLE has the ability to extend the range of connection between devices by nearly four times that of a Wi-Fi network. This makes it a more reliable method for connecting numerous smart devices throughout a home environment. Not only is there a further range, but the communication speeds are revamped and much more capable to fulfill the demands of the always on and always communicating IoT devices.

Smart devices will be able to take full advantage of increased communication speeds and range due to the fact that BLE utilizes mesh networking. This is a network topology that allows for each device to be fully connected to each other within a network, allowing each node to assist in data distribution. The consumer benefit of mesh networking is explained by NXP; “Applications for Bluetooth mesh networks include those found in most every consumer’s home: door locks, lights, HVAC systems, and white goods (washers, dryers, refrigerators, and so on).” A mesh network is reliable for maintaining a smart home environment because individual devices can still communicate if one device runs out of power or is disconnected.

An increasing amount of manufacturers are beginning to integrate Bluetooth technology within their IoT technology. BLE will improve the overall functionality of the IoT and aid in establishing much more sturdy networks that will sustain the operation of numerous devices. This will help consumers create more efficient and powerful smart home environments.

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The Changing Nature of Human Life and the Internet of Things

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 25, 2016 10:55:28 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in connected, Consumer, General, internet, Internet of Things, IoT, network, Smart Devices, smart home, technology

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By Nathan Rockershousen, Technical Writer

The way consumers interact with the objects in their lives is changing at a pace that once seemed impossible. Connectivity that was recently unimaginable will soon be the standard for all technological devices. The Internet of Things (IoT) goes far beyond industrial applications; consumers will be able to receive updates and information about nearly every aspect of their lives with wirelessly connected smart devices. The push for IoT technology is a push for control. Users will have control over their homes, cars, and even their own bodies through wearables. Even though it may seem intimidating to have technology take such an invasive role in consumer life, the benefits created by connectivity outweigh the perceived intrusive nature of smart devices.

The internet-connected devices that are being implemented as a means to create the ultimate smart home are changing the way individuals interact with their environment. IoT devices allow users to establish a network of smart devices, giving the user the flexibility to build an environment optimized for their needs. Smart home connectivity is enabled through powerful software such as the innovative Apple HomeKit, which gives users complete control over a variety of smart devices. Having the ability to control and monitor different aspects of a home gives the user endless possibilities in terms of setting up a custom, optimized environment.

The ability to control a connected network of devices will help save the user a significant amount of money. The most direct application in terms of money being saved is simply having the ability to reduce power usage. IoT devices give the consumer the convenience of being able to operate different devices on timers and manually control devices with their mobile phones. If a thermostat is being controlled, the user can set the air conditioning to only be on when people will be present in that environment. If various lights are left on when the user leaves their home, they have the ability to turn them off remotely. A washing machine can be set to run its wash cycle during electrical quiet periods. These are just a few of the many ways a smart home can be managed to reduce electricity usage and save the consumer money.

The smart home is still in its infancy. Even though the potential for the IoT to continue to improve human life is easily observable, extremely advanced solutions are still on the horizon. This does not mean that there are not functional and efficient devices on the market today, it simply means that there needs to be more hardware available to develop a true network of connected devices. It is essential to begin to create a personalized smart home as the cost of connectivity continues to plummet and smart home solutions become more sophisticated.

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Get Connected: 18 of the Coolest IoT Blogs

[fa icon='calendar'] Oct 16, 2015 11:08:18 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in bonaverde, Featured In, General, Internet of Things, IoT, IoT blogs, Smart Devices, technology

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The Internet of Things, is a technological trend that’s caught on like wildfire this year. IoT devices don’t require much manual effort; these items are designed to be responsive to your needs, to make your life easier. Often called smart devices, they are being developed at a rapid rate across industries, in particular for the kitchen. Imagine a talking refrigerator, a Crockpot where you can change the cooking temperature right from your phone or even a cup that helps you cut back on unhealthy drinking decisions. These aren’t items from some dreamy distant future. They exist right now.

We’ve found 18 IoT blogs exploring this increasingly popular technology, demonstrating products, and posting about smart kitchen items and more.

Read more at Bonaverde.

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The Seven Deadly Sins of the Internet of Things

[fa icon='calendar'] Sep 7, 2015 10:45:21 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Connected Consumer, Internet of Things, IoT, Smart Devices, smart home

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Gluttony-
If you consume all of the latest IoT technology without thought of practical use-cases or common protocols, you have a gluttony problem.

The benefit of the Internet of Things is that it gives both common and uncommon products unlimited possibilities. The difficulty in this lies in knowing what your consumer actually wants and needs and then delivering it to them. Don’t offer a feature just because it’s cool, it may spark interest, but the glory-light of the kitsch and the corny is short-lived. Identify the need and offer a product to fill that need. 

Greed-
If you have an inordinate desire to possess too much in your IoT product, you have a greed problem.

When developing a product for the IoT it’s good to keep in mind that the most expansive device isn’t always the best one. Some companies have defaulted to packing features into their devices, getting swept away by the opportunity that the tech affords, but forgetting about the consumer. Customers want the right product that will work with simplicity in their home.

Pay attention to what your consumers need in order to make your IoT device the best. 

Wrath-
If your product is not up to par compared to other products in the IoT space, your customers will have a wrath problem.

Don’t make a bad product. That’s the bottom line. It will not matter how impressive the idea is if the gadget itself has not gone through all the necessary tests and improvements. Never sacrifice quality for speed. Initially, in an emerging market, there will be a lot of shoddy products: being consistent and reliable will go a long way in raising your brand to the top of the heap. 

Sloth-
If you are slow to market, you have a sloth problem.

This is a difficult balancing game, which is why it is crucial to know your product and your customer. Being flashy can be fun, but hitting the market with a reliable device is the end goal. Get product in your customer’s hands and keep the initial release simple: issue all the bonus features in a later, updated version. Knowing the difference between a hardware problem and a software update could be a game-changer for long-term success.

Envy-
If you are jealous of another’s IoT product, you have an envy problem.

For the time being, the IoT is an inclusive market. Much of the products looking to hit the shelves in the near future are from startups and small companies with big ideas. At this point, providing the ability for devices from different manufacturers to work together is the cornerstone for success. Customers will want to mix-and-match based on which products will be best for their home, and let’s face it, some companies will make certain devices better than you can. The key is to locate your company’s strengths, and focus on the products that can best display your expertise.

Pride-
If you believe your IoT product is perfect, you have a pride problem.

The IoT space is all about innovation: improvement upon old devices for the benefit of the consumer. No product in this space is ever perfected, with the push for new ways to connect and share information; these devices will always be growing and evolving in the process. As IoT manufacturers, it is important to stay on top of the tech, constantly interweaving new use-cases and features into the original shell of their product.

Lust-
If you desire money, fame and power from your IoT product, you have a lust problem.

Home Automation and the IoT is generally new territory for most companies. It’s natural to hit some bumps along the way due to unforeseen difficulties and major breakthroughs in technology. Don’t tell yourself that you’re sitting on a goldmine: keep your head down and dedicate your company to consistently improving your product and you might just make it.

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