How does the Internet of Things work in the Smart Home?
The Internet of Things in the smart home or home automation uses Wi-Fi for remote monitoring and uses the Internet of things to control and automate lighting, heating, air conditioning and security, as well as home appliances such as washer/dryers, ovens or refrigerators/freezers.
Smart homes systems generally consist of switches and sensors that are connected to a central gateway hub, which is then controlled with a user interface that is controlled either with a wall-mounted terminal, mobile phone software, tablet computer or a web interface using internet cloud services.
The benefits of Smart Home applications
• Smart Appliance - Smart automatic home appliances not only bring convenience to life but also save energy consumption.
• Smart Meter - Smart Meter makes electricity consumption more accurate, manageable and convenient.
• Smart Entertainment - Smart entertainment boots entertaining experience with flexibility and saves energy consumption.
• Smart Elderly Care - Via home automation to make it possible for older adults and people with disabilities to remain at home, safe and comfortable with IoT Assistive Technology.
• Smart Roof - Smart roof with an integrated sustainable solution for solar, wind and water energy, which creates energy for the house.
• Smart Lighting - Smart control the lights with automation signal system to save energy.
• Smart Security - Build-in alerts and smart surveillance system with facial and voice identification to enhance home safety.
Smart Home standardization activities in Europe and worldwide
There are many competing vendors for the Smart Home market space in Europe and worldwide, but currently there are very few world-wide accepted industry standards which means there are many different protocols for products.
Some of the more popular Smart home product communications protocol include X10, Ethernet, RS-485, 6LoWPAN, Bluetooth LE (BLE), ZigBee and Z-Wave. Each one of these protocols uses its own language to speak the various IoT connected devices and instructs them to perform a function. Most of these protocols require an API for integration and the automation protocol transport requires direct wire connectivity, powerline (UPB), wireless hybrid or wireless connection.
Forecasted by BI Intelligence, the number of smart home devices expects to grow from 83 million in 2015 to around 193 million in 2020. The number includes smart energy equipment, such as smart meter and smart lightning, smart home appliances including washers, toilets, and coffee machines, etc, and smart home monitor and security systems. The smart home concept is with the purpose to use IoT service to help improve convenience, save energy and enhance security.
The role of service providers in the smart home and IoT
Mobile phone operating system providers, Cable, Internet and alarm companies are actively creating platforms and ecosystems to enable them to break into the IoT gateway market. The most successful systems are predicted to those that seamlessly integrates with nearly any vendor’s IoT application and is simple for homeowner to use.
Cellular networks play an important role in the smart home and IoT with the requirement for wireless connectivity for the IoT, with the focus for ultra-reliability and low-latency. JT M2M provide resilient and strong wireless coverage that is being used in smart homes and eHealth services.
When designing their gateways, service providers cover most of the future IoT wireless requirements by supporting a handful of protocols and technologies, like Bluetooth Low Energy, Zigbee and Thread.
Service providers and operators can now enable the integration of third-party IoT devices by using open software platforms within their home gateway, this brings new revenues and helps to increase customer satisfaction.
How JT M2M can help the Smart Home stay connected?
JT are a world class, Tier 1, global communications provider of a full suite of managed products and services. With over 120 years’ experience in telecommunications we are dedicated to delivering world-class services. JT delivers managed network solutions to some of the world's biggest banks and consumer goods firms.
Internet of Things in the Smart Home applications can now be supported by secure, fast and reliable mobile data connectivity using our M2M SIMs that have been designed with an unique Managed M2M Connectivity platform from the SIM up. Our solution provides true global open roaming, eliminating every possible point of failure for your IoT devices.
JT M2M SIMs are designed with no additional software to get in the way and delay connection. No PLMN lists, no JAVA code, no Multi-IMSI code to confuse devices. Plus we allow free hopping between all the networks available in a particular country, with dynamic IP address, fixed IP or IP SEC VPN. JT's network core is geo-redundant and connects to the world through France and the UK.
JT M2M SIMs gives you access to:
• Global M2M roaming data SIMs ensure better coverage.• One SIM card that connects to 600 direct roaming partners helping to provide the best m2m wireless solution.• IoT platform that supports LoRa technology that uses extremely low transmit power levels to allow devices to access the internet and can achieve many of the requirements for long battery life that IoT devices require. • Detect faults faster and eliminate downtime.• Respond quicker and more efficiently.• Enabling Static IP onto your M2M roaming SIMs for secure two-way connectivity with IP VPN.• Fixed Public IP SIMs that allows users to connect IoT devices from anywhere without a VPN.
With 600 Direct Roaming Partners, only JT can deliver global 2G, 3G and 4G LTE multi-network M2M SIM solution competitively priced with great service.
Whatever your M2M wireless applications may be, our M2M solution will transform your security, surveillance, billing and servicing requirements.
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How does the Internet of Things work in the Smart Home?
The IoT ecosystem is enabled through a vast collaboration of organizations across various industries, from device providers, network operators to resellers and enterprises. This may seem complicated at first, but the Internet of Things works through a relatively simple ecosystem that can be broken down into 7 key components.
7 Components of the IoT Ecosystem
• IoT Smart Module Providers • IoT Smart Object• IoT Connectivity• IoT Platform• Software customization• Applications• Customers
Below is the breakdown of the IoT ecosystem, listing down the key activities under each component and an example of some the players active in this space.
Keep your machines talking with robust and reliable IoT SIMs
Our UK Roaming business solutions provide IoT SIM cards that stay connected by roaming across any available UK network.
JT IoT offering is based on Open roaming, deep network insight and real time connectivity control, which ensures the most reliable National Roaming SIM in the UK.
IoT devices installed with our IoT SIMs will automatically switch networks, and use the most appropriate network available. We allow free hopping between all networks, which allows your IoT device to automatically select between Vodafone, O2, EE or 3.
As a SIM card provider, JT offers all sim types that are come with no additional software to get in the way and delay connection. No PLMN lists, no JAVA code, no Multi-IMSI code to confuse devices and no steering or network preference.
JT IoT provides robust and flexible sim connectivity with over-the-air (OTA) IMSI Swap, and provide IoT specific operating system with SIM management platform and bespoke artwork/e-profile.
Our IoT solutions can improve performance and reduce costs, opening new possibilities for M2M and IoT applications.
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