IoT news of the week for May 25, 2018

Siemens snaps up Enlighted: Possibly to counter Osram’s 2017 purchase of Digital Lumens, Siemens is acquiring Enlighted for an undisclosed amount. Enlighted supplies smart IoT systems for business, but the company’s core products are its lighting controls. These work with multi-function sensors for automation, which can help businesses using Enlighted save on power costs. After all, there’s no value in illuminating

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Hubitat makes a strong case for the cloud-less smart home hub

On the most recent IoT Podcast, we talked about the Hubitat Elevation: A new smart home hub that doesn’t connect to the cloud. Instead, Hubitat keeps all of the device rules, automations and data locally. With all of the recent news about data privacy issues, social media manipulation and the like, I’ve been wondering if we really need cloud-based hubs.

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IoT news of the week for May 18, 2018

Google plays hardball with hardware partners: This story actually focuses on Sonos playing hardball with Google over patents, with Sonos making an implicit threat to sue Google over patent infringement, but it also notes that Google has tried to demand that hardware partners not work with Amazon’s Alexa if they want to have the ability to also control Google Assistant. That’s terrible for

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Podcast: New Wi-Fi standards and robots

The Misty II is cute and somewhat affordable. The Wi-Fi Alliance has created a new standard for mesh networks, and Kevin and I are on top of it, discussing what it means, who’s participating, and whether or not it matters. We then tackle Sigfox’s new sensorand network in a box offering before sharing details on a new home hubfrom Hubitat that keeps your data local. Kevin

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