Internet of things Podcast – Almond ’s nutty idea: Making sensor connectivity a snap

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Today’s podcast features the CEO of Secuifi where we’ll talk about how to connect your home and why. We’ll also talk about the standards battle making it hard for consumers to jump into the connected home.

What do you need for the Internet of things? It’s not entirely clear yet, but what we do know is that right now there are several ways to connect devices to the home network but a consumer doesn’t really want to have to wonder how to connect a Zigbee thermostat to their home Wi-Fi network. That’s why router startup Securifi has produced the Almond+ router that aims to build a home network-capable router that will include Wi-Fi, Zigbee and Z-Wave controlled by a touch screen. The goal is to automatically connect sensors into your home network much like you can bring in a Wi-Fi capable device and have it just work when you bring it onto the network.


SAE and Zigbee team up to make plug-in cars charge smarter
We’re no strangers to Zigbee around these parts, using the various Alliance-certified devices to monitor our power usage and let our refrigerators talk to our washing machines. Soon our cars might be able to get in on that little conversation with the Zigbee Alliance and SAE International starting to work together. SAE develops standards and certifications in the automotive industry (amongst many others) and it embracing Zigbee Smart Energy means that we should see many more auto manufacturers adopting this tech to enable their cars to talk to the grid straight through their plugs. They’ll be able to do things like provide charging status updates and to pull down utility pricing information, ensuring your ride charges when rates are lowest. Many current and most upcoming electric cars can do this sort of thing, but they rely on wireless data connectivity to do so. Zigbee would eliminate that. No word on which manufacturers will jump on first, but given the pull the SAE has we think many will. 
Engadget

electricpower:

SAE and Zigbee team up to make plug-in cars charge smarter

We’re no strangers to Zigbee around these parts, using the various Alliance-certified devices to monitor our power usage and let our refrigerators talk to our washing machines. Soon our cars might be able to get in on that little conversation with the Zigbee Alliance and SAE International starting to work together. SAE develops standards and certifications in the automotive industry (amongst many others) and it embracing Zigbee Smart Energy means that we should see many more auto manufacturers adopting this tech to enable their cars to talk to the grid straight through their plugs. They’ll be able to do things like provide charging status updates and to pull down utility pricing information, ensuring your ride charges when rates are lowest. Many current and most upcoming electric cars can do this sort of thing, but they rely on wireless data connectivity to do so. Zigbee would eliminate that. No word on which manufacturers will jump on first, but given the pull the SAE has we think many will. 

Engadget

electricpower:

CAP (Compact Application Protocol) is Arch Rock’s proposal to run ZigBee Application Profiles such as Smart Energy and Home Automation over a standard Internet Protocol (IP) stack. CAP brings the benefits of the ZigBee Application Profiles to a whole new set of devices on diverse networks, including Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and HomePlug, while preserving the resource efficiency and compactness crucial to devices running on IEEE 802.15.4 low-power radio.Arch Rock  >IP + ZigBee = CAP

CAP (Compact Application Protocol) is Arch Rock’s proposal to run ZigBee Application Profiles such as Smart Energy and Home Automation over a standard Internet Protocol (IP) stack. CAP brings the benefits of the ZigBee Application Profiles to a whole new set of devices on diverse networks, including Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and HomePlug, while preserving the resource efficiency and compactness crucial to devices running on IEEE 802.15.4 low-power radio.
Arch Rock >IP + ZigBee = CAP