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  • 24 Oct 2014 11:59 AM | Anonymous member

    How Self Learning Systems Will Make Your House Very Smart

    ®   New GreenPeak White Paper “After the smart phone: the Smart Home” is now Available

    ®   Family Lifestyle Systems Rely on a Smart Phone as a Mobile Dashboard

    Utrecht, The Netherlands – 

    GreenPeak Technologies, the industry leading Smart Home semi-conductor/systems company, has created a new white paper titled “After The Smart Phone: The Smart Home” that discusses and explores the importance of the smart phone and other web connected devices to the rapid emergence of the Smart Home.  The new white paper also includes a discussion of Family Lifestyle systems.

    “We are living in a connected world – where much of the population has access to the internet via computers, tablets, games, entertainment and their smart phones,” says Cees Links, CEO of GreenPeak Technologies. “The next step is the Smart Home with a hundred sentrollers that allow the residents to monitor and control the home environment from anywhere with their smart phone. However, the real excitement will be the smart and intelligent home where the house is smart enough to learn how we want to live and then manage the environment to make our lives much more comfortable, safe and efficient - all by using a smart phone as a mobile dashboard.”

    Family Lifestyle systems are a good example of new intelligent home applications. Currently being rolled out by service providers in Europe and China, a Family Lifestyle System is an application in the cloud that connects all the sentrollers (the sensors, the actuators and the controllers, actually all the devices) in the Smart Home. The Family Lifestyle System continuously collects all the data in the home from all the devices, and then learns what the normal patterns in the home are. When do the home’s residents get up in the morning? What energy are they consuming and when?  When do they  leave and come back? Where are they in the house and when do they need light? This application learns what is “normal”, and therefore also learns what is not normal and can send an alert to a smart phone or integrated social media app when something is not quite right or irregular behavior is detected.

    The new GreenPeak “Smart Phones to Smart Homes” whitepaper is available for free download at www.greenpeak.com/smart/

    About GreenPeak Technologies

    GreenPeak Technologies is an award winning fabless semiconductor/system company and the world recognized leader in the IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBee market with a rich offering of semiconductor products and software technologies for Smart Home data communications and the Internet of Things.
    The GreenPeak founders have significantly contributed to the invention of WiFi and made it into a commercial success, used by several billion people today.

    GreenPeak is recognized as a leader in developing new wireless technologies for consumer electronics and Smart Home applications, demonstrating rapid growth and adoption by major customers.

    GreenPeak is privately funded. It is headquartered in Utrecht, The Netherlands and has offices in Belgium, China, France, USA, Japan and Korea.

    For more information, please visit www.greenpeak.com.

    Press Contact GreenPeak
    Elly Schietse
    elly.schietse@greenpeak.com
    Tel +32 52 45 87 30

    Cell +32 479 76 18 25

    Press contact GreenPeak - USA
    SRS-Tech PR for GreenPeak
    Mark Shapiro
    mshapiro@srs-techpr.com

    Tel +1 619 249 7742

  • 20 Oct 2014 6:29 AM | Anonymous member

    Exhibitors and visitors praise making new business connections at the fair

    Concurrent events on intelligent building and smart home development prove popular

    The 2014 edition of the Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology fair opened its doors from 3 – 5 September at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre.  Once again, the show was jointly organised by Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt Co Ltd, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade – Shanghai Pudong Sub-Council and Shanghai Hongshan Exhibition Service Co Ltd. A total of 181 exhibitors across 11,500 sqm of fairground space welcomed a record-breaking 16,876 visitors, a 32% increase over last year, from 42 countries and regions.

    Ms Lucia Wong, Deputy General Manager at Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, commented: "The 2014 show achieved significant results. Many exhibitors were satisfied with the quantity and e of visitors, and believe the fair is an effective way to promote their products and attain more business leads. Meanwhile, visitors were impressed with the professionalism of the show and particularly praised the establishment of the themed areas that facilitated sourcing efficiency. After years of development, the Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology fair has positioned itself as one of the industry's leading trading platforms. Furthermore, its popularity also reflects the rapid growth of intelligent building and smart home sectors in China."

    This year, the show focused on three core themes currently popular in China: building efficiency, smart cities and smart homes. These topics were highlighted in the "Building Energy Saving, Energy Management & Building Automation Zone", "Data Centres and Generic Cabling Zone", and "Home Technology Zone”, and allowed both exhibitors and visitors to maximise their time in targeting appropriate buyers and finding the right solutions, respectively.

    Additionally, the special “Smart Hardwares and Gadgets Innovation Experience Zone” was also created to address huge demand for smart hardware and gadgets in daily life and to facilitate industry innovation.


    Exhibitors and visitors praise making new business connections at the fair

    For leading domestic and international brands, this exhibition is considered an ideal platform for brand and product promotion. Ms Joyce Yang, Marketing Communications Officer from ABB (China) Limited, said: “ABB is a fortune 500 company as well as a global leader in power and automation technologies. We decided to return for the second time because the fair is one of the most professional building technology exhibition platforms in China. To utilise this platform, this year, we showcased our new "‘’’i- home’" and ‘e- home’ systems to meet the requirements of modern Chinese families to live more eco-friendly, convenient and higher-quality lives. I am happy to report that we are extremely impressed with the show as it has exceeded all our expectations. The visitor flow during the show was exceptionally high while both buyers and exhibitors are of high professional qualities.”

    Echoing Ms Joyce Yang was Ms Faye Xiang, Director of Marketing Department at Shanghai Longchuang Eco-energy Systems Co Ltd, who stated: “I was very satisfied with the visitor flow and met a lot of potential clients at the fair, including suppliers and building designers. The Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology fair is a very effective platform for reaching our sales target and we will definitely join again next year.”

    Mr Basil Wai, CEO of the Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association (HKEIA), the organiser of the Hong Kong Pavilion also realized the platform’s benefits and said: “LED products play a very big role in intelligent buildings and our main purpose for exhibiting was to promote our high quality Hong Kong-made to the Chinese mainland. The Shanghai fair is one of the more reputable trading platforms for building technology and this year’s show is bigger than previous years, more organised and boasts stronger visitor attendance. The fair is a good marketing platform to connect with a number of distributors, as well as targeted visitors in the fields of architecture and construction.”

    The fair is also popular amongst newer participants. Newcomer Ms Jane Lee, Marketing Manager at AMX Asia Ltd, commented: “My first impression of the show was positive as the scale is relatively big. I was particularly impressed with the amount of visitors at the
    show. A very large portion of the visitors were professional and showed strong interest in our company’s products. Overall, we
    have benefited a lot from the show and the possibility of us returning next year us high.”

    Visitors were impressed with exhibitors’ comprehensive product and technology displays. Mr Jim Wu, Marketing Manager at WinSafe Technologies (Shanghai) Co Ltd, said: “This is my first time here sourcing smart home products and solutions. Our company is a leading provider of commodity management solutions and we are looking into the smart home market as it is a sector with high growth potential. I must say the overall arrangement of the fair is very professional and there are many good quality exhibitors presenting a wide variety of products. I’m gaining a lot from this visit and have a better understanding about the market trends.”

    Even overseas visitors are attracted to the fair. Mr Fabio Toledo, Chief Technology Officer of Clever Planet in Brazil,stated: “This is our first time at the show and we are very impressed with the collection and quality of the exhibitors, as well as the products they have displayed. The exhibitors at the show are very kind and hospitable. During the morning session, we were able to source from a number of potential business partners and we expect to connect with more business partners in the remaining days of the fair.”


    Concurrent events on intelligent building and smart home development prove popular

    One for the unique aspects of the fair was the strong line up of events that were held alongside the fair. During the show’s first two days, 13 forums and seminars covering more than 60 different topics were held. All fair attendees had the opportunity to meet leading industry experts and discuss the latest trends and most pressing issues facing the region. Some of the noteworthy seminars and forums included:

    • 2014 Modular Data Centres and Cabling Forum
    • Intelligent Building Systems Design and Smart City Forum
    • Energy Performance Contracting Technical Forum
    • CEDIA Future Trends for Home Technology Forum
    • China Smart Home Industry Alliance Forum

    Speaker of the “EnOcean Technical Seminar”, Mr Graham Martin, Chairman & CEO of EnOcean Alliance, commented on the effectiveness of the fair: “The China market is important for us because of the growth potential. We have already collected 10 business cards at the seminar and set up 5 appointments.”

    Speaker of “Intelligent Building Systems Design and Smart City Forum”, Mr Zhang Yonggang, Deputy Director Committee Member of China National Standardization Committee for Digital Techniques of Intelligent Buildings and Residence Communities, shared: “Intelligent buildings and smart cities will be the engine of economic growth. The quality of participants at our forum was very good. You can tell attendees were very interested and the room was almost fully occupied. The forum was very successful.”

    Attendee Mr Chen Jianguo, Product Definition Engineer at Shanghai Belling Corp Ltd, added: “I’ve been consecutively visiting the fair for three years. I noticed that the organiser arranges a lot of value-added forums each year featuring influential speakers from government bodies, academe and business sectors to share their insights. This is really a good initiative, as the audience can learn a lot about government policy and market trends. The show is a good platform for the industry players to exchange ideas to eventually enhance industry development.”

    The 2014 Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology fair was held in conjunction with ISH Shanghai & CIHE – the Shanghai International Trade Fair for Heating, Ventilation & Air-Conditioning, the Shanghai International Lighting Fair, and the Building and Solar China Conference and Exhibition. Spanning 40,000 sqm and hosting more than 600 exhibitors, these events constitute a comprehensive platform for intelligent building technologies and energy-efficient solutions.

    The Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology fair is a part of Messe Frankfurt’s building and energy shows that are headed by the biennial Light + Building event in Frankfurt, which will take place from 13 – 18 March 2016. The show also follows a series of light and building technology events in China, including:

    Beijing International Building Technology
    Spring 2015

    Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology
    9 – 12 June 2015

    Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition
    9 – 12 June 2015

    Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology
    23 – 25 September 2015

    Shanghai International Lighting fair
    23 – 25 September 2015

    The next edition of Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology fair is scheduled to take place from 23 – 25 September 2015.


    To find out more information about these events, please visit www.building.messefrankfurt.com.cn or email building@china.messefrankfurt.com.


    -End-

    Background information on Messe Frankfurt
    Messe Frankfurt is one of the world’s leading trade fair organisers, generating around €545 million in sales and employing some 2,000 people worldwide. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 28 subsidiaries and around 50 international Sales Partners, allowing it to serve its customers on location in more than 150 countries. Messe Frankfurt events take place at more than 30 locations around the globe. In 2013, Messe Frankfurt organised a total of 113 trade fairs, of which more than half took place outside Germany.
  • 10 Oct 2014 1:11 PM | Anonymous member

    WSN Markets Will Reach $100 Billion in 2018

    Cloud-connected wireless sensor networks (WSNs) are transforming global industries and disrupting the technology landscape, according to global technology research firm ON World.  Several WSN markets have more than doubled annually in recent years and the largest growth rates are yet to come as mobile sensing and Internet of Things (IoT) developers adopt, disrupt and compete.

    "The Internet of Things is transforming our world and lives,” says Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director.  “There are thousands of applications today using millions of wireless sensing devices that create life enhancing changes in energy usage, security and safety, health and wellness, smart lighting, building management and optimized industrial processes.”

    Over the past decade, WSN unit shipments have grown from tens of thousands to hundreds of millions and advances with low power wireless components, mesh networking and hardening standards have attracted thousands of developers and billions of dollars of venture capital.  From the industrial plant to the smart home, wireless sensor networking continues to be one of the most disruptive technology areas for developers and investors. 

    Until recently, much of the focus has been on WSN technologies such as IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBee that connect to the cloud and other systems through dedicated gateways.  Today, mobile sensing devices such as smart watches, smart glasses and health/fitness monitors will surpass half a billion unit shipments between 2013 and 2018.  By the end of this period, Bluetooth Smart will take the lead in WSN unit shipments as mobile sensing and expanding cloud platforms spawn new WSN markets.

    IEEE 802.15.4 is the most widely used WSN technology today and ZigBee standards make up 80 percent of the unit shipments.  Selected by Comcast and other cable operators for their smart home packages, ZigBee was also chosen by the Connected Lighting Alliance for residential smart lighting.  With millions of products sold to date with each using both WiFi and 802.15.4, Nest Labs (Google) is a founding member of the Thread Group that is fast-tracking IP addressability for smart home wireless mesh networks.  Other founding members are key companies in the ZigBee market-- ARM, Freescale, Samsung and Silicon Labs-- as well as Big Ass Fans and Yale Security.

    In 2018, global annual revenues-- including equipment and services-- for WSN markets will reach $102 billion up from $23 billion in 2013.  New WSN marketsundefinedwhere wiring is not feasibleundefined will make up the majority of the revenues at this time.  Residential systems will make up over half of the unit shipments in 2018 but commercial, industrial and municipal WSNs continue to accelerate and are projected to grow by a 38% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the projection period.

    Based on thousands of interviews and surveys with executives across the whole global WSN value chain, Wireless Sensor Networks Markets includes analysis and in-depth market size forecasts on 50 WSN market segments including by device, chipset and technology with revenues for equipment, services and RF modules/chipsets.

    The report synopsis and a free executive summary are available from:http://onworld.com/wsn

    About ON World:
    ON World provides global business intelligence on smart technology markets. For the past decade, our research reports and information services have been used by Fortune 1000 companies, startups and investors worldwide.

    Media contact:
    Mary Purvis
    e: purvis at onworld.com
    ph: 858-259-2397

  • 28 Aug 2014 4:12 PM | Anonymous member

    20 Percent of Likely Smart Home Adopters Will Have 50+ Wireless Sensors by 2018

    ON World’s recently completed survey with over 1,000 U.S. consumers found that 20% of likely smart home adopters believe they will have 50 or more wireless sensors in their home within the next five years and data reliability was selected as the most important feature of a smart home system.

    Wireless mesh sensor networks are making the smart home promise a reality, according to a recently published survey by global technology research firm ON World. 

    “Early adopters plan on having at least 50 sensors in their smart homes within the next five years and they want to integrate them into their WiFi/IP network,” says Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director. 

    According to ON World’s recently published survey with over 1,000 U.S. adults, over a third believe they will have wireless sensors in their home in five years and 20% of the likely adopters will have 50 or more wireless sensors installed by this time.  Respondents are most likely to buy smoke detector/CO alarms followed by wireless LED light bulbs, smart thermostats and/or a smart appliance.  Twenty-percent of likely adopters want to use their web browser with their smart home system compared with 31% for their security system and half with their cable TV.

    For all respondents, data reliability was selected as the most important feature of a smart home sensing and control system, followed by battery life, IP addressability, smartphone control and app availability. 

    IP addressable, wireless sensing and control products such as Nest’s Learning Thermostat have driven adoption of smart home products.  Although WiFi has been commonly used for mains-powered sensing devices, Thread is a new IP-based wireless mesh network protocol that will enable smart home devices to carry IPv6 communications with very low power consumption and support large-scale networks for the home with over 250 nodes.  The Thread protocol is promoted by the Thread Group that was formed in July by founding members ARM, Big Ass Fans, Freescale Semiconductor, Nest Labs, Inc., Samsung, Silicon Labs and Yale Security. 

    By 2018, ON World projects that wireless sensing and control devices will be used in 50 million smart homes and buildings worldwide and the majority of these will use IP-addressable sensors at this time.

    Based on two surveys with over 2,000 online U.S. consumers, ON World’s “Smart Home Consumer Survey” uncovers consumers’ demand, needs and wants for smart home products and services including energy management, lighting controls, security, safety and health monitoring. 

    The report synopsis is available from: http://www.onworld.com/smarthomenetworks/survey

    About ON World:
    ON World (
    http://www.onworld.com) provides global business intelligence on smart technology markets.  For the past decade, our market research and information services have been used by Fortune 1000 companies, startups and investors worldwide.

    Contact:
    Mary Purvis
    p: 858-259-2397

    e: purvis@onworld.com

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  • 17 Aug 2014 9:53 AM | Anonymous

    SecurTek Launches AIR MILES® Reward Program Through Authorized Dealers Across CanadaSecurTek customers can start earning AIR MILES® reward miles today, after Canada’s leading alarm monitoring provider unveiled a multi-year agreement with the  AIR MILES® Reward Program. SecurTek is currently the first and only monitoring service provider in Canada to make it possible for new and existing customers to enjoy the benefits of earning    AIR MILES® reward miles, through SecurTek Authorized Dealers, at locations across the country.

    “We are delighted to be able to make available the benefits of earning reward miles to our loyal customers and to those customers who choose to trust SecurTek to look after the safety of their loved ones and their property. Our commitment to exceptional service, award-winning monitoring capabilities and competitive rates will be all the more compelling now that customers are able to also top-up their loyalty rewards tally when they sign standard monitoring contracts,” notes SecurTek CEO Darrell Jones.

    “We are thrilled to welcome SecurTek to the Program”, says Claudio Rodrigues, CEO of RMG Loyalty (exclusive agent of AIR MILES INCENTIVES). “AIR MILES® Collectors are always looking for new ways to earn reward miles and, with the launch of Securtek, they can now earn on their security monitoring services.”
     
    New customers can earn 50 reward miles upon signing a 36 or 60 month contract, and then can earn 50 reward miles on their contract anniversary date so long as they remain a SecurTek customer. Customers who have services prior to the launch of this program will not qualify for the initial 50 reward miles for sign-up. Customers are only eligible to enroll in a single reward program.

    About SecurTek

    SecurTek is a leading provider of monitoring solutions and event related information services through an extensive dealer network and strategic partnerships, for 70,000 customers across Canada. A subsidiary of SaskTel Telecommunications, SecurTek earned the Five Diamond Certification for providing superior monitoring service in the North American security industry, awarded by the US-based Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA). SecurTek monitoring stations are Underwriters' Laboratories of Canada (ULC) certified, meaning SecurTek meets or exceeds the highest industry standards with regards to call overflow, staffing requirements, response procedures, computer systems and backup power systems.  SecurTek offer burglary, commercial, fire, environmental, medical, video, access control and residential monitoring services.

    About the AIR MILES Reward Program

    Founded in 1992, the AIR MILES® Reward Program is Canada's premier coalition loyalty program with more than 10 million active Collector accounts, representing approximately two-thirds of all Canadian households. The AIR MILES® Reward Program allows Collectors to earn reward miles simply by doing their everyday shopping at more than 240 leading brand-name Sponsors, representing thousands of retail and service locations across Canada and leading global brands online. The AIR MILES® Reward Program also offers to its Collectors more than 1,200 leisure, entertainment, merchandise, travel and a range of accredited, environmentally-friendly lifestyle rewards. With AIR MILES® Cash, Collectors can also have the flexibility to instantly redeem their AIR MILES® reward miles in-store towards many every day and high value purchases like gas, grocery, drug store items and home improvement purchases at participating Sponsors.

    For more information, contact:

    Claude-Jean Harel, MA
    SecurTek Monitoring Solutions

    t: 306.535.2365
    e: cj.harel@securtek.sk.ca
    w: www.securtek.com

  • 03 Aug 2014 8:16 PM | Anonymous member

    Half of Americans Are Interested in Wireless LED Lighting 

    Wireless LED light bulbs will be widespread in American homes within the next five years, according to global technology research firm ON World.

    “Reliability has become the number one smart home concern for consumers and ZigBee and the upcoming Thread protocol both provide reliable wireless mesh networking solutions,” says Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director. 

    Wireless LED lighting is one of the fastest growing smart home and Internet of Things markets with retail sales tripling in 2013. By the end of 2014, most major LED lighting manufacturers will offer wireless LED light bulbs and the majority of these will use ZigBee. ZigBee for residential lighting is supported by the Connected Lighting Alliance that has more than doubled its membership since it was launched in early 2013. Thread is an IP-based low power wireless mesh network protocol for the smart home, promoted by the Thread Group that was just launched in mid-July.

    According to ON World’s recently completed survey with over 1,000 U.S. adults, a third of likely smart home purchasers are interested in buying wireless LED light bulbs. Moreover, 48% are willing to pay $10 or more for a smart wireless LED light bulb and 26% will pay $20 or more. As an alternative to paying upfront, 44% of the respondents would spend $5 per month on an LED lighting control system service and 22% are willing to spend $15 or more per month. Reliability is the most important smart home sensing and control system feature selected by over half of the likely adopters.

    By 2020, there will be 100 million Internet connected wireless light bulbs and lamps worldwide.

    Based on two surveys with 2,000 online U.S. consumers, ON World’s Smart Home Networks Consumer Survey uncovers consumers’ demand, needs and wants for smart home products and services including energy management, lighting controls, security, safety and health monitoring. 

    The report synopsis/table of contents is available from: http://www.onworld.com/smarthomenetworks/survey

    About ON World:
    ON World provides global business intelligence on smart technology markets. For the past decade, our research reports and information services have been used by Fortune 1000 companies, startups and investors worldwide. 

    Contact:
    Mary Purvis
    e: purvis at onworld.com
    ph: 858-259-2397 

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    Wireless LED light bulbs will be widespread in American homes within the next five years, according to global technology research firm ON World. 

    “Reliability has become the number one smart home concern for consumers and ZigBee and the upcoming Thread protocol both provide reliable wireless mesh networking solutions,” says Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director. 

    Wireless LED lighting is one of the fastest growing smart home and Internet of Things markets with retail sales tripling in 2013.  By the end of 2014, most major LED lighting manufacturers will offer wireless LED light bulbs and the majority of these will use ZigBee.  ZigBee for residential lighting is supported by the Connected Lighting Alliance that has more than doubled its membership since it was launched in early 2013.  Thread is an IP-based low power wireless mesh network protocol for the smart home, promoted by the Thread Group that was just launched in mid-July.

    According to ON World’s recently published survey with over 2,000 U.S. adults, a third of likely smart home purchasers are interested in buying wireless LED light bulbs.  Moreover, 48% are willing to pay $10 or more for a smart wireless LED light bulb and 26% will pay $20 or more.  As an alternative to paying upfront, 44% of the respondents would spend $5 per month on an LED lighting control system service and 22% are willing to spend $15 or more per month.  Reliability is the most important smart home sensing and control system feature selected by over half of the likely adopters.

    By 2020, there will be 100 million Internet connected wireless light bulbs and lamps worldwide.

    Based on surveys and phone interviews with over 2,000 online U.S. consumers, ON World’s Smart Home Networks Consumer Survey uncovers consumers’ demand, needs and wants for smart home products and services including energy management, lighting controls, security, safety and health monitoring. The report synopsis/table of contents is available from: http://www.onworld.com/smarthomenetworks/survey

    Also, ON World’s Smart Wireless Lighting report covers the global market for wireless lighting controls including the residential, commercial, municipal streetlights and outdoor lighting market segments.  The report synopsis and a free executive summary is available from: http://www.onworld.com/smartlighting

    About ON World:
    ON World (
    http://www.onworld.com) provides global business intelligence on smart technology markets.  For the past decade, our market research and information services have been used by Fortune 1000 companies, startups and investors worldwide. 

    Contact:
    Mary E. Purvis
    p: 858-259-2397

    e: purvis@onworld.com

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    Wireless LED light bulbs will be widespread in American homes within the next five years, according to global technology research firm ON World.  
    Based on two surveys with over 2,000 online U.S. consumers
    Based on two surveys with over 2,000 online U.S. consumer
  • 15 Jul 2014 2:21 PM | Anonymous member

    330 Million Smartwatches by 2018

    A disrupter of today’s smart devices, voice controlled, sensor-fused and cloud connected smartwatches will replace the application needs of many smart phone users, according to global technology research firm ON World.

    “Smartwatches and wearables have created an interesting opportunity for the integration of technology and fashion and this will drive women into the role of early adopters,” says Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director.  “Another important consideration going forward will be how wearable sensor data is monetized through cloud networks.”

    ON World’s survey with 1,000 U.S. online consumers found that smartwatches are the most likely wearable technology product they will purchase and 55% prefer a wristband over other form factors.  Fitness is the most preferred wearable application and 38% of likely adopters would like to use their wearable technology for health applications. 

    ON World’s consumer survey found that Apple’s iWatch is the most preferred smartwatch offering even though it is not yet available. The top five smartwatch market leaders in 2013 were Samsung, Nike, Pebble, Sony and Garmin with numerous new entrants in 2014 including LG, Motorola and Nissan who are joining dozens of existing competitors.

    Price will be the deciding factor for many consumers.  ON World’s survey found that 40% would be willing to pay $99 or more for a smartwatch that had integrated blood pressure, heart rate and activity tracking sensors and 8% would be willing to spend $299 or more.

    Although smartwatches only makes up 3% of the 70,000 product reviews on wearable technologies that ON World evaluated, the growth rate increased by 763% in 2013 from 2012.  By the end of 2018, 330 million smartwatches will have been shipped worldwide, up from less than 4 million in 2013.

    ON World recently published report, Mobile Sensing Wearables, may be purchased separately or as part of a report set that also includes a survey on wearable technologies with 1,000+ consumers.  More information is available from: http://www.onworld.com/wearables

    About ON World:
    ON World (http://www.onworld.com) provides global business intelligence on smart technology markets.  For the past decade, our market research and information services have been sold to Fortune 1000 companies, startups and investors worldwide.

    Contact:
    Mary Purvis
    p: 858-259-2397
    e: purvis@onworld.com

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  • 26 Jun 2014 5:04 PM | Anonymous member

    $47 Billion Mobile Sensing Wearables Market in 2018

    Wearable sensors enabled by low power wireless components, mobile apps, cloud computing and a receptive fashion industry has created a technology tsunami for developers and investors, according to global technology research firm, ON World.

    “Over the past two years, wearables have gone from a niche market to a revolutionary force,” says Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director.  “Developers from all major industries are seeing opportunities for sensor enabled wearables, integrated cloud applications and services as well as the next fashion trend.”

    Over the next five years, 700 million wearable tech devices will be shipped for a global annual market worth $47.4 billion at this time.  Hardware will make up the majority of the revenues during this period but mobile apps and subscriptions will grow faster.  The wearables industry will rapidly create new fashion lines and this is where manufacturers will break new ground.

    With over 400 unique products, the mobile sensing wearables market tripled in 2013 over the previous year and continues to accelerate with the emergence of new product categories such as smart watches, smart glasses, consumer wearable sensors as well as growing industrial and enterprise solutions.  Out of the 70,000 product reviews that ON World evaluated, 60% were completed in 2013 and the first quarter of 2014.  Some categories such as smart watches have increased by a factor of ten and personal sensors increased by over 500 percent.

    ON World has identified over 50 smart watch vendors including sports watches, luxury watches and offerings for children such as the HereO GPS watch.  By contrast, there are only about a dozen smart glasses developers but they are on track to become a $5 billion market by 2017.  A few other emerging mobile sensing wearable product categories include jewelry (e.g. Netatmo and Cuff), baby vital sign monitors (Rest Devices, Owlet and Enmovere) and pet activity/location trackers (e.g. Tagg, Voyce and Whistle).  Investment in wearables hardware companies is accelerating with almost $500 million invested in 2013 alone. 

    Sensor fusion and cloud based software and services has become the next “killer” platform.  Nest’s recently launched developer program is already showing the potential for integrating wearables with smart home systems such as Jawbone’s UP fitness tracker with Nest’s smart thermostats. 

    ON World recently published report, Mobile Sensing Wearablesmay be purchased separately or as part of a report set that also includes a survey on wearable technologies with 1,000+ consumers.

    More information is available from: http://www.onworld.com/wearables

    About ON World:
    ON World provides global business intelligence on smart technology markets. For the past decide, our research reports and information services have been sold to Fortune 1000 companies, startups and investors worldwide. http://www.onworld.com

    Media contact:
    Mary Purvis
    e: purvis at onworld.com
    ph: 858-259-2397

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  • 25 Jun 2014 9:30 AM | Anonymous member

    Distech Controls Introduces Strategic Solutions Sales Team
    Company continues expansion of its sales organization

    [Brossard, QC, June 25, 2014] - Distech Controls, an innovation leader in energy management solutions, today announced the appointment of three Sales Managers who, together, will form the company’s new Strategic Solutions Sales Team. This growing team will work with Distech Controls’ existing Partner network and multi-location, national account clients to create and promote energy saving opportunities through the deployment of Distech Controls technology.

    In taking on the role of Strategic Account Sales Manager, Canada, Joseph Marra will be responsible for expanding and maintaining relationships with national, multi-site customers across the country. Joseph’s 25 years of sales experience and more than 20 years of successful performance contracting expertise will play an important role in enhancing the company’s growth across this market.

    Bringing over 19 years of industry sales experience, Brian Ricci joins the team as Strategic Account Sales Manager, Unites States. Brian will be responsible for the growth of Distech Controls’ strategic national accounts throughout the United States. Brian has past experience in the Hospitality and Retail (Grocery) markets that will allow him to bring specific and unique technology solutions to National Account clients.

    Finally, Geoff Olsen has taken on the role of Sales and Program Manager, Smart Room Controls. Joining the company from the lighting controls industry, Geoff will secure the success of the Smart Room Controls product line, providing the full integration of advanced lighting and shading control with HVAC systems.

    “We are thrilled with the opportunity to further build Distech Controls’ strong sales team with the addition of Joseph, Brian and Geoff,” said Ahmed Hirani, Executive Vice President, Sales and Energy Services. “With over five decades of sales experience and proven success between them, we are confident that the Strategic Solutions Sales Team will offer invaluable support to our Partners and clients as we continue to expand our network”.

    “As a key player in the building automation and energy management sector, Distech Controls will benefit from the extensive sales experience of this team,” said Etienne Veilleux, President and CEO of Distech Controls. “Joseph, Brian, and Geoff will undoubtedly play an important role in developing their respective markets, and in further empowering businesses and individuals with the ability to achieve energy efficiency via Distech Controls’ solutions,” added Veilleux.

    The Strategic Sales Solutions Team will be joining the company’s Regional Sales Managers (RSMs) and Business Development Managers (BDMs). Distech Controls’ RSMs have the strategic function of developing sales in a given geographic areas (or sales territory), thereby forging special relationships with customers. They establish strategic partnerships and are always seeking to build loyalty. Distech Controls’ BDMs lead the efforts in expanding and maintaining relationships with influencers (specifying engineers, architects, property managers) and end user customers (building owners). They promote the entire range of Distech Controls’ products, solutions and services to influencers and end users.

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    About Distech Controls
    An innovation leader in energy management solutions, Distech Controls provides unique building management technologies and services that optimize energy efficiency and comfort in buildings, all the while reducing operating costs.  We deliver Innovative Solutions for Greener Buildings™ through our passion for innovation, quality, customer satisfaction, and sustainability.  Distech Controls serves multiple market segments through its worldwide business divisions, service offices and a superior network of Authorized Partners. 
    www.distech-controls.com

    Please follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube

    For more information
    Caroline Cadieux
    Director of Marketing and Communications
    e-mail:
    ccadieux@distech-controls.com
    450-444-9898 ext. 237
    www.distech-controls.com

    Lauren Scott
    Marketing Communications Specialist – Public Relations
    email:
    lscott@distech-controls.com
    450-444-9898 ext. 296
    www.distech-controls.com

    Distech Controls is a trademark of Distech Controls Inc.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. 

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  • 02 Jun 2014 1:33 PM | Anonymous member

    30% More Americans Prefer Smart Watches Over Activity Trackers

    Consumers are most likely to purchase a smart watch compared with other mobile sensing wearable technology products, according to global technology research firm, ON World.

    “Wearable tech is one of the fastest growing Internet of Things markets,” says Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director.  “Wristworn devices are preferred by the majority of consumers who are most interested in a general purpose smart watch rather than dedicated fitness devices such as activity trackers and heart rate monitors.”

    ON World’s recently completed survey with 1,000+ U.S. adults found that one in five either have or are planning to purchase a wearable technology product by next year and 32% are likely to purchase a wearable technology within two years.

    Almost half of the likely smart watch consumers are interested in using a yet-to-be-launched Apple smart watch followed by Samsung’s Gear, Sony’s SmartWatch, Pebble and a Microsoft smart watch.  An Apple smart watch appeals to all ages but youths 18 to 24 years olds are at least two times more likely to want to use a Samsung Gear or Pebble smart watch compared with other age ranges. 

    Forty percent of the respondents are willing to pay at least $99 for a smart watch that has integrated blood pressure, heart rate and activity tracking sensors.  Males are more likely to be interested in smart watches today and the Samsung Gear has the widest gender gap currently.

    Two-thirds of the respondents interested in wearables are likely to purchase a smart watch and/or activity tracker and many of them are also interested in smart glasses, heart rate monitors or smart clothing.  Although wristbands are the preferred wearable form factor, respondents-- especially youths-- are also interested in smart glasses, rings and headbands.

    Fitness is the most popular wearable technology application and a third of the respondents also believe that wearable technology will have a positive impact on health and wellness.  Concerns about privacy and security rank almost as high as costs while concerns about battery lifetime and ease of use have lessened since ON World’s previous smart watch survey in 2013.

    The survey, “Wearable Technologies,” is published in PowerPoint and may be purchased separately or as part of a report set.  More information is available from:

    http://www.onworld.com/wearables

    About ON World:
    ON World (
    http://www.onworld.com) provides global business intelligence on smart technology markets.  For the past decade, our market research and information services have been sold to Fortune 1000 companies, startups and investors worldwide.

    Contact:
    Mary Purvis
    p: 858-259-2397
    e: purvis@onworld.com

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