Smart Home technology features prominently at CES 2016

Netflix, Intel, Samsung and ULE Alliance present their latest innovations and partnerships at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, reports Ludger Voetz

Smart Home technology features prominently at CES 2016

The eyes of the tech-world turned to CES in Las Vegas in early January where over 3,800 exhibitors - from market leaders to start-ups - presented their latest innovations. This year, more than 170,000 visitors were drawn to the event. The highlights included news from Netflix and Intel, as well as the latest Smart Home developments from Samsung, the ULE Alliance and others.

More than 1.3 million mentions of CES on social media are a clear indicator that the event was a huge success once again. And as expected, the biggest names drew the biggest crowds.

Netflix revealed that its streaming services will be launched in 130 additional countries in 2016, which represents a steep rise from the current number of 60 countries. Meanwhile, Intel announced collaborations with ESPN and Red Bull Media House with the aim to design gadgets for athletes.

One of the main topics of this year’s event was the Smart Home. The Korean market leader Samsung not only presented its new smartwatches, but also unveiled its latest smart appliances such as a fridge with an internet connection.

The DSP Group, a global provider of wireless chipset solutions for converged communications, announced the launch of Turkcell’s new state-of-the-art IoT services based on the ‘Smart Home standard’ ULE (Ultra Low Energy). This first commercial IoT deployment based on ULE will be rolled out to a home territory of 25 million people.

“ULE is not just another technology in the burgeoning market of smart home applications. With its outstanding range, interference-free operation and self-install capabilities - ULE is the ideal platform for a smarter home,” concluded Aydin Özyavas, Connected Home products manager at Turkcell.

“ULE continues to prove itself as the technology of choice for IoT services at home, and a unifying force in the home automation market,” said Raz Kivelevich-Carmi, VP marketing and business development, ULE Product line at DSP Group.

Since the ULE Alliance launched its certification programme at last year’s CES, more than 30 products have successfully achieved certification. “2015 was a significant year, and we expect the number of certified ULE-devices to top 100 by 2017,” said Avi Barel, business development director of the ULE Alliance.

“The ULE Alliance has established active work liaisons with AllSeen and - as we announced at CES - with Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) to help foster better interoperability, management and bridging between all sensors and devices in the home. The demonstrations at CES highlighted the advantages of these new joint initiatives,” said Avi Barel. Companies that participated in the demonstrations, included Crow, Dialog, DSP Group, Gigaset, Intel, Panasonic, Turkcell, and VTEch.

“With this active liaison, we are taking an important step toward broadening the adoption of IoT,” said Mike Richmond, executive director, Open Interconnect Consortium. “Interoperability and cooperation between standards organisations is of paramount importance in enabling practical implementations of IoT.”

If the market keeps developing at the same rate as it did in 2015, it seems likely that the Smart Home will be even more prominent at next year’s CES.

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