Networked Globe Briefing – 5 February 2014

Today’s IoT news sees US home builder Toll Brothers offering smarthome options to house buyers, Canada’s Rogers Telecom launching mobile data driven services for Canadian retailers and the IPSO Challenge 2014 opens for device developers.

IPSO Challenge 2014 opens

The IPSO (Internet Protocol for Smart Objects) Alliance’s Challenge 2014 opened today seeking innovative real world solutions that use the Internet Protocol (IP) for Internet of Things applications.

The Alliance and its sponsors will offer prizes and incentives worth over $50,000 USD and the opportunity to showcase working prototypes to industry experts and investors. The deadline for entries is April 11, 2014 and finalists will be announced on June 25, 2014 at Sensors Expo 2014.

Nick Ashworth, Chairman of IPSO’s Board of Directors, said of the competition: “IPSO is proud to host this competition to advance the development and standardization of a major global trend: a world of devices talking to devices, making trillions of decisions that have the ability to improve the reliability and efficiency of mankind.”

Canada’s Rogers Telecom launches Mobile Shopper

Canadian Telco Rogers announced Mobile Shopper at the Wavefront Wireless Summits in Vancouver, a machine-to-machine (M2M) service that will offer mall visitors engagement with in-store brands through mobile offers, applications and mobile payments technology all with their smartphone.

RioCan, Canada’s largest owner of shopping centres is the first to trial the Rogers Mobile Shopper solution in select Ontario-based shopping centres.

The service also offers retailers data insights to help them drive and monitor in-store traffic as well as provide added value services to customers

Toll Brothers choose Control4 for Home Automation

US home builder Toll Brothers has selected home automation vendor Control4 Corporation to offer home buyers the option to include the smart home automation technology in their new houses.

Under the agreement between Control4 and Toll Brothers, prospective home buyers will be able to choose from several pre-configured automation packages. These packages include automation controllers, intelligent lighting, thermostats, smart locks, touchscreens and multi-room audio/video solutions which can all be controlled through smart phones and tablet computers.

“One of the reasons home buyers are attracted to Toll Brothers communities is that we pride ourselves on offering the latest technology and household amenities to make life more entertaining, more comfortable and more convenient,” said Richard T. Hartman, Toll Brothers’ president and chief operating officer. “From talking to our customers, we know that smart home capabilities are highly desired, and we are pleased to partner with Control4 to offer best-in-class home automation to deliver truly smart homes.”

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Paul Wallbank is the founding editor of Networked Globe and has nearly twenty years experience of working in and reporting on computers, the internet and the future of our connected society.