IOT News Roundup

Cisco introduces its IoT System; Ernst & Young gains IoT analytics know-how; GreenPeak unveils chip that supports ZigBee and Thread protocols; Icontrol, mnubo to partner on smart home analytics; Z-Wave Alliance grows member base.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor

Icontrol Boosting Analytics Services; Z-Wave Membership Growing
Icontrol Networks has announced plans to collaborate with data analytics company mnubo. Through the partnership, Icontrol will implement mnubo's IoT big data analytics service in order to analyze data collected through its smart home offerings: software platforms which are deployed by service providers and home security companies, or through the Icontrol Piper, its home security, video monitoring and automation device gateway that employs the Z-Wave wireless home networking protocol.

Using mnubo's services, Icontrol says it will be better equipped to analyze customer data in real time, and to use these insights to improve customer service, especially regarding home security and energy management. According to Icontrol's "2015 State of the Smart Home" report, security and energy management are the chief reasons consumers are interested in purchasing smart home systems.

A recent report from Argus Insights shows that buzz around smart home technology is faltering. But Icontrol counters that the smart home market will be buoyed as young adults begin to purchase homes. Millennials showed 79 percent more interest in smart home products this year compared to 2014, according to its "2015 State of the Smart Home" report.

In related smart home news, the Z-Wave Alliance says its membership has grown by 30 percent since the second quarter of 2014. The list of 75 new members includes SmartThings, Samsung's services arm Samsung SDS, and NuTone.

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