IoT News Roundup

People Power introducing smart-home devices powered by GreenPeak; FourKites, McLeod partner for truck-tracking applications; consumers have mixed feelings over wearable technology; Amazon dash buttons hit new milestone.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor
Apr 01, 2016

People Power Taps GreenPeak for New Smart-Home Products

People Power, a software company that offers cloud-based mobile services, has launched Presence Security, which consists of modular and interoperable smart-home products, using technology from chipmaker GreenPeak. Both companies say they are focused on developing solutions targeting various use cases, including helping seniors live independently, saving energy and home security.

The Presence Security platform uses wireless sensors to notify residents when something happens at home while they are away. Presence Pro Energy tracks energy usage over time and can transmit energy-related alerts to users' mobile devices. Presence Pro Care, which People Power plans to introduce mid-year, will help caregivers take care of aging and sick family members by monitoring daily living patterns and sending alerts when unexpected events occur. Feeds from Internet-connected video cameras can be integrated into Presence Pro Care.

GreenPeak chips are compliant with the IEEE 802.15.4 standard and are used in a number of ZigBee-compliant smart-home devices. People Power says it selected GreenPeak's radio chips due to their performance record, long range, resistance to Wi-Fi interference, reliability and low cost.

Partnership Gives McLeod Customers Access to Tracking Services

FourKites, which makes software designed to provide supply chain visibility by tracking trucking loads, has partnered with McLeod Software, a provider of transportation-management software, to integrate their two products. FourKites' tracking technology is now available to companies using McLeod Software's enterprise-wide, end-to-end brokerage-management software, known as PowerBroker. This will give McLeod's customers access to FourKites' electronic logging device (ELD) Control Center software.

As part of the 2012 U.S. Congress' "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century" Act, trucking companies will be required to use ELDs in their fleets by the end of next year. ELDs are used to create electronic records of those companies' compliance with hours of service (HOS) requirements. FourKites has also recently launched a location-tracking service that uses cellular towers to triangulate a truck's location based on the driver's cell phone. The service generates a location update each hour, at a cost of $1 per load.

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