Home security is going wireless. Alertme.com has unveiled a ZigBee-based system that lets consumers install home security systems without figuring out where to run wires.
The direct alert system notifies people via text message or e-mail about problems at home. Beyond traditional burglar and fire alarms, AlertMe can send messages when smoke or carbon monoxide alarms go off.
A range of sensors include door and window sensors, motion sensors and alarm detectors that listen for existing smoke or carbon monoxide alarms. These sensors are linked by Ember Corp.’s ZigBee network chips and wireless mesh networking software.
Alertme.com has unveiled a ZigBee-based system that lets consumers install home security systems without figuring out where to run wires.
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
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