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The NextMarket Report — Centralite

Centralite's CTO Explains Jilia, Their New IoT Cloud API Framework

Mike Wolf Centralite Jilia

Had an interesting exchange with Centralite's CTO John Calagaz, who I asked to differentiate their new IoT/smart home cloud vs. others. His description, seen below, was enlightening and shows how they see their new offering as analogous to Twilio, a provider of cloud-based telephony solutions that leverages an API-centric model for easy integration with a variety of products and services. It also shows they don't see themselves as a platform that is competitive with a Zonoff or Arrayent, but instead a way for developers to connect into common smart home and IoT technologies without having to have significant expertise in those technologies....

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Smart Home Weekly: The Smart Home Industry Survey

Mike Wolf Amazon Centralite Dash Iris Jilia Lowes survey

We're in the summer doldrums as far as smart home news goes, but a few interesting things did happen this week.  First, we learned (as expected) that a new Apple TV is on its way, to be revealed at an Apple event in September. Second, the Amazon Dash buttons were made available to all Prime members, launching what may be an era of connected commerce that, as I write here, brings the point of sale to the point of consumption for the first time for consumables and the smart home. Also, I share some thoughts on what Lowe's should do...

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Lowe's Rebooting Iris hub: What Else Do They Need To Do?

Mike Wolf Centralite Iris Jilia Lowes

Last week, Julie Jacobson had a nice piece on the the FCC docs they uncovered for the new Iris hub.  As per the piece, there will be Zigbee, Z-Wave and Bluetooth LE.   As I wrote nearly a year ago when then Iris head Kevin Meagher told me about the forthcoming device, I think probably the most interesting addition about Iris 2.0 will be the addition of Bluetooth.  Julie also speculates about which cloud the new Iris hub will use, as it's fairly common knowledge that the company was looking to move away from the AlertMe cloud.  She points to a...

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