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24 September, 2014 - 13:25 By News Desk

New AlertMe platform to deliver millions of connected homes

AlertMe CEO Mary Turner

Cambridge UK connected home technology company AlertMe has launched a new platform that it claims could deliver millions of connected homes for the Internet of Things movement.

CEO Mary Turner believes that the new next-generation connected home platform Omnia™ will address the technology challenges of interoperability at scale as the IoT for the home begins its significant growth.

The tech upgrade is based on AlertMe’s five years experience in developing connected home services for the mass market. It claims the platform uses engineering best practice to deliver scalability, interoperability and resilience with a consistent user experience.

“Omnia also delivers several unique, next generation features based on AlertMe’s own IP, to rapidly accelerate the development of the market for connected homes,” said Turner.

Among the many novel features of the new technology, AlertMe its portability strengths. The company has instilled ‘brain in the cloud’ and ‘brain in the home,’ elements that allow the platform to run software simultaneously across the cloud, hub or any other home CPE (customer premises equipment). This provides flexibility and resilience in the event of broadband drop out or latency issues, says the company.

The upgrade allows AlertMe to embed its hub software in any alternative home gateway (STB, media player, router or games console) or run hubless with IP to the edge.

Turner said: “We believe the connected home is about ‘things’ and software that have to work together harmoniously and at scale to provide relevant and useful services for the consumer. With Omnia, we have made it our job to manage the complexities and make the technology invisible to the end user so it ‘just works’.”

Bill Ablondi, director os smart home strategies for Strategy Analytics added:  “AlertMe’s Omnia platform provides the type of software infrastructure required for the next generation of smart home applications which needs to be flexible, extensible and intelligent. 

“Consumers don’t want to manage their homes one device at a time – most will not even want to consciously deal with all the devices in their home. Consumers want managing their homes to be simple so they can better manage their lives.

“We expect to see an explosion of devices installed in homes globally. The number of smart homes will nearly quadruple by 2020 to more than 250 million, each with an average of 20 monitoring or control devices – that’s five billion devices.  

“The Omnia platform goes beyond providing connectivity to things. It is designed to allow solution providers to orchestrate the activities of things so value can be derived from all of the things working together. I think AlertMe has raised the bar for other platform providers with the introduction of Omnia.”

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