Smartenit Delivers Harmony G1, First Android Mini PC That Is Also a Connected Home Hub

San Juan Capistrano, CA– Smartenit Inc. has embedded their popular ZigBee, INSTEON, WiFi, and X10 home automation platform, into a powerful Android mini PC.   The revolutionary concept allows users to run popular streaming media services like Netflix, Hulu, and Pandora on a Smart TV alongside their Smartenit home automation ecosystem.

The micro-sized media set top box packs a multi-core ARM processor, ample memory, Ethernet and WiFi, and comes configurable with various Smartenit automation controllers for a rich variety of network control options.  G1 is wireless and, like other Smartenit gateways, is discoverable through the iSmartenit app, making its setup truly plug-and-play.  G1 gives users access to the full Smartenit device ecosystem, including controllers from multiple manufacturers using multiple wireless technologies to address solution areas like water, energy, lighting, monitoring, comfort, and more.

Interfacing with the system is achieved through the FREE iSmartenit cloud connection service and application, which comes in browser, desktop and mobile versions (both Android and iOS).  Discovering devices is automatic and iSmartenit taps into the powerful logic built into G1 that allows users to set up sophisticated programs and relationships among their devices.

The mini PC, through its HDMI port, allows the transformation of any PC monitor, projector, or TV into a Smart TV.  The tight integration with Android allows users to access any number of popular apps while their home automation system runs in the background.  Dual USB ports and an SD card slot offer storage expansion and network connectivity can be done either through wired Ethernet or WiFi.

“The Harmony G1 is the revolutionary result of our consistent gateway strategy” says Al Choperena, Smartenit’s CEO.  “We continue to refine the concept of the firmware as the gateway, to make the home automation hub an obsolescence-proof concept rather than tie it to fast-evolving hardware.  This is the latest example of adding our gateway firmware to a powerful processor.  We are excited about the Android platform and think users will be very pleased with the functionality and value of a smart TV box that also admirably handles their home automation needs.  It represents our commitment to enabling anyone to smarten anything wherever they live, work, and play.”

Smartenit: Smarten Anything Wherever You Live Work and Play

Smartenit, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Compacta International, Ltd., is dedicated to delivering automation solutions that continually expand the Internet of Things.  These solutions have applications in many areas including energy management, water management, monitoring, comfort, and lighting, in the modern home and beyond.  Smartenit’s cost-effective, and easy-to-use products are part of an ever-expanding system that allows easy monitoring and management of any connected device from anywhere. For more information, visit www.smartenit.com.  Find Smartenit on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @smartenit.

ZigBee: Control your world

ZigBee offers green and global wireless standards connecting the widest range of devices to work together intelligently and help you control your world. The ZigBee Alliance is an open, non- profit association of approximately 400 organizations driving development of innovative, reliable and easy-to-use ZigBee standards. The Alliance promotes worldwide adoption of ZigBee as the leading wirelessly networked, sensing and control standard for use in consumer, commercial and industrial areas. For more information, visit: www.ZigBee.org.

Calit2 Ignite- Internet of Things: What’s All The Buzz About?

Birds Eye view of Ignite IoT event

Late into the night and people are still excited out the Internet of Things!

On 11/13, Smartenit had the honor of participating in the Ignite Technology event held at University of California Irvine’s (UCI) California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2).

Calit2 is closely associated with CalPlug, of which Smartenit is a Partner, is a truly collaborative effort among technology manufacturers, incubators, utilities, and researchers.  It’s a great melting pot of people with various views and experience working with technologies of all kinds, especially wireless communications.  Professor GP Li has done a great job connecting people from all over the industry to communicate, educate, and problem solve.

This particular event was centered around the concept of The Internet of Things (IoT).  It’s been a buzzword describing the emergence of connected devices that alert us of of system changes, automate important elements of our life, and keep us connected.  We were happy to have our CEO Al Choperena give a presentation alongside distinguished panelists Mark Bachman (UCI faculty and IoT Evangelist), Matthew Cheng (Senior technical director, Broadcom), Art Hitomi (CTO and co-founder, Numecent), Shaun Kirby (Director, Internet Business Solutions Group innovations Architecture Practice, Cisco), and Miles Mahoney (GM, Industrial Data Analytics, Frost Data Capital).  This led into a Q and A session with the panelists.  There was a great turnout with full capacity in the auditorium and spillage out into the lobby and a really great panel session.  Thanks to UCI, Calit2, our fellow panelists, and the audience for a great event!

Ignite IoT Panel Discussion

Calit2 Ignite Internet of Things Panel In Action!

Notable Quotables

50 Billion devices connected by 2020 (6 years!) – The Majority of Presenters

This is the makings of a revolution – Mark Bachman

There’s a storm coming and it’s going to rain money.  We just have figure out where to put the buckets – Mark Bachman

The problem with the connected soace at the moment is too may alphabets! – Matthew Cheng

Will Cloud 1.0 where everything is in the Cloud be scalable?  Seems like to be scalable we will have to distribute. – Art Hitomi

With the IoT, we may have to look beyond control and to sharing info – Art Hitomi

IoT and the connected space can lead to a frictionless business – Shaun Kirby

IoT is relevant objects connected as sensors and actuators under an action-oriented framework – Al Choperena

Pilots are not  IoT guarantees, they are great learning opportunities- Al Choperena

IoT makes the industrial data loop revolve much quicker- Miles Mahoney

Smartenit Inc. Accepted as Partner of California Plug Load Research Center at University of California Irvine

San Juan Capistrano, CA (PRWEB) November 12, 2014

Smartenit Inc., a leading networking and connected home solutions provider, has been granted membership, at the Partner level, into the California Plug Load Research Center (CalPlug) at the University of California Irvine’s (UCI) California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (CalIT2).

CalPlug, committed to connecting companies on the cutting edge of many aspects of the Internet of Things (IoT), recognized Smartenit’s efforts to continually expand IoT technologies through its wireless connectivity solutions supporting ZigBee, INSTEON, and WiFi protocols. The connected home is an important facet of the Internet of Things, and as a leader in that space, Smartenit is a natural fit into CalPlug’s collaborative space.

“We are excited to welcome Smartenit into the CalPlug collective.” says Professor G.P. Li, CalPlug’s Director, “We believe their innovative and inclusive approach to the expansion of the Internet of Things will be a great asset to the research done here and they will be a valuable collaborator alongside our other member companies.”

“We are honored and energized by the opportunity to work within and buttress the CalPlug framework.” says Al Choperena, CEO of Smartenit, “The Internet of Things is a space that benefits greatly from the coordination, collaboration, and innovation offered by CalPlug. Facilitating discussions, encouraging close communication, and providing the valuable targeted research from the University setting can only help to improve and increase the offering of market-ready connected devices. We are excited to begin learning from and contributing to CalPlug’s valuable work.”

Smartenit®: Smarten Anything Wherever You Live Work and Play 
Smartenit, Inc. is dedicated to delivering automation solutions that continually expand the Internet of Things. These solutions have applications in many areas including energy management, water management, monitoring, comfort, and lighting, in the modern home and beyond. Smartenit’s cost-effective, and easy-to-use products are part of an ever-expanding system that allows easy monitoring and management of any connected device from anywhere. For more information, visit: https://smartenit.com. Find Smartenit on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

ZigBee®: Control your world 
ZigBee offers green and global wireless standards connecting the widest range of devices to work together intelligently and help you control your world. The ZigBee Alliance is an open, non- profit association of approximately 400 organizations driving development of innovative, reliable and easy-to-use ZigBee standards. The Alliance promotes worldwide adoption of ZigBee as the leading wirelessly networked, sensing and control standard for use in consumer, commercial and industrial areas. For more information, visit: http://www.ZigBee.org.

CalPlug 
The California Plug Load Research Center was established at the University of California, Irvine in 2011 to improve energy efficiency in the use and design of plug-load devices. With funding support from the California Energy Commission and member companies, CalPlug focuses on energy efficiency solutions, efficiency evaluations of consumer electronics, standards development, education and public outreach, and user-behavior studies. For more information visit calplug.uci.edu.

CalPlug Workshop: Promoting Energy Efficiency

On November 6, 2014 Smartenit was pleased to participate in the California Plug Load Research Center’s (CalPlug) workshop at the University of California Irvine’s (UCI) California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology.  It brought together companies and individuals from all points along the connected home technology development timeline.  These companies came together to discuss how to facilitate the creation of market-ready connected devices.  Our CEO, Al Choperena, gave a presentation on planning executing and using pilots and field tests.  It was a great discussion and truly illuminating!  Click the button below to read more about it from the Calit2 website.  Many thanks to CalPlug for putting on the event and including us!

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Smartenit Announces Home Automation Collaboration With Broadcom

San Juan Capistrano, CA  October 03, 2014

 Smartenit, Inc., a leading home/building automation and Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem provider, today announced a collaboration agreement with Broadcom Corporation to integrate Smartenit’s home automation technology, based on Wi-Fi, ZigBee, and INSTEON, with Broadcom’s BCM7445 home gateway system-on-chip (SoC).

Broadcom selected Smartenit based on the company’s experience with home and building automation protocols, efficient integration of flexible software and applications on advanced platforms and portfolio of wireless solutions encompassing sensors, controllers and cloud services.

According to industry analyst firm Infonetics, operators are looking to home automation services — particularly home security and home energy management — as a means to increase incremental revenue and customer loyalty1.

“Home automation is a rapidly evolving market, and Broadcom’s advanced silicon and engineering prowess have established us as a leader in the field,” said Rich Nelson, Broadcom Senior Vice President, Broadband & Connectivity Group. “The integration of Smartenit’s home automation capabilities in our industry-leading home gateway and STB designs will allow leading operators to offer a fully flexible and customizable connected home network.”

“Broadcom recognizes the incredible value add of a connected home network springing from their newest generation of STB chips,” said Al Choperena, President and CEO of Smartenit. “We look forward to continuing our development efforts to consumers with the added benefit of anytime, anywhere control of their smart home devices.”

Smartenit®: Smarten Anything Wherever You Live Work and Play
Smartenit, Inc. is dedicated to delivering automation solutions that continually expand the Internet of Things. These solutions have applications in many areas including energy management, water management, monitoring, comfort, and lighting, in the modern home and beyond. Smartenit’s cost-effective, and easy-to-use products are part of an ever-expanding system that allows easy monitoring and management of any connected device from anywhere. For more information, visithttps://smartenit.com. Find Smartenit on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @smartenit.

ZigBee®: Control your world
ZigBee offers green and global wireless standards connecting the widest range of devices to work together intelligently and help you control your world. The ZigBee Alliance is an open, non- profit association of approximately 400 organizations driving development of innovative, reliable and easy-to-use ZigBee standards. The Alliance promotes worldwide adoption of ZigBee as the leading wirelessly networked, sensing and control standard for use in consumer, commercial and industrial areas. For more information, visit: http://www.ZigBee.org.

1 Infonetics, Home-Automation-Service-Strategies-Carrier-Survey-Highlights 2012

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