IoT partnership signals 'new era' in smart home technology

December 20, 2018 //By Rich Pell
IoT partnership signals 'new era' in smart home technology
Wi-Fi motion detection technology company Cognitive Systems (Ontario, Canada), Wi-Fi networking hardware and software provider Plume (Palo Alto, CA), and Qualcomm Technologies (San Diego) have announced a partnership with industrial tools and household hardware and security products provider Stanley Black & Decker (New Britain, CT) in the creation of the latter's "ground-breaking" home security product.

The Omni security product, say the companies, is a self-install security and motion detection system that alerts users to motion in and around their homes and businesses without the privacy risks, set-up hassles, or high costs that come with security cameras and sensors. It is enabled by Cognitive Systems' Aura WiFi Motion technology, Plume's cognitive service curation platform, OpenSync device software stack, and Qualcomm's advanced Qualcomm Mesh Networking Platform.

The collaboration between the four organizations, say the companies, is an unprecedented step toward creating a truly cognitive, smart home or business.

"Our goal is to provide our customers with a security product that provides true peace of mind," says Spencer Maid, Vice President, Breakthrough Innovation at Stanley Black & Decker. "Cognitive Systems' Aura WiFi Motion technology, combined with Adaptive WiFi delivered through Plume's cognitive service curation platform, allows true interoperability between IoT devices to ensure motion is monitored and interpreted effectively, enabling customers to not only protect their homes and businesses, but also keep their privacy intact."

Taj Manku, Co-Founder and CEO at Cognitive Systems says, "With more than 35 patents granted, we are very well positioned to disrupt the smart home industry by providing motion detection for security applications and elder care, and most notably, the vital context needed to make a truly smart home. Our WiFi Motion software stack allows Stanley Black & Decker’s Omni to provide motion detection coverage across an entire home or business, without cameras, so that users know their locations and loved ones are safe and secure."

Cognitive's technology uses unique radio frequency (RF) sensing technology that can “see” and interpret Wi-Fi signals. On top of this RF sensing, Cognitive Systems uses predictive analytics for reliable and accurate detection and localization of motion.

Cognitive’s solution integrates with OpenSync, an open source embedded software that allows partners like Cognitive to launch applications to a ready-made audience across millions of homes. OpenSync intelligently processes data collected


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