The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects or “things” embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, which enables these objects to collect and exchange data.
Israel is a leading hub for innovation in the internet of things.
As reported in No Camels, Israeli door and lock manufacturer Mul-T-Lock is marketing a new Bluetooth-based lock, which lets users create virtual “keys” on the spot to allow or deny access to homes or offices. Now owned by Swedish lock manufacturer Assa Abloy, the Yavne-based company’s ENTR system lets users control entry from a smartphone, tablet, or other Bluetooth-enabled device.
Designed to be retrofitted into existing doors, the ENTR system lets users lock or unlock doors from their device – or to create or disable “virtual keys” using the ENTR app. The virtual key consists of a series of letters, numbers, and signals – a key code, essentially – that is registered with the lock, enabling access to users who punch in the numbers correctly. The keys can be permanent, or created on the fly, to allow entry for one-time visitors or “latchkey kids” who come home when their parents are out.
The app can also bar anyone – even if they have a valid code – from entering during specific scheduled times. And, it can schedule the door to unlock itself at a specific time.
The guts of the system are based on algorithms developed by Freescale, a US chip maker that has a large R&D facility in Israel. IoT, according to Shmuel Barkan, director of Freescale Israel, is where chip development is going in the future, and the ENTR lock system is a good example of how the company’s technology can help build that IoT future.
Also, Apple Israel Could Be Behind Company’s Smart Home Breakthrough.
According to reports, Apple’s Israel R&D center, located in Herzliya Pituach, has filed a patent application with the Israel Patent Office for “flexible room controls,” a 3D sensor that will project virtual buttons on surfaces to allow users to control smart home devices. “Calcalist” reports that, according to the patent filing, the virtual buttons will allow users to control connected aspects of their homes like lighting levels, room temperature, sound systems and more. In addition, the state-of-the-art 3D sensor system will be able to detect where an individual is located in a room, as well as their height, in order to project the sensor at a comfortable distance.
Apple’s version of the ultimate smart home control will be installed on the living room ceiling so that it can scan the room to assess ultimate viewing comfort, including adjustments that should be made for different projection surfaces. The device will then project, at a comfortable distance, a series of virtual buttons that will allow you to change the channel, dim the lights, and turn down the air conditioning. In addition, as with many of Apple’s products, the aspect of efficiency is taken into account, making it possible for users to swipe and move the controls with the swift hand gesture.
Israel is a leading edge innovation hub for the internet of things, a fascinating sector which is changing the way we connect and live.