KW 33: Sonos gets early patent victory against Google smart speakers, Compatible smart home standard Matter not available until 2022, Bosch smart home devices listen to Mercedes voice assistant


Sonos gets early patent victory against Google smart speakers: Sonos has netted a legal victory in a patent dispute with Google, as a US trade judge ruled that some Pixel smartphones and Nest audio speakers infringe on Sonos’s technology and could be barred from import. Judge Charles Bullock of the US International Trade Commission found that Google has infringed on five patents related to synchronizing audio, adjusting volume and connecting to Wi-Fi. To hear Sonos tell the story, Google got a behind-the-scenes look at Sonos‘ hardware in 2013, when Google agreed to build Google Play Music support for Sonos speakers. Sonos claims Google used that access to „blatantly and knowingly“ copy Sonos‘ audio features for the Google Home speaker, which launched in 2016.,

Compatible smart home standard Matter not available until 2022: Back in 2019, Apple announced that it was teaming up with Samsung, Amazon, Google, and the Zigbee Alliance to create a more open and secure standard for smart home accessories. Then referred to as “Connected Home over IP” and eventually rebranded to “Matter,” the launch has now been delayed until 2022. Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA) CEO Tobin Richardson wrote in a blog post that while Matter itself has a “feature-complete specification,” the group still has to finish developing the SDK and the certification program by which developers will be able to get both existing and new hardware officially labeled as Matter-approved.

Bosch smart home devices listen to Mercedes voice assistant: Bosch is turning cars into the command centers for smart homes: using Mercedes-Benz’s MBUX infotainment system, Bosch Smart Home applications can be controlled by voice command from the vehicle. In addition to shutters and heating thermostats, the system can also be used to control light switches and smart adapters, and to check the status of motion detectors and door/window contacts. Using voice commands allows the driver to stay focused on the road.

Signify wants to defy Covid crisis with smart home and air purifiers: The trend toward home offices was significantly accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This had a partially negative impact on office equipment suppliers. However, the new head at Signify for Germany, the world market leader in lighting, Rada Rodriguez, expects the lighting industry to recover more quickly from the pandemic than other sectors. Signify’s 2020 Covid revenues were down just over 12 percent to 6.5 billion euros. In 2021, revenues rose by a comparable eight percent to just under three billion euros in the first half of the year.

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Building blocks of a smart city: To create a smart city, various pieces of the puzzle are put together in such a way that the picture of a perfectly structured and efficient city emerges. Digitization and payment are used as the unifying elements. Administration is also to become more centralized, more digital and thus more convenient so that the smart city model can function. In the area of public transportation, it is of great importance to make its use as convenient as possible. Using Tap&Go, for example, passengers no longer have to buy their tickets at ticket machines, but simply hold their NFC-enabled credit or debit card up to the checking device so that the best fare can be determined automatically. But making existing forms of mobility – public transport, e-scooters, car sharing – available in an app also makes it easier to use. Administration should also become more centralized, more digital and thus more convenient. In addition to smart mobility and smart government, many other pieces of the puzzle such as smart environment, smart living, smart economy and ultimately smart people contribute to the goal of a smart city. Most of these areas take place digitally – and smart payment holds these pieces together.

This is how heating 2.0 works: Many experts are certain that networked, intelligent homes equipped with innovative control and communication technologies will be part of everyday life by 2040 at the latest. The market for smart home offerings is already growing. The government’s new climate targets will increase the pressure for change even further. As a result, numerous providers are also making efforts to digitize the control of home heating. In April this year, heating meter reader Techem unveiled software that can remotely monitor the heat supply in homes. 15 employees can then access the dashboard and are each responsible for a region with an average of 200 heating systems. The program can be used to indicate when a heating boiler is failing or malfunctioning. The measured values are transmitted by radio to a company cloud and evaluated by an artificial intelligence system. The algorithms have learned certain temperature constellations for the evaluation. Other startups such as Vilisto and Tado from Germany also want to automate heating and air conditioning systems with intelligent thermostats – and help save a lot of energy in the process.

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„Wuppertal and Guangzhou can jointly set impulses and develop projects in the areas of sustainable urban development, circular economy, climate protection and also in the areas of future mobility and smart city.“
Wuppertal’s mayor Uwe Schneidewind has signed a cooperation agreement with the southern Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou – the focus of the agreement is cooperation on the topics of climate protection and sustainable urban development.


Nokia’s smartphone: 25 years since it changed the world: Nokia presented its 9000 Communicator at the CeBIT 1996 computer fair in Hanover, Germany, and launched on August 15 of that year. „The office in your back pocket“ added to the IBM Simon from 1994 and the HP OmniGo 700LX from March 1996. The phone had 8 MB of memory and a 33MHz processor. The screen was a black and white LCD, with a then-high resolution of 640×200 pixels. The long, thin screen meant it could offer a first: a graphical web browser on a mobile device. If you still have a Nokia Communicator 9000 in the drawer, hold on to it. The first smartphones are still in demand on eBay and other platforms and sell for over $600.

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