Remote control, monitoring in the home: How are consumer attitudes changing?
Major providers have jumped on the bandwagon to provide connected home devices as part of ‘managed systems’
A growing number of’ smart home’ products on the market at the moment are being deployed via service providers, making home automation accessible to the mass market, beyond just the traditionally-seen high-end, luxury systems. Major providers such as ADT, Comcast, Deutsche Telekom, BT and E.On have jumped on the bandwagon to provide connected home devices as part of ‘managed systems’. These cloud-based systems enable the consumer to remotely control their home via a smartphone, tablet or web-portal, and target a range of applications including energy consumption, home security, and comfort or convenience.
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.