Prodea’s Residential Operating System aims to connect our devices under one roof (via Prodea PR)
We live in a world of mobile technology and home electronics, which is only going to continue to grow over in the decades. Wearable computing, home automation and other smart-devices are also on the rise thanks to the Internet of Things and businesses are continuing to develop those devices as the trend continues to grow. The one issue preventing true interaction with the IoT is communication. Sure, we have devices connected to the internet, however they have difficulty communicating with one another, which is what IoT is supposed to be about. A tech start-up known as Prodea believes they can bridge that lack of communication between devices with their new Residential Operating System designed to house all of those electronics and devices under one roof.
With a $100-million in funding and 8-years of development under their belt, Prodea designed their ROS to bring together home automation, home security, on-demand services and cloud computing in one simple package. This means that the system brings together thermostats, camera systems, entertainment, lighting and entertainment with a simple interface to control them all. The beauty of Prodea’s ROS is its scalability, allowing users to connect a huge number of devices and allowing users the ability to customize the settings to suit their needs. For example, when users sit on their couch, the lights will dim, shades are drawn and a movie begins playing with a restaurant menu for ordering pizza delivery. Alternatively, when leaving your home, the doors lock, temperatures are adjusted and your security cameras kick on to monitor your home. The possibilities are seemingly endless with what can be done with the platform. Prodea also offers a set-top box, which only offers on-demand programming as well as alerts for the ROS platform, which is akin to just about any smart-TV with built-in services such as Netflix and Hulu Plus. So what does all that funding and time actually bring to the table?
Nothing as of yet, as there are only details of the OS and its functionality listed on Prodea’s website along with a host of companies (including GE, D-Link, Schlage, etc.) whose products will function under the platform. The ROS is not yet available for the mass-market so an in-depth analysis of its functionality is not possible at this time, however it should be at some point in the near future. Until that time comes for its release, those wanting an IoT-enabled house can use the tested and released connection offerings from Z-Wave or ZigBee, which allows users to connect some of their devices for home automation using their respected apps or qualified controller. If Prodea’s ROS functions as its advertising suggests, then we should truly have an IoT environment where all of our devices can communicate with one another.
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