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Freeview TV guide update

The Freeview TV guide is being updated on Wednesday, 3 September 2014 to create extra capacity for new services. As a result, Children’s and News channels will move to new channel numbers. •  The Children’s genre will move from LCN 70 to start at LCN 120 •  The News genre will move from LCN 80 to start at LCN 130 To update their guide viewers simply need to retune their Freeview TVs and digital boxes where equipment does not pick up the changes automatically. On-screen messages will prompt viewers to retune on or after 3 September 2014. Viewers who don’t retune will not lose channels – services will remain accessible at their old numbers. However, Digital UK and Freeview recommend viewers retune from time-to-time to ensure they have access to all available services in their area.

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Freeview TV guide update

The Freeview TV guide is being updated on Wednesday, 3 September 2014 to create extra…

Connected Home Newsletter – December 2013 to March 2014

This newsletter seeks to bring together news on the strengths, opportunities and threats that the…

Campbell & Kennedy selected as one of three companies by

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Connected Home Newsletter – December 2013 to March 2014

This newsletter seeks to bring together news on the strengths, opportunities and threats that the ‘Connected Home’ is facing from across the spectrum of areas that are molding the market. The newsletter will highlight developments in the building, energy, health, technology, security and financial sectors, as well as other areas which have a role to play in the development of the market. We will also aim to keep you informed of political, standard, and product developments that affect this marketplace.Using this monitoring service, techUK will also aim to identify and work with you on an ad hoc basis on pertinent issues for the Connected Home. The goal is to keep your strategic and business planning teams informed of this emerging market and help facilitate cross industry collaboration to help accelerate the market’s development where appropriate.We would encourage feedback on the newsletter, indicating what kind of news you would like to see more or less from. As well as your thoughts on activities we could take from these news stories, such as workshops, positions papers, roundtables, etc.For comments and further information please contact Xander Fare of techUK on Xander.Fare@techUK.org / 0207 331 2178.ConsultationsThe Department of Energy and Climate Change has opened a consultation to consider the existing regulatory framework regarding the provision of the Home Area Network (HAN) and whether any additional requirements are needed to ensure that the HAN is provided in all property types. As access to the HAN is of paramount importance for connected home devices, this consultation could be an opportunity for the industry to put forward their views on how it should be shaped.To view the full consultation, click here and if you feel techUK should make a response, please get in contact with me as soon as possible with your input. The consultation closes on the 22nd of May 2014.- The BSI has recently released the latest draft of PAS 182, Smart city concept model – Guide to establishing a model for data interoperability. To download, review and comment on the draft, go to http://drafts.bsigroup.com/Home/Details/52864 and register for free online (new users) and log in. The closing date for the consultation is Friday 16 May 2014. Please note that only comments submitted electronically through the online Draft Review System by the date given will be accepted.StrengthsWe identify strengths as new developments that are helping accelerate the development of the Connected Home market such as government funding or strategies, standards development or cross industry work.- Google buy Nest - In a deal signalling the strength of the IoT market and the home based smart devices market, Google bought Nest Labs in a $3.2bn deal, the second largest in Google’s history. Nest’s main product is a thermostat that learns how its users behave; it also has a Nest Protect smoke alarm which includes internet connectivity.According to industry commentators, it is unclear what this deal will mean for those looking at developing a truly interoperable connected home market. This is because it is unclear as to whether the new Google owned Nest will be deploying closed products that are only able to communicate with other Google or Nest owned devices, or whether it will use an open framework which would help bring more interoperable connected home devices to the market.More information about this can be found on www.greentechmedia.com hereSamsung Smart Home service launched - In another story highlighting the predicament of signs of a growing smart home device market on one side, but uncertainty around whether this will lead to a strong interoperable connected home market on the other, Samsung have launched their own smart home platform provider. The Samsung Smart Home service enables smart TVs, home appliances and smart phones to be connected and managed through a single integrated platform and server. As part of this, Samsung has developed a Smart Home software protocol (SHP) to enable connectivity between all Samsung Smart Home products and those from other device and appliance manufacturers.The platform has recently been launched and will first be made available in Korea, followed by the US, with other countries to follow. More information about this can be found on v-net.tv here and cnet.com here- Growth forecasted for smart buildings market - IDC Energy Insights have released a new report, Global Smart Buildings Forecast 2013-2018 which presents the state of the smart building market, drivers for technology adoption, and the business value generated by developing smart buildings. The report forecasts project spending to grow from $7.3 billion in 2014 to $21.9 billion in 2018, representing a 28.4% compound annual growth rate (CAGR). For more information about this report, click here.- Smart grid scenarios - On the 21st of January 2014 techUK invited Dr Nazmiye Ozkan to brief members on a piece of research she had undertaken looking at smart gridscenarios entitled “Scenarios for the Development of Smart Grids in the UK”. Dr Ozkan outlined the findings of her project which examined the various factors which might lead to different smart grid functionalities and capabilities across the UK as it develops. Including in this is the impact that an engaged consumer base with an active connected home market would have. If you are a techUK member you can view the presentation from this workshop and find out more about the full report here.- Smart metering update - Activity in the smart metering area is ramming up throughout this year as the start of the mass rollout in 2015 draws closer. In light of the rollout closing in, DECC have released their Smart Metering Summary Plan and their Second Annual Report on the Roll-out of Smart Meters which provides an explanation of smart metering and its benefits. The annual report describes the work that is being undertaken by the Government, energy suppliers and other stakeholders during the Foundation Stage of the roll-out and in particular the progress that has been made during 2013, to prepare for the period between Autumn 2015 and 2020 when most consumers will receive smart meters.In addition, the Data Communications Company (the organisation responsible for running the backlog infrastructure for smart metering including the communications hub devices which may prove to be a key means of strengthening the connected home market) have released an update on their activities and delivery, you can a presentation highlighting this here.OpportunitiesWe identify opportunities as developments whereby the industry can research or deploy their solutions for the Connected Home, such as Government grants, public sector projects, private sector collaborations and more.- The Policy Studies Institute (PSI) has performed research on “Consumer preferences for smart homes: a comparative study between the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy”. The aim of this project is to deliver significant insights into consumer acceptance and preferences for smart homes and technologies in the UK, Germany and Italy and summarise these into practical recommendations on the benefits and opportunities which smart homes can deliver to international utilities. The project also aims to become a valuable resource for businesses as well as policy-makers.Although the project is led by the PSI it worked with the Cardiff University School of Psychology, Germany's Ecologic Institute think tank and the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development.Dr Nazmiye Ozkan, a Senior Research Fellow at PSI, is the project leader. For more information about the project, click here.ThreatsWe identify threats as new developments which could undermine the strength of the Connected Home marketplace such as negative PR and regressive policy frameworks.- Computer security researchers say they have discovered a large "botnet" which infected internet-connected home appliances and then delivered more than 750,000 malicious emails.The California security firm Proofpoint, which announced its findings, said this may be the first proven "internet of things" based cyber attack involving "smart" appliances.Proofpoint said hackers managed to penetrate home-networking routers, connected multimedia centres, televisions and at least one refrigerator to create a botnet — or platform to deliver malicious spam or phishing emails from a device, usually without the owner's knowledge.For more information about this, view this smh.com.au article here and sky news article here.

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Freeview TV guide update

The Freeview TV guide is being updated on Wednesday, 3 September 2014 to create extra…

Connected Home Newsletter – December 2013 to March 2014

This newsletter seeks to bring together news on the strengths, opportunities and threats that the…

Campbell & Kennedy selected as one of three companies by

In July last year, Campbell & Kennedy (C&K) reported that it had been officially appointed…

Campbell & Kennedy selected as one of three companies by at800 to resolve disruption to Freeview from 4G

In July last year, Campbell & Kennedy (C&K) reported that it had been officially appointed by at800 as one of a number of contractors fully trained to resolve any Freeview problems that occurred due to the 4G roll-out. The company has now been appointed as just one of three companies, that at800 are taking forward to assist with any 4G issues and will cover Scotland and Northern Ireland. Both 4G mobile services and digital TV use bands of frequencies. The 800 MHz frequencies used by some 4G services are next to the frequencies used for Freeview. TVs and set-top boxes that receive Freeview may have the TV service blocked by these 4G signals; there is a very small chance this may cause disruption to a viewer’s Freeview service. at800 is an independent organisation created to ensure that all UK viewers continue to receive Freeview when 4G at 800 MHz is activated in their area. at800 is funded by and represents the UK mobile operators licensed to offer 4G mobile services at 800 MHz: EE, Telefónica UK (O2), Three and Vodafone.  Its total budget of £180 million is to run the mitigation scheme until one year after 98% of the UK population can receive 4G at 800 MHz. If a viewer calls at800, it will assess whether the disruption might be due to 4G at 800 MHz.  If so, it will arrange for an at800-accredited installer to visit the viewer’s home. C&K’s fully trained engineers will provide solutions to any households affected by 4G interference in Scotland and Northern Ireland, as well as communal TV systems on behalf of property managers. If 4G at 800 MHz is diagnosed as the cause of any disruption, C&K will fit an at800-approved filter to the TV system. This blocks 4G signals and enables viewers to continue receiving and watching Freeview as normal. If further work is required, C&K engineers are also fully trained to assess what is required and deliver it quickly and effectively. C&K, who are also one of Sky’s main contractors, has been delivering TV and aerial installation services for 60 years and so has the experience and infrastructure to manage this contract. Gerry Kennedy, Managing Director of C&K said, “We are delighted to be one of the three companies selected by at800 to carry out filter installation to those affected by 4G interference. With over 60 years of experience in carrying out aerial and satellite installations I am confident our engineers have the necessary skills to carry out excellent work on behalf of at800.”  Campbell & Kennedy has four divisions in total including electrical contracting services, fire safety services, green energy installation services as well as their digital TV sector (technology solutions). The company, which turns 60 this year, operates nationwide and has a wealth of clients from both the private and public sectors.

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Freeview TV guide update

The Freeview TV guide is being updated on Wednesday, 3 September 2014 to create extra…

Connected Home Newsletter – December 2013 to March 2014

This newsletter seeks to bring together news on the strengths, opportunities and threats that the…

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In July last year, Campbell & Kennedy (C&K) reported that it had been officially appointed…

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