You sent over some great questions this morning. Unfortunately for the article (and for us being represented in it), our company is not product centric, but solutions oriented.
eLifespaces has focused its “eco-friendly” efforts into providing owners the tools which allow them to monitor and control (even from afar) their home’s (or office’s) energy usage over their smartphone or electronic tablet. The eLifespaces certified and licensed staff has focused their efforts into four primary areas:
The control and information provided by eLifespaces’ systems are safeguarded to its owner. For example, you will not see control of a homeowner’s thermostats sold to the local utility company for other utility company purposes.
eLifespaces stays abreast of new and evolving technologies that are constantly being developed to complement current practices in creating greener homes. The common objective of “eco-friendly” is that green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by efficiently using energy and other resources.
Industry studies have shown that by a homeowner just simply knowing how much energy he/she is using, this will lead to behavioral changes that can reduce energy consumption. A multiple of these studies have proven this point, measuring typical savings in a range from 5-15%. Some studies show these savings as high as 25%.
Truthfully; somewhat selfishly; and, not so nobly; “eco-friendly” can save money while safeguarding our personal lifestyle information.
In our Network + Certification class last night, one of the topics discussed was media on which data is transmitted. As we discussed Cat5e, Cat6, Cat6a, Cat7, and HDBaseT cabling, we segmented to a conversation on the purpose of HDMI cabling. Simply looking at the connection is intimidating to most. These connections are made in very controlled environments, and cannot be created in the field. Legitimate cabling is certified (present version is 2.0). Caveat emptor – there are plenty of “knock offs” that look like the Real McCoy, are cheaper, but simply will not perform under certain conditions (we’ll cover this in a moment). The cable possesses nineteen signal conductors (see figure to the left), all having a vital function in transmitting the signaling features (video resolution up to 4K@50/60, (2160p) [4 times the clarity of 1080p/60 video resolution], 32 audio channels, 21:9 aspect ratio, and others) for which the cable was designed. If the cable (or the sending and receiving processes taking place over the cable) does not occur correctly, the signal will simply NOT transmit in its entirety.
To understand this whole process, we must first understand that the purpose of this cable (and the engine behind it) was to prevent the piracy of high-definition content to the general public. First, true high definition is media content of 1080p and above – not the manufacturer’s marketing departments who would have you believe that anything above a 480i signal is high-definition. This truly high-definition content could be seen and heard as long as the transmitting signal was protected in a bound environment.
Each device that is capable of sending and/or receiving a high-definition signal is embedded with an EDID (extended display identification data) chip. This chip stores the device’s identification data and encryption data. Occasionally, the device’s chip will require updating as modifications to the encryption methodology change. With two authentic HD devices (both embedded with EDID chips) connected with an HDMI cable, the signaling transmission process may begin on content that requires signal broadcast protection.
The authentication protocol, HDCP (high-bandwidth digital copy protection) will have the two devices verify one-another’s ID and matching encryption algorithms. The source device generates a new key and shares it with the receiving device. In other words, it creates a secret access code. The process (which takes place in 12 nanoseconds) is known as “handshaking” using the HDCP protocols. After authentic “handshaking,” the source device will begin transmitting the encoded signal using the secret access code. The transmission uses a process known as TMDS, transition minimized differential signaling, to move the information back-and-forth. At the receiving end, the device decodes the signal using the same secret access code. If either device detects anomalies in the connection, the transmission stops. Multiple times each minute, the source device continues to verify that the key has not changed and the connection remains secure.
As a side note, all HDMI-compatible devices are required to support HDCP, but the companies that manufacture and distribute high-definition content aren’t required to enable it. In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mandates this content-protection ability.
Countless emails have been sent to us notifying of the senders intend to be closed Memorial Day. These type notifications may now be classified as SPAM. Be that as it may, thank you to the men and women of our armed forces and to their families for making the freedom we enjoy a part of our everyday lives. Have a very safe Memorial Day. And yes, we too will be closed.
Our goals this week – take the feed from our service provider’s modem; isolate our network from that of the grid (at least from any electrical surge matters), and maintain a 100Gbs speed – network wide. Done, and our system is faster than ever.
Old switches were replaced; new POE and non-POE gigabit switches installed; then reconfigured the four networks that service our needs. That is when I realized our operation had experienced the “cobbler’s kids” syndrome.
The next generation of connected smart devices such as TV’s, audio/video streaming media, HVAC thermostats, security cameras, smart phones, and even household appliances are here and they all have one thing in common – they need a fast internet connection and a strong network infrastructure to perform up to their full potential.
More and more, consumers are finding that their old home networks are just not adequate any longer for the new wave of network enabled devices due to the increased network traffic being generated by these devices as they communicate with each other.
While service providers such as Comcast and AT&T are constantly upgrading their networks in order to provide faster and faster internet connections, many consumers are still unable to take advantage of the faster speeds being made available due to home networks with antiquated wiring and outdated routers / switches.
Many homes are over-dependent on Wi-Fi networks because of the convenience of being wireless. What they don’t realize is that with wireless convenience comes a price – Wi-Fi is a good deal slower than a hard wired connection.
While Wi-Fi is typically fine for surfing the internet or transferring small files from one computers to the next, and it is an absolute necessity for iPhones and iPads – it shows it’s true colors when you try to do things like transfer large files over 1 GB or stream a movie over Netflix or play an online game on your Playstation.
Services like Netflix and Hulu Plus are becoming the preferred choice for watching movies and TV shows, but a lot of Wi-Fi connections can choke down streaming HD content. Not only will your picture be less than stellar, but movies can take a while to buffer before they become watchable depending on how far you are from the router, how much interference you have, and so on. A straight wired connection will usually get you crystal clear HD and quick streaming. Downloading a movie, can seem like an eternity over wireless, which isn’t fun when you want to watch a movie right now.
Earlier this week, my app for viewing CCTV cameras at my home and office cleared out all my cameras. Painstakingly, the process of re-entering all the data to recall these devices began. It was not until yesterday that I realized the error was not in the user – but the application itself! While attempting technical support for a new camera not in the app’s database, I receive the following response email from Eggman Technologies (the developers of LiveCam Pro):
We are out of office until Monday April 14 at 9am EST. Please use the following resources to assist you while we’re gone:
Live Cams Pro has been temporarily removed from iTunes due to a data loss issue. We are aware of the problem and will restore the app for sale after April 14th. Users who update from v3.9 to v 3.9.1 may lose their favorites and private camera data. If you can, please prevent your iOS device from auto-updating and do not download v3.9.1. If you have already upgraded and the data is gone, you will need to restore a device backup from iTunes or enter the data again.
myLiveCams Free/Pro 1.3.3 is the current Android release on Google Play and Amazon
Eggman Technologies Inc.
Many of our friend, family, and customers use this app. We thought you all should be aware that the developers are in the process of addressing this issue.
Watching the next evolution of electronics is fascinating! Wearable electronics was just the tip of a huge iceberg in which the flexible (and miniature) electronics will take on form factors never imagined five years ago. NUI (natural user interfaces) in how we as humans interact with electronics will never be the same. I have heard it said about the law of accelerating returns, Moore’s law, and a few others that technology and software services are developing faster than most people can absorb them.
Be that as it may, our adoption of these devices is staggering. Achieving an adoption rate of 10% took 30 years for electricity – 25 years for telephones – and less than five years for tablet devices.
We started right before Thanksgiving. Time to “change it up” a little bit – the showroom that is. Our target date was Valentine’s Day. It appears that we are on target. Come see some of the new enhancements we have made!
Day One of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is wrapping up. Big “curved” high-definition TVs are everywhere. Technology and the health industry are collaborating with SmartPhones to keep and “eye” on your health. The automobile industry is embracing technology with brute force. And accessories for those SmartPhones are everywhere! Stay tuned…
Our eLifespaces family hopes your Christmas and Holiday Season was very merry and that you will have a great New Year.
As 2013 comes to a close, please keep us in mind for any projects you may have planned in 2014.
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