Make the smart home smarter! Hive Hub 360 launched

13 March 2018

Centrica Hive Limited is today (13th March 2018) launching the Hive Hub 360, a smart home hub that uses AI technology to detect and react to important sounds around the home. Such human-like hearing means the Hive Hub 360 can react independently – before notifying you via the Hive smartphone app.

The device, therefore, does not need to wait for commands from its owner, and provides extra peace of mind when you’re away. For example, on hearing your dog barking it can send a notification to your phone, so you can hear whether they are in trouble, barking at a stranger or just being noisy and take the appropriate action.

Audio Analytic (covered in EPDT's December '17 issue), the pioneer of cloudless artificial audio intelligence, provides Centrica Hive Limited with the software which gives the new Hive Hub 360 its human-like sense of hearing. Audio Analytic’s software currently enables the Hive Hub 360 to recognise and react to three key sounds that need action: glass in windows or doors breaking, dogs barking and smoke or carbon monoxide alarms sounding.

Comments Tom Guy, global product director at Centrica Hive Limited, “Our customers are at the heart of everything we do and we are always looking for the latest innovative technology to make their lives easier. Working with Audio Analytic has given us the opportunity to build in the very latest sound recognition technology into the Hive Hub 360. Combining form and function, the hub is stylishly designed as the centrepiece for the Hive ecosystem, while also giving our customers extra peace of mind when away from their homes.”

Audio Analytic’s software, ai3, has been designed with privacy in mind. While it will detect and react to specific sounds that it has been calibrated for, it does not send data to the cloud continuously for analysis. Using edge-based intelligence, ai3 processes sounds locally without depending on vast computing resources or streaming constantly to the cloud.

Credit: Hive Home

Commenting on the emergence of sound recognition as a vital technology for smart homes, Francisco Jeronimo, research director at computing research company IDC, said: “The sense of hearing is essential in the AI world, as it enables devices to understand context, which is the ability of the device to identify different sounds from the environment and understand whether an action needs to be taken or not.

“IDC believes that sound recognition is a key strategic technology that should be made available in all connected devices that will use AI to offer unique experiences to their users, by providing context-awareness to their personal digital assistants.”

For more information, visit this link from Hive.

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