MyFOX and the Internet of Things

electrical energy, energy efficiency, energy savingsThe boom in mobile devices and worldwide networks in the early XXIst century has enabled the ICT sector to reach a higher level of development, known as the Internet of Things (IoT). Made possible by simultaneous breakthroughs in telecommunications and networking of modern equipment, the Internet of Things, or embedded intelligence in things, can also be construed as a physical extension of the internet.

MyFox, a French security expert innovating thanks to the Internet of Things

The start-up company MyFox is a leader in the IoT sector, specializing in remote monitoring and control through so-called “smart” devices. Such devices are crucial to and at the core of the Internet of Things. Its commitment to cater for a niche market as well as its very high added-value products are the two pillars of MyFox’s innovative approach, making it a pioneer in smart devices and home security.

The IoT is transformative of daily life. Based on its home automation expertise, MyFox offers smart surveillance devices which contribute to the security of both people and their belongings at home. Remote control and surveillance are made possible by (mostly) wireless technology.

The Internet of Things, a “system of systems” of communicating devices

As its name implies, the Internet of Things is a “system of systems” encompassing a range of physical objects. Each object is fitted with a “smart system” connected to a control unit which gathers information via wires (internet/Ethernet cords) or through wireless technology (WiFi, WiMax). The Internet of Things can be thought of as a machine system which directly communicates with users by interacting with the environment through smart objects connected to a control unit / system administrator.

The IoT is extremely versatile. Devices can communicate with one another without the need for a more complex entity to supervise the overall operation. For instance, one can pay for their groceries simply by extending their smart phone to a NFC reader (Near Field Communication).

The IoT brings about new environment-machine communication patterns

However, more complex operations require an intermediary data collection unit (PC, server, cloud computing, data warehouse) to enable the various systems to communicate with each other, for instance in the following situations:

-          when physical interaction between smart objects is impossible;

-          when the interaction requires the collection of physical data from the environment (air temperature, light, air humidity…);

-          when the interaction requires the accurate measurement of quantities (refrigerator stocks, warehouse stocks).

Increasingly integrated language compatibility crucial to the Internet of Things

Language compatibility between communicating objects is crucial to successful transactions. Just like the internet uses various languages and protocols (TCP/IP, SMTP, HTTP, etc.), it will be essential for the IoT to define standard communication protocols which will enable smart objects to interact  with each other regardless of their function or their physical characteristics.

Countless practical applications

The Internet of Things and its contribution to new patterns of human-machine and machine-to-machine communication are transformative of key industry sectors. The increasing use of GPS in transportation is a good example of how the IoT affects this sector: embedded GPS, that is on-board computers or smart phones fitted with satellite positioning chips (using the American GPS and A-GPS, the Russian Glonass or the European Galileo systems) or parcels fitted with GPS trackers have contributed to significant gains in supply chain productivity.

The IoT opens up a wide range of practical applications, such as security and energy consumption optimization through smart systems. In the long run, consumers will be able to purchase affordable smart devices which will assist them beyond conventional home automation by anticipating their needs, helping them save energy and giving them remote control of the system. Thanks to this new tool, architects and urban planners will be able to reconfigure the space around us towards more convenient mobility and optimal resource usage.

MyFox solutions

GPRS communication relies on contactless positioning technologies derived from the GSM (or 2G) mobile standard. It does not require any internet connection and enables voice contact. MyFox recommends that its clients use it to be reachable at all times. Betting on mobility and taking advantage of the increasing use of communication technology, the start-up company went a step further by creating a smart phone application (for Android and iOS) which enables clients to remotely control their home security system.

Thanks to MyFox, clients can remotely control their smart objects. Such systems allow for optimal use of home appliances, thus contributing to higher energy savings. On top of bringing additional comfort to users, home automation can help reduce energy bills for households

Home-automation and cyber-security, a promising sector

By betting on the Internet of Things, MyFox positioned itself on a promising high-tech sector. Securing the usage of smart devices and protecting the data they generate has indeed become a crucial challenge.

The 3.2 million euros MyFox recently raised will help the fledgling company to invest in R&D and develop internationally.

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