L2B Blog: Innovations In Smart Home Technology

With advancement in technology, scores of cool gadgets are finding their way into more and more homes and changing the way people live. These gadgets are not just fancy, they are providing quick solutions to everyday problems, making our lives so much easier. The simple designs and improved functions reduce human effort and conserve space. I am always interested in new gadgets and gizmos that are being developed, to make our home lives easier and I regularly surf the net looking for cool gadgets.

So, what can we look forward to in 2017?

Here are 5 of the best (in my opinion) that are going to make our homes a little smarter and our lives a little easier…….

1. Best Cookware

Now this is smart – WeMo wireless smart home platform, Belkin’s Crock-Pot is the first smartphone controllable slow cooker. Via the WeMo iOS or Android smartphone app, you can adjust the crock pot’s settings from anywhere, receive reminders, change the cook time, adjust the cooking temperature, use the timer to calculate cook times and process, or even check the status of your dish so you can come home to a perfectly cooked meal. How smart is that? And who wouldn’t like one? Me.. me.. me!

2. Best Refrigerator

Samsung (who else!) Family Hub. 4-door Flex Smart French Door Refrigerator – this connected refrigerator has everything but the kitchen sink. Its large touchscreen on the front door lets you view family member’s schedules, leave notes for each other, order groceries, play music and even watch TV! In addition, the fridge has three cameras inside which take a picture and email it to you every time you close the door. No more guessing or trying to remember if you need to buy more milk! Pricey of course, but this is the most innovative fridge. Ever!

3. Best Smart Garage Door Opener

Searching or reaching for that elusive garage door remote while trying to navigate a dark street at night or around children’s discarded toys or even sometimes your children often proves awkward and dangerous, to say the least. Chamberlain’s garage door opener lets you tap your device’s screen to open or close your garage door. The company is also planning to add geofencing capabilities so it can sense when you are approaching your driveway and automatically open the garage door and then once your car is safely parked inside, to close your garage door. This gadget has been designed to be utilised on most existing garage doors.

4. Smart Lighting

Smart lighting is not new with many designs already having an app component for remote control. Believe it or not, though, a new smart lights system can actually sense when you (and your phone!) are on your way home and will react accordingly by turning the lights on or off, This type of automation is achieved by tying your lighting system into your phone’s geofencing features. Geofencing taps into the phone’s GPS system, in order to alter your lighting system when you’re in the area. If you are always carrying your phone, you may never have to enter into a dark driveway or doorway again, and all happens without programming, scheduling or actually touching any buttons. So smart!

5. Smart Faucet (tap)

This environmentally friendly faucet (tap) saves up to 57 litres per unit, per year. That’s a big smart saving! This innovative technology helps conserve water sources and also conserves energy with its intelligent design. By conserving water and energy, you leave behind a reduced carbon footprint. It can be used easily by everyone, including children, the elderly and the disabled.

There is so much new, interesting, useful and smart technology out there, that I found it hard to keep it to just 5, I just had to add this last one as this is something I would really want…

and…… (drumroll)…….. Smart Robot Vacuum Cleaners

Floor cleaning and vacuuming are now easier with a range of Deebots from Ecovacs, a pioneer in the field of engineering robotic vacuum cleaners. The D77, the latest Deebot is a 3-dimensional cleaning solution that has smart technology to detect and navigate obstacles! It even has the capability to automatically empty its own dustbin (so smart!). It has different modes for cleaning different types of flooring. And the best … even when you are not at home, you can pre-set it to clean your floors with its intelligent time scheduling feature. Smart, so very, very smart.

While most of this smart technology is already available and installed in homes overseas in the USA and UK, we, unfortunately, will have to wait a while longer for it to reach our shores. I am waiting in anticipation…….

Information sourced from the following sites:
http://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-smart-home-gadgets,review-2008.html

https://shisystems.com/blog?view=entry&id=45
http://www.lifehack.org/articles/technology/20-smart-home-technology-gadgets-that-will-leave-you-spellbound.html

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Featured Project: Jangamo Mineral Sands Project, Mozambique

Jangamo Mineral Sands Project, Mozambique

Jangamo Mineral Sands Project, Mozambique

Description: Jangamo Mineral Sands Project is a 180 km² area heavy mineral sands project, located in a mineral sands province in southern Mozambique. Geological reconnaissance and scout drilling work has confirmed that the project is covered by a series of north-east trending quaternary dunal and fluvial systems. The area has three morphological zones, composed of two inland dunes (red sands), which are the areas with the highest elevation, separated by a low lying area (alluvial sands), with different sedimentary characteristics.

Status: Tender

Industry: Mining

Region: Mozambique

Sector: Private

Value: R 100 million+ 

Timing: 2014 onwards.

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Featured Project: Imaloto Coal Project, Madagascar

Description: Acquired by Lemur in April 2011 through its acquisition of Coal of Madagascar Limited, the Imaloto Coal Project is located in the Imaloto Coal Basin, which is the northern-most coal field in the greater Sakoa Basin of South West Madagascar, located approximately 30 km north-west of the Sakoa Basin, where coal mining has previously been carried out. The Imaloto Coal Project area lies approximately 20km north-west of the town of Benenitra, between the north-south flowing Imaloto River and the west-east flowing Onilahy River. The Imaloto Coal Project area consists of 3 permits covering a total of 11 concession blocks, giving a license area of approximately 69km²: Permit 3196 consists of 3 concession blocks and is an exploration license. Permit 4578 consists of 4 blocks and is a full mining license. Permit 12653 consists of 4 blocks and is an exploration license. Imaloto is favourably located near the existing port of Tulear and adjacent to the proposed Soalara Port, where infrastructure planning is underway to provide a mineral bulk handling export facility. Lemur has identified the importance of an independent power-producing project that is destined to be implemented alongside its Imaloto coal project. 

Status: Awarded

Industry: Mining

Region: Madagascar

Sector: Private

Value: R 100 million+ 

Timing: 2015 onwards

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Featured Project: Lagos Mega City Initiative – Residential Ikoyi

Description: Construction of a luxury residential development in Ikoyi as part of the Lagos Mega City Initiative in Nigeria. LASG has conceived an initiative to provide the City of Lagos with world class residential, business, recreational and other facilities to position Lagos in line with the other mega cities of the World. LASG is looking for suitable entities to partner with it on a PPP basis to undertake the delivery of these facilities.

Status: Conceptual

Industry: Residential

Region: Nigeria

Sector: Public Private Partnership

Value: R 100 million+ 

Timing: 2017 onwards

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Featured Project: Lagos Mega City Initiative, Central Business District, Marina Quays

Description: Construction of a central business district in Marina Quays as part of the Lagos Mega City Initiative in Nigeria. LASG has conceived an initiative to provide the City of Lagos with world class residential, business, recreational and other facilities to position Lagos in line with the other mega cities of the World. LASG is looking for suitable entities to partner with it on a PPP basis to undertake the delivery of these facilities.

Status: Conceptual

Industry: Office & Commercial

Region: Nigeria

Sector: Public Private Partnership

Value: R 100 million+

Timing: 2017 onwards

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Featured Project: Pinnacle Towers, Nairobi – Hilton Hotel

Description: Construction of a commercial building tower on Land Title No. Nairobi/ Block 31/219 at the junction of Upper Hill Road and Haile Selassie Avenue in Nairobi, Kenya. The project plot area measures about 1.002 ha. The project entails construction up a multiple use premise (45-storey building) that will comprise of two towers; one tower of approximately 212.40 meters (696.9 feet) high and another one of about 137.40 metres (450.8 feet) high and associated facilities like parking bays occupying the middle ground. The plot preferred for the development has an area of about 2.5 acres. The design for the commercial building tower provides for the construction of four components; a commercial component of about 30 000m² of total floor area, a residential component of about 10 000m² of total floor area, a hotel of about 15 000m² of total floor area and a retail component of maximum 15 000m². The hotel will be The Hilton Nairobi Upper Hill and the larger mixed-use development, which will include a residential, retail and entertainment complex, as well as an adjacent office tower, will be Africa’s tallest building, standing at 330m. Hilton Nairobi Upper Hill will comprise of an executive lounge and five food and beverage outlets, including a relaxing poolside bar, speciality smokehouse and grill restaurant, lobby dining area with landscaped deck and a boutique rooftop bar with unbeatable vista views of the Nairobi skyline on the 43rd level. The 255 guest-room hotel will be located in the shorter of the twin towers while the taller arm will be an office block. Estimated project value: US$ 194m. 

Status: Underway

Industry: Hospitality & Leisure

Region: Kenya

Sector: Private

Value: R 100 million+

Timing: Completion due by December 2019.

Notes: The 70-floor mixed-use twin tower development, called the Pinnacle Towers in Nairobi’s Upperhill area and will cost a whopping US$ 194m. It will encompass a 45-floor Hilton hoteland at 900 feet; the building will have the highest viewing deck in Africa. There will also be 200 residential houses ran by Hilton Hotel that will include one bedroom, two bedrooms, and three bedroom fully furnished luxury apartments. To this point, the developers have spent US$ 14m in the construction of the foundation and preparation stage. The development is projected to be complete by December 2019, although the 255-room hotel may be completed earlier.

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Featured Project: WellCity, Togo – Shopping Mall

Description: Construction of a shopping mall and parking bays, as part of a mixed-use development in Lome, Togo known as WellCity. The new town is located north of the Greater Lomé National No. 1, Lome-Dapaong, 15 kilometres from the city center. Over 1 000 new villas and apartments are to be constructed. Included in this development will be a shopping mall, hotel, school and a clinic. The proposed development covers an area of 100 hectares connected by an expressway a mile to the National # 1. It is close to the new Police Academy and the new dry port development. 

Status: Awarded

Industry: Building

Region: Togo

Sector: Private

Value: R 100 million+ 

Timing: 2017 onwards

Notes: This development is going to be constructed over 4 phases. The first stage of construction which is the 200 villas is due for completion in 2020. Ultimately, there will be 1000 housing units constructed.

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Featured Project: Radisson Blu Beach Resort, Cape Verde – Hotel

Description: Construction of a five-star hotel for a new Radisson Blu Beach Resort Hotel located in Santa Maria, Cape Verde. The five-star beach resort designed with a modern minimalistic design will have 240 guest rooms, two restaurants, four bars including a roof top, wellness spa and an iconic swimming pool design with various pools and lounges leading onto a white sandy beach and ocean. The beach resort will offer the largest conference centre in Cape Verde islands with more than 1500 meters of dedicated meeting and event space. 

Status: Underway

Industry: Building

Region: Cape Verde

Sector: Private

Value: R 100 million+

Timing: Completion due by the end of 2019.

Notes: Construction has commenced on this beach resort hotel which is expected to be complete by the end of 2019.

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Featured Project: Vision City, Rwanda, Phase 2, Housing

Description: Construction of residential apartments as part of Phase 2 for a mixed-use development in Rwanda. The proposed development is set on a prime 158 hectare tract of land in Gaculiro, Kinyinya Sector of Gasabo district, this high-end estate is adjacent to RSSB constructed Vision 2020 Estate and approximately 3 km from the proposed Central Business District (CBD) at Muhima and 6 km from Kigali International Airport. It will consist of over 4 500 units in different configurations ranging from luxury villas to apartments to be built in 4 phases over 8 years.

Status: Procedural

Industry: Building

Region: Rwanda

Sector: Private

Value: R 100 million+

Timing: 2017 onwards.

Notes: The first phase of the project is now complete, putting 504 spectacular properties on the market for home-owners to buy. Currently selling off the completed properties.

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Featured Project: Bridge Power Project, Phase 1, Ghana

Description: Bridge Power Project, Phase 1, Ghana

Status: Underway

Industry: Infrastructure

Region: Ghana

Sector: Private

Value: R 100 million+ 

Timing: 2017 onwards

Notes: The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has cut the sod for the commencement of construction of the 400-MegaWatt Bridge Power project, the world’s largest LPG-fired power plant. Construction has commenced. Contract period has not been stated.

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