Miles Kingston, General Manager, Smart Home Group, Intel | AWS re:Invent 2017
Intel’s ‘four pillars of tech’ propel its smart home strategy
As the “internet of things” produces more functional products for everyday use, smart devices are becoming increasingly common fixtures in the home. These learning-enabled tools offer benefits, from convenience to safety to cost-saving perks, and are quickly gaining popularity around the country.
“Technology has finally advanced enough … that we can analyze all of this data and truly start doing some of the artificial intelligence that will help you make your home smarter,” said Miles Kingston (pictured), general manager of the Smart Home Group at Intel. To help guide consumers through this new frontier of smart home tech, Intel has devoted a new department, the Smart Home Group, to building and managing smart household devices.
Kingston spoke with John Furrier (@furrier) and Lisa Martin (@LuccaZara), co-hosts of theCUBE, during the AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. They discussed the explosion of smart devices for consumers over the past few years and what Intel is doing in partnership with Amazon Web Services Inc. to ensure efficient integrations. (* Disclosure below.)
From connected tech to smart homes
Though the monikers “connected” and “smart” are often used synonymously in conversations around home tech, Intel sees smart devices as the next step in the evolution from connected technology. Through the Smart Home Group, the company is working toward accelerating the transition into smart tech for homes.
“We spent years going into thousands of consumers homes … to truly understand some of the pain points that they were experiencing. We gave all this information to our architects and synthesized it into what areas we need to advance technology to enable some of these richer use cases,” Kingston said.
Currently, the work of advancing technology is focused primarily around the foundational building blocks of a smart home. Intel is working to ensure that these expansions are managed safely by focusing on what Kingston calls the four technology pillars: security, voice, vision and artificial intelligence.
“We’ve partnered with companies like McAfee on security software that will … manage all of the connected devices in your home as that extra layer of security,” he said.