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CECO HOME. This is the new ecosystem for Smart Homes. It combines two secure and reliable technologies - cellular and Thread. This ecosystem consists of different modules (CellThings and ThreadThings): routers, sensors, smart plugs, actuators and more, to solve one or more real problems in the home. The major benefits: security, reliability and self-monitoring. CECO ecosystem has open API for developers.
A CellThing is a thing or a device in CECO HOME that is connected via a cellular network. Any CellThing can be connected to a cloud directly via a cellular network or just be accessed directly from a cell phone via a cellular network by texting. The following networks are supported today: UMTS/HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100MHz, GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900MHz. The protocol for data exchange between CellThings and cloud is TCP.
A ThreadThing is any thing or device inside CECO HOME connected wirelessly (IEEE 802.15.4) with the help of Thread protocol. The service fee is zero for ThreadThings, because you do not need to buy connectivity for ThreadThings.
IoT Multiplug. This is one of the CellThings made by us. You can make your own too. IoT refers to the Internet of Things. IoT Multiplug is at the heart of CECO HOME. IoT Multiplug accepts all connections from ThreadThings and forwards them to the cloud via the cellular network. So, it functions as a router. But this is a useful router – it does more things than just routing. If any appliance with a plug is connected to the IoT Multiplug, it can be switched remotely from a cell phone - even without Internet access to the phone. IoT Multiplug is accessible directly by texting when there is no Internet connection available on the phone, for example when a person is traveling. Multiplug also sends a text message in the event of a power outage. IoT Multiplug can also report the temperature in a home. A router must be useful. Learn more.
CECO MODULE. This is a module for the DIY enthusiast or solution providers. Based on this module you can build your own solution to connect to anything you want in your home - directly via a cellular network. You can build your own router too. This also belongs to CellThings.
Connectivity. To be able to get CECO HOME accessible from outside via cellular network, you need to have connectivity on at least one CellThing - for example on the IoT Multiplug. For that you can use any 3G SIM card that will operate on a supported network, for example on T-Mobile or AT&T in USA, Rogers in Canada or EE, 02, Vodafone in the UK. CellThings are not locked. There are no monthly fees. You choose your provider for SIM cards. We will help too. Learn more about SIM cards from this post.
ThreadPlug is a smart plug connected to the cloud via the IoT Multiplug. Data first goes to the IoT Multiplug wirelessly (IEEE 802.15.4) using Thread protocol and then to the cloud. ThreadPlug belongs to ThreadThings.
Internet of Things. In this concept this is a global class that combines all the above classes. All things in the home become part of the Internet and can be controlled from the Internet. They belong to the Internet of Things. Since Multiplug is the heart of this solution, we call it the IoT (Internet of Things) Multiplug.
Open API. All CellThings support two-way live communication and API describes how to do it. This means that any developers and DIY enthusiasts can create their own services and apps using the free and open API that we provide.
iSockets. These are intelligent sockets (smart plugs). This has been a project of iSocket Systems since 2010. iSockets are all connected via the cellular network - any individual iSocket model must have it’s own connectivity. We can also call the IoT Multiplug an iSocket. The old iSocket generation does not have Open API. iSocket Systems will continue to offer iSockets, and they are now part of the CECO HOME ecosystem and belong to CellThings.
iSocket 3G. This is the latest iSocket model and the world’s first 3G power outage alert gadget. This was announced for USA and will be available for all other countries. It has Open API and is belong to CellThings. Learn more.
Cloudless Solution. When there is no access to a cloud it is possible to get connected to CellThings directly from a phone via pure texting mode. The Cloudless Solution is also the best way to get a product working worldwide using different SMS Gateway APIs, for example from Vodafone. All networks support pure texting mode without any APN hassle.
”Thread-Symbiosis”. This term was first coined by Denis Sokol, CEO of iSocket Systems. Symbiosis in nature is when different organisms co-exist and help one another. The same concept applies in CECO HOME with Thread. Due to Thread technology all ThreadThings help each other to improve the stability of the whole system and IoT Multiplug will help them all to reach the cloud if Wi-Fi should fail. See more here.
iSocket Systems – the company behind all these projects. iSocket Systems are pioneers in smart home automation with cellular connected things. iSocket Systems designed the first cellular connected smart plug – iSocket – in 2010 and then actively promoted this new class of equipment. Different smart plugs are now available from Belkin, D-Link and other companies, but it was iSocket Systems who first introduced them to the world in different plug configurations. iSocket System remains the leader in cellular connected smart plug offerings, providing them in 8 different plug configurations for several countries of the world. The company is registered in Finland and the United Kingdom.