nCube modular smart home hub platform to be available in the market soon

By Zenobia Hegde

From heating to lighting, music to sensors, nCube gives complete control over the right ambience, security, energy and safety in the home through the modular hub and app. The 4 layers of stylish blue boxes will make any home smarter than ever before by bringing home automation to everyone’s fingertips.

Start with the base layer where all the essentials can be found for building a smart home; then upgrade the home to the next level with the optional security, storage and voice layers.

The nCube Base is a full redesign on the existing nCube hub which is no longer Raspberry Pi based, but has a fully customised board embedding Z-Wave, Zigbee, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The base can support both Wi-Fi connection to the home network and simultaneously allow Wi-Fi smart home devices to connect to the nCube base.

No longer will smart home users require a myriad of different smart home apps to use for each product as the nCube base helps to integrate the different devices together for a one App home automation system that works effortlessly. The ability to connect to the home network via Wi-Fi is a very popular feature and the ability to allow Wi-Fi smart home devices to connect to nCube means the new base also acts as a firewall for all connected smart home devices. The base even includes 4 LAN ports so LAN connected smart home devices can be directly connected too.

The nCube security module provides mobile network back-up and battery back-up for approximately 12 hours. This means the whole nCube platform continues to function in the event of either or both a power failure and internet connection failure and is therefore more advanced than many other DIY smart home solutions from a security perspective.

The storage layer provides 1Tb SSD storage for home security camera footage recording for consumers that are wary of cloud storage. Optionally, the user may opt-in on an ad hoc basis to cloud storage accessing recordings when a security incident has occurred.

The voice layer provides voice control such as the existing Alexa integration. With all modules being optional, the consumer can choose exactly what they want from their smart home hub instead of being forced into accepting voice for example.

The development of local storage, battery and internet back-up and the continued ability for the nCube hub to run entirely local (no logic runs on the nCube cloud) demonstrates nCube’s continued commitment and leadership in privacy and security in the smart home industry.

Branded smart home devices

In addition, nCube is launching a range of branded smart home devices in recognition that consumers expect smart home providers to provide packages of pre-connected devices as well as supporting as many other brand products as possible. The new range of nCube products include a Colour-changing LED bulb, SmartPlug, Door/Window Sensor, Motion Sensor, Water sensor, Light Switch range and nCube multi-socket PowerBar. All products will be available for UK, EU and North American markets.

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Posted on: February 9, 2018

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