The Smart Home market is reaching an inflection point. Service providers, including telcos, cable operators, and home security companies, as well as retailers and device OEMs alike are bringing a range of new hardware, services, and offers to market. Adding opportunity and complexity is the intersection of smart home services and ecosystems with wearables, new sensor technologies, big data and analytics, and health management services. Consumer IT heavyweights and startups alike are driving adoption with a growing range of simple to install connected device, pushing smart home services into more and more homes and forcing long standing specialists to adapt in order to compete. Surviving in the new competitive environment means staying hyperaware of a range of vectors – the latest consumer product and service trends, emerging connectivity options, product mixes, service delivery and platform approaches, and eco-system partner developments.
This sector tracks these ongoing developments to provide deep-dive supplier assessments across smart home connectivity, devices, platforms, and services. Market data is provided for shipments, installations, and revenues for smart home systems, devices, controllers, consumer appliances, and service provider verticals. This sector is particularly relevant to those who are looking to embrace the opportunity of new service markets and extended customer relationships born from advances in wireless applications and networking technologies. The smart home is a key proving ground for the consumer IoE.
On 10/8/08, Arch Rock of San Francisco, CA, a WSN (Wireless Sensor Networking) technology provider submitted CAP, (Compact Application Protocol), for consideration by the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) standards body as an RFC standard. What is CAP? CAP is essentially an adaptation of the ZigBee application-layer profiles to enable these profiles to operate directly and transparently over an Internet Protocol networking layer. Although Arch Rock has put only a muted public relations effort behind the introduction, ABI Research believes CAP is an important milestone on the path from completely proprietary WSN technology, to open, horizontal WSN deployments that integrate seamlessly into the wider IP world. This Insight will provide a brief description of CAP and its benefits, then discuss the evolution of WSNs toward increasingly open deployments.