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.
Cisco was remarkably quiet at the recent Interop Las Vegas 2008; maybe that should have been disquieting to its major competitors. Nimble and much smaller competitors have been arguing that the mighty Cisco Wi-Fi empire – with its centralized control – has become a dinosaur whose controllers are the choke-point that will strangle under the onslaught of the 300 Mbps flow of 802.11n packets. Aruba, Trapeze, Bluesocket, and Colubris now all offer hybrid architectures designed to offload traffic from their controllers. And, Meru now offers a massive controller specifically designed to handle 802.11n traffic. Well, the Empire just responded in a very big way.