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.
Wi-Fi has had a checkered history with operators sometimes embracing the technology and other times disregarding it as an unreliable, spotty coverage network access method. Certainly the growth of mobile broadband over the past two years demonstrates that Wi-Fi network access has not served the needs of business customers, the primary buyers of cellular mobile broadband access for laptop devices. Mobile broadband has a much larger coverage footprint that is tremendously valuable to the business customer who does not want to be inconvenienced with trying to find a Wi-Fi hotspot. But with AT&T’s purchase of Wayport’s worldwide hotspot network, Wi-Fi was on at least one operator’s Christmas list, prompting other operators to ask whether they should take a different approach to Wi-Fi.