The arrival of BLE Beacons and next generation indoor location technologies represents a true evolution in location, enhancing traditional technologies while opening up a host of new revenue opportunities and markets. Just as location is at the core of unicorns like Uber and AirBnB, so it will play a fundamental element in verticals such as IoT, connected home, health, omnichannel retail, automotive, industrial 4.0, ambient intelligence, AR/VR, and mobile advertising.
This research area provides clients with an unparalleled depth of coverage, across more than 20 next-generation indoor, outdoor, and hybrid location technologies, including BLE Beacons, GPS, Wi-Fi, LED/VLC, sensor fusion, camera, LPWAN, and LTE-direct, among others. These are analysed across 30+ vertical markets, with over 100 leading companies assessed in detail. All major revenue opportunities are covered with forecasts split by hardware, devices, services, analytics, advertising, and the shift to Location-as-a-Service (LaaS).
Home automation technology has been on the market for more than thirty years now, yet remains a relatively niche technology. To date, this market has consisted largely of high-end custom home automation systems – of the sort we see on “MTV Cribs”, as well as, Do-It-Yourself (DIY) home automation “gadgets” for technophile hobbyists. What has been missing is the vast mainstream consumer base. In November 2008, ABI Research undertook a comprehensive end-user survey of 1,010 US consumers in order to gauge their knowledge of, and attitudes towards, home automation technology. In an earlier ABI Insight published in December 2008 we presented some of the top-line results from that survey. In this Insight we present a few additional top-line results from the survey. ABI Research will publish the full survey results in an upcoming report on the home automation market to be published in 1Q 2009.