We are in the early stages of a new world where everything that should be connected will be connected. Connected cars, homes, industrial processes, healthcare, agriculture, and other sectors comprise a few billion connections today. In the next 20 years, connections to things, sensors, computers, and people will grow nearly 10 times. Helping businesses limit the risk and maximize the opportunity is the IoT, IoE, and M2M intelligence sector. This sector provides an end-to-end view of the connected thing value chain from devices to value-added services. Critical IoT solution components of connected devices, service platforms, security, analytics, IoT applications, partner programs, and professional services are examined by supplier and technology viewpoints. The sector is grounded in the IoT Market Tracker, a highly segmented database that quantifies the entire IoT value chain by connection technology and six revenue categories. Additionally, the IoE Market Tracker provides a total market view by fixed and wireless connection technologies and by vertical market for computing devices and connected things.
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.