The telecommunications industry is now entering an exciting phase of development many refer to as the Internet of Everything (IoE), including Internet of Humans (IoH), Internet of Digital (IoD), and Internet of Sensors (IoS). The objective here is to bring more “smartness” to the way humans and machines communicate. In order for this vision to materialize, enabling technologies must be harmonized under a common paradigm so they can enable seamless experiences across various verticals. There are five key technologies upon which the IoE world is built, namely sensor networks, connectivity, processing, software platforms, actuation technologies, and big data and machine learning. Based on these building blocks, the Semiconductors sector looks at the strategic technology deployment across various verticals with unparalled technology granularity covering all WLAN and WWAN technologies and technology combinations, processing platforms including CPUs, MCUs, MPUs, DSPs, ISPs, heterogeneous computing, high performance computing, key sensor technologies, and sensor fusions targeting various use cases from motion sensing, environment sensing, optical, and image sensing, to acoustic sensing and biometric sensing.
Home energy management systems (HEMS), designed to enable consumers to better monitor and manage their household energy consumption, come in a variety of forms and are being offered by a range of companies, from privately-held specialist vendors such as Tendril, to Microsoft. The $3.4 billion in US federal stimulus funds targeted at the smart grid will certainly encourage further interest on the part of the vendor community in serving this nascent market as well as greater involvement on the part of utilities to deploy HEMS as part of fuller home area networking/demand response (HAN/DR) programs. But what about the consumers themselves? What are their attitudes and actions with respect to these new systems?