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.
Now in its 25th year, the 2010 CARTES & IDentification event provided some notable developments. In addition to technologies and developments, the show’s expanded presence included debuts from several companies, such as Ubivelox (Korea) and Hobim (Turkey), highlighting an on-going spread of smart card usage around the world. Exhibitors demonstrating new products, technologies, manufacturing, and personalisation capabilities came from more than forty countries. Among them, preparations for NFC adoption and the new smart IC target that is the re-born concept of the Internet of Things stood out most.