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.
Do consumers have to make a choice between Wi-Fi and household devices, such as baby monitors? Ofcom, a UK regulatory group, focuses its enforcement efforts in three areas: broadcasting, telecom, and protecting the airwaves. It has done some fine work in protecting its citizens. Recently it decided to look into possible interference issues with Wi-Fi and commissioned Mass Consultants to conduct surveys and tests and write a report on the matter. The report has now been published and some UK publications have sensationalized the results. One PC-oriented magazine suggested that baby monitors and wireless TV signals might kill off Wi-Fi in urban areas. Having to choose between keeping a baby safe and accessing the Internet wirelessly might make exciting reading, but a National Enquirer approach could do serious damage to a Wi-Fi industry that faces the same recessionary pressures as do other industries. What does a look at the report itself reveal?`