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.
Much has already been written about the implications of the acquisition of Motorola Mobility by Google that was announced on August 15, 2011. Nevertheless, apart from a good article on CNN.com, there has not been much discussion of the ramifications of the acquisition for the home automation market. Google had earlier announced its Android@Home initiative on May 9, 2011. Likewise, Motorola Mobility had acquired home automation platform specialist 4Home in December 2010. ABI Research believes the acquisition provides a unique opportunity for Google to differentiate itself in the home automation market.