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.
The Wi-Fi IC market continues to undergo significant changes both in terms of the advancing technology (11n -> 11ac -> 11ad, MIMO, Wi-Fi Direct, Miracast, etc.) and also in the way it is delivered as IC solutions. This developing market has a diverse range of suppliers from large broad line semiconductor vendors to specific market focused vendors.
The changing marketplace has enabled some to take the lead through integration and through technology leadership; Broadcom is the clear leader in revenue market share and also tops the vendor matrix assessment in this study.
This Competitive Assessment analyzes the key vendors in this market and assesses each vendor’s strengths and weaknesses as well as providing revenue market share analysis for 2012.