2016-09-27T16:34:34+00:00 September 27th, 2016|Categories: Blog|
Connected homes, or smart-homes as they are commonly referred to are part of a larger market segment called the Internet-of-Things, or IoT for short. The IoT is simply everyday devices being connected to the Internet and therefore becoming “smart”.
Smart homes are homes in which common everyday items such as thermostats, door locks and lighting are connected to the Internet thus allowing for interaction and control by the end-user consumer. As smart-home technology expands and price points lower, an entirely new spectrum of functional smart-home devices is entering the market and forever changing how consumers interact with their property and possessions.
There are numerous market studies on the growth of the IoT and associated smart-home devices and all of these studies point to tremendous growth that outpaces any prior technology adoption cycle including personal computers and cell phones.
The following chart from IoT Analytics presents the connected device forecasts from 6 different sources including; Cisco, Ericsson, Gartner, HIS Global Insight, ABI research and IDC. These various reputable forecasts peg the number of connected devices at between 20B and 50B by the year 2020.
2016-09-09T19:26:42+00:00 September 9th, 2016|Categories: News|
SAN FRANCISCO — The world is a dangerous, unpredictable place — not a bad thing, perhaps, if you’re in the business of selling insurance, making loans or figuring out ways to prevent mishaps.
But these days, technology is changing some of the calculations around risk, whether for car insurance, life insurance, flood insurance or even vacation-related accident insurance, and slowly but surely disrupting the financial core of the insurance business.
A new type of home management, safety, and surveillance devices is emerging.Dubbed smart home devices and systems, this new type incorporates the capabilities inherent in IoT and provides enhanced benefits for one or more categories pertinent to managing the home. What began as a trickle of products, has morphed to a steady stream of smart home device and system introductions. Starting with networked security taking advantage of broadband capability for surveillance of one sort or another to, more recently, smart thermostats coming fromstart-ups as savvy as Nest, and smart garage door openers from stalwarts such as Chamberlain, products are smart and connected.