The technology enablers for the connected home have finally converged. Two types of offerings have emerged: 1) service providers pitching smart-home service bundles with monthly fees, and 2) specialized vendors offering individual smart products that bring intelligence to a specific home need. Consumers show interest in home automation but find that fee-based solutions are still too complex and expensive. They’re turning to innovative products and startups, such as BioBeats, Evrythng, Revolv, SmartThings, and Ubi, which we will profile. As a result, the connected home will evolve incrementally, in bite-sized products that service providers will then pull together and orchestrate.
- Why a connected home?
- Most pieces of the connected-home puzzle are in place.
- Technology barriers have largely eroded.
- Suppliers have many smart products in the market.
- Many consumers express interest in smart-home capabilities, but uptake is lacking.
- The obvious problems are not the real one.
- Connected-home technologies face the obvious problems...
- ... and one that is more fundamental.
- The connected home is a journey for customers and suppliers.
- The bundled service approach will appeal to a niche of buyers.
- The majority of adopters will evolve from one to multiple point solutions.
- Three critical elements will catalyze federation of smart products.
- User experience in the connected world requires streamlining.
- Examples of pioneering vendors
- Emerging end user technologies will boost customer expectations.
- WIM: Connected-home tendrils will gradually extend.
- CIOs, CTOs, and technology strategists will gain insight into the next wave of consumer emerging tech and how it might affect their offerings or employees.
- Carriers will retune their offerings to solve point problems.
- Point product startups will prepare for integration.
- Marketing leaders will rethink how they partner for connected home.
- Customer experience pros will expand the range of experiences they need to plan for.
Vendors mentioned: BioBeats, Evrythng, Revolv, SmartThings, and Ubi