The connected home revolves around increased machine-to-machine communication
The connected home revolves around increased machine-to-machine communication. The growth of intelligent devices that gather data and act on it is creating new interactions that offer cost and time savings to consumers, amongst other benefits. With so many devices emerging, consumers and companies face challenges in aligning device communication.
Currently, we are already seeing many tech-enabled entrants disrupt traditional industries and markets with their new connected capability offerings. In the connected home, entrants are still in the experimental phase, and they are faced with the uphill challenge of fragmented technology standards and immature communication protocols.
44% of respondents do not know who they would trust to install smart devices/technologies in their home
Critically, for the connected home to function effectively, devices need a simple and standard way to communicate. First, they need to be able to speak to each other through a common network or through a “hub” or “bridge” solution that acts as a switchboard. Second, when they connect, they need to be able to speak to each other in a shared or computable language. At present, the major tech players each have their own devices with their own language, which do not connect universally with other devices, creating challenges for independent device makers.
The industry did anticipate this problem and, like the Internet before, players have aimed to build a standard way for connected devices to communicate. However, aligning everyone is still nascent, and a significant amount of progress still needs to be made.
For the connected living market to come together, and critically the connected home within that, devices must become interoperable. ‘The Hub’ is a notion for devices talking to each other. Whether the home is connected by a central operating system or devices are manufactured with the inherent ability to interconnect, the current lack of interoperability is a huge barrier to commercial adoption.
Once opened, the interesting use-cases and flagship products should follow, allowing consumers to stop spending time and money figuring out product functionality and instead fully enjoy the benefits of the connected home service offering. For companies, aligning device communication on their terms, whether individually or collectively, providing them with the ability to shape product offerings giving them unique leverage and power in the emerging industry.