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Proprietary Wireless Technologies: Do They Still Have a Place in Home Automation?
Wellingborough, UK - A new study from IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS (NYSE: IHS), projects that just 10 per cent of the smart home nodes that will be deployed during the period 2010 to 2017 will include proprietary wireless technologies. Yet annual shipments of these technologies are projected to grow from less than 3 million nodes in 2012 to 6 million in 2017, as some high-end automation suppliers maintain closed systems, and some other smart home start-ups deploy with proprietary systems to keep certification costs down.
Despite annual shipments doubling, the proportion of smart home nodes that use proprietary wireless technologies is set to halve in the coming years, to just over 7 percent in 2017. This is indicative of a move towards open standards for the majority of smart home providers, particularly in the high-growth system segments such as managed home control. Managed home control systems enable consumers to access status alerts and control home devices (such as thermostats or lighting) via online portals or smartphone apps.
Regardless of the movement towards open standards in some segments, there is still a market for proprietary solutions in the high-end home automation space. Lisa Arrowsmith, associate director of connectivity at IHS explains, “The uptake of proprietary solutions will be focused primarily on the more traditional home automation space, where whole-home solutions are fitted by a specialist installation company.” Using proprietary solutions for these systems can enable these companies to maintain a closed system, and can offer freedom to design application-specific profiles. Further growth of proprietary wireless technologies are set to be driven by such companies moving away from wired alternatives, which typically have high installation costs in retrofit households.
Proprietary wireless technologies are also gaining traction with a number of home automation start-ups, as developing devices with proprietary technologies does not require the standardisation and certification costs associated with using open standards. Arrowsmith suggests, however, that ‘‘In the longer-term, many companies deploying managed home control services want to move away from promoting or supporting the use of devices from specific manufacturers; instead preferring to promote a specific open technology which will allow consumers to add a variety of smart home devices from multiple manufacturers.”
It is clear that open standards will gain more traction as the market develops. Arrowsmith continues: “Open standards will be dominant within the growing market for ‘managed home control’ solutions, particularly as service providers such as ISPs or security companies become more entrenched.” These service providers have so far favoured open standards, which can offer both a large range of available, interoperable devices to choose from, and a standard that can be easily adhered to in the system design phase. Companies such as ADT and Verizon have opted for Z-Wave, while Swisscom, Comcast and AT&T are currently favoring ZigBee. Both technologies offer a wide ecosystem of device manufacturers; these solutions, along with others such as EnOcean and DECT ULE, are also projected to show growing traction from companies looking to support ‘managed home’ deployments.
IMS Research’s recently published report, Connectivity Opportunities in the Smart Home – World – 2012 Edition (published 9th November 2012), provides market estimates (2010-2011) and projections (2012-2017) for the uptake of fourteen connected home devices in four key application areas; energy management, home monitoring, lighting and other home automation. Each application area is further segmented by four system types (high-end home automation, managed services, do-it-yourself or mass-market automation systems and demand response/HAN) and fourteen connectivity technologies. Further segmentation includes major region and integration method (IC or module).
About the “Connectivity Opportunities in the Smart Home” Report
IMS Research’s recently published report, Connectivity Opportunities in the Smart Home – World – 2012 Edition (published 9th November 2012), provides market estimates (2010-2011) and projections (2012-2017) for the uptake of fourteen connected home devices in four key application areas; energy management, home monitoring, lighting and other home automation. Each application area is further segmented by four system types (high-end home automation, managed services, DIY or mass-market automation systems and demand response/HAN) and fourteen connectivity technologies. Further segmentation includes major region and integration method (IC or module).
IHS (NYSE: IHS) is the leading source of information, insight and analytics in critical areas that shape today’s business landscape. Businesses and governments in more than 165 countries around the globe rely on the comprehensive content, expert independent analysis and flexible delivery methods of IHS to make high-impact decisions and develop strategies with speed and confidence. IHS has been in business since 1959 and became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange in 2005. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, USA, IHS is committed to sustainable, profitable growth and employs more than 6,000 people in 31 countries around the world.
About IMS Research
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS (NYSE: IHS), is a leading supplier of market research and consultancy to over 2500 clients worldwide, including most of the world’s largest technology companies. Established in the UK in 1989, IMS Research now has dedicated analyst teams focused on the factory automation, automotive, communications, computer, consumer, display, financial & ID, LED & lighting, medical, power & energy, solar PV, smart grid and security markets. Currently publishing over 350 different syndicated report titles each year, these in-depth publications are used by major electronics and industrial companies to assess market trends, solve marketing problems, and improve the efficiency of their businesses.