Bengaluru: In Generation Z, the hype of smart technology has given birth to a conglomerate of smart devices – smartphone, smart pillow, smart computer, smart appliances, smart TV, smart homes, smart kitchen, smart oven, smart city and almost everything. The basic ingredient of all these smart projects is IoT – Internet of Things, a relatively unknown word a decade ago is creating a mass hysteria for Gen Z. World’s leading IT research firm, Gartner has conducted a study on the emergence of IoT and to be discussed on the upcoming events. Gartner’s study in IoT depicts the competitive picture of the IoT’s another gift – Smart homes or connected home. This organization also suggests that Internet Service Providers (ISP) will be the early winner in the battle for IoT home gateway.
In recent times, we have seen a rapid growth in smart home appliances and with new updates every now-and-then smartness of these devices are on the move making the way for demand and declining the sky scrapping price. The desire or ability to monitor and control the home has emerged and has been fast paced.
“The numerous IoT applications for the home include smart stoves, which tell you how to cook a meal and provide recipes; and smart washers and dryers that help you determine the optimum time to run a load of laundry. Add to that smart lighting, which can be operated remotely and programmed to dim or turn on or off at specific times; thermostats, which can have your living space at the desired temperature when you walk in the door; and entertainment devices, which can stream programming to your display whenever you want to watch it,” expounds Paul O’Donovan, Principal Research Analyst at Gartner.
The home IoT gateway market lacks a good business model or business maturity in delivering the home IoT products instead of a rapidly growing market which is expected to grow from 100 million and 200 million homes now to 500-700 million homes by 2020. But Cable companies, Internet companies, Alarm companies and Mobile phone operating system providers are constantly creating platforms and ecosystem in an attempt to rule the market.
“Many IoT applications are triggered by sensors and need data management, but there is no single IoT gateway to the home. As Internet-connected homes become increasingly smarter, the gateway is becoming the ‘center’ for connecting the different devices and home appliances to make the management of the ecosystem happen,” adds Paul.
Gartner envisages that like smart phones’ operating systems homeowners would indulge in various operating systems to explore rather locked into one specific operating system that limits their opportunity.
The sky crappers and model houses in the big cities have opened the space for multiple home platforms to emerge, designed and create an own eco system to integrate the entire house to be connected. There are already a few platforms that have been silently developing and these work with others to minimize the different number of incompatible platforms. Some smart home solutions have gone further creating hubs that act as a central command system for smart home devices using various communication protocols to connect all the smart devices in the home and communicate through the IoT gateway.
Paul explains, “As the IoT gateway market emerges, ISPs will be the early winners in the battle for the home gateway, provided they develop solutions or partner with hub manufacturers. The mobile phone providers will gain a smaller part of this market, but ultimately the cellular model will not have enough bandwidth to compete with the ISP solution. Longer term, there will need to be an integrated device, whereby the gateway is also the hub, or integrated hub and gateway solutions will be needed”.