The Future of Home Automation

Date: April 22, 2011
Pages: 138
US$ 2,875.00
Publisher: Business Insights
Report type: Strategic Report
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The Future of Home Automation
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This report examines how consumers and governments are creating a booming market for “smart home” devices. It analyzes the companies, technologies, and products behind automation in energy, entertainment, home security and health care. It details pilot projects, product costs, industry trends, business alliances, and the new and emerging technologies that are shaping the future of the market.

Features and benefits
  • Understand the trends driving uptake of home automation technology, from the perspectives of both consumer demand and government policies.
  • Analyze developments in the smart energy, metering, and appliances markets.
  • Analyze developments in smart home entertainment, security, and health appliances.
  • Gain insight into the product offerings and strategies of key players in the home automation space.
  • Assess the future market potential for home automation, make plans to deal with change, and develop successful marketing strategies.

Home automation encompasses any device that gives a household automatic control of home functions. The systems most likely to be automated are: thermostats, home appliances, and heating and cooling; television, video and music systems; security alarms and monitoring systems; and home health care monitors, alarms and communication devices.

Energy suppliers that offer smart meters are finding they gain a competitive edge. When people know more about their home energy use, they change their behavior and incorporate energy efficiency. Smart meters are already in 85% of US homes, and GE expects smart meters to be in every US home by 2019.

Demographic changes and a growing shortage of healthcare providers are creating huge market opportunities in home health technologies. These can be classified into “passive” monitoring equipment and more “active” devices which supervised patients can use to take their own vital sign measurements.

Your key questions answered
  • What is home automation, and what is really driving the market: green consumer trends or governmental policies?
  • How has electric deregulation opened the way for home energy automation? How will smart energy homes really reduce energy use and costs?
  • Who uses and makes smart products today? What are the key product offerings and strategies of key market players?
  • Who stands to win and who stands to lose from future developments in the home automation market?
  • How can different market players make the most of the opportunities presented by home automation, and what challenges do they face?
Executive Summary
  The future of home automation
  Developments in smart energy
  Who uses and makes smart products today?
  The smart home: entertainment, security, and health
  Users and manufacturers of smart media and home appliances
  Conclusion: the market potential of home automation
About the author
The future of home automation
    What is this report about?
    Who is this report for?
  What is home automation?
  Market size and state of play
  The whole house model
  Importance to society
  The history of home automation
  Drivers and barriers to market penetration
    Lack of consumer motivation
    Role of electricity rates
    Time of use rates
    High speed internet
Developments in smart energy
  Moving away from the present-day “dumb” grid
    The electric grid fails to keep up with the digital age
    Governmental stimulus plans
    Government policy rather than consumer demand drives smart home energy
  How did electric deregulation open the way for emerging home energy automation?
  How will smart energy homes reduce energy use and costs?
  What are the elements of the smart grid?
  Smart meter and home energy monitors
    Two-way communication with the energy provider
    Home displays to monitor energy usage
    Smart meter installations in the US
    Initiatives and pilot programs in the EU
    Pilot programs in China
  Consumer response to smart meters
  Smart appliances
    Home energy use
    How smart appliances reduce energy use
    Coordination of smart appliances offers most cost benefits
    The growing smart appliance market
  Lighting controls
  Heating, ventilation & air conditioning (HVAC) controls
Who uses and makes smart products today?
  Smart Grid pilot programs in the US
    General Electric smart grid pilot in Martha’s Vineyard
    Whirlpool Corporation in Houston and the Pacific Northwest
    General Electric smart appliance pilot for Louisville Gas & Electric
    PowerCentsDC smart meter pilot program in Washington, D.C.
    General Electric and Reliant Energy in Texas
    Constellation Energy smart orb project in Maryland
    Verizon’s whole home approach in New Jersey
  Smart Grid pilot programs outside the US
    General Electric in Masdar City, United Arab Emirates
    GE in China
    Other Asian rollouts
    Europe’s pilots
  Smart meter companies and their products
    The Google PowerMeter
    GE and Fuji Electric
    Cisco Solutions
    Oracle Solutions
    Silver Spring Networks and Itron OpenWay
    BPL Global
    eMeter and Verizon
  Smart appliance companies and their products
  Lighting control companies and their products
  Smart HVAC companies and their products
The smart home: entertainment, security, and health
  Drivers of smart home technologies
  Home entertainment
    Home theater systems
    Audio and video distribution
  Smart home controllers
  Security systems
    Monitored systems
    Security as part of whole-home control
    Door hardware
  Home health systems
    Passive products
    Active systems
Users and manufacturers of smart media and home appliances
  Innovation at high speed
  Standards deviation and market definitions
    Evolving market definitions
  Content challenges
  International trends
    Rapid increase in global internet traffic and connection speeds
    New devices making the most of expanding connectivity
    Developing markets to drive new device and content uptake
  Entertainment product innovations
    The Slingbox
    Roku and Boxee
    Cisco umi telepresence
  Home security innovation
    Telcos enter the space through acquisitions
    Video surveillance driving growth
    International opportunities
  Home health
    Aging populations drive need for home health solutions
    Passive and active systems
    New web-enabled products: Vitality GlowCaps
Conclusion: the market potential of home automation
  Changing trends: winners and losers
    Creating new competition for out-of-home services
    Providing function over fad
    Energy challenges: improving air quality
  Marketing ‘smart’
    Stretching the message beyond the tech savvy or green-motivated buyer
    Employing tech-savvy staff to provide help and guidance
    Overcoming government and regulatory challenges
    The EPA’s Energy Star rating
    Other home labeling programs
  Chapter 1
  Chapter 2
  Chapter 3
  Chapter 4
  Chapter 5
  Chapter 6


Whirlpool Corporation, PowerCentsDC , Constellation Energy , Verizon, The Google PowerMeter, GE , Fuji Electric, IBM, Siemens, Cisco Solutions, Oracle Solutions, Silver Spring Networks and Itron OpenWay, BPL Global, GE, Whirlpool, Electrolux, LG,
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