IISI Develops Integrated Gateway as an Entry to the Smart Home market

Post:2016/11/09


Summary of media reports:
IDC, a research organization, predicts that the scale of the Smart Home market will embark upon significant growth and expansion from 2014. This growth is expected to continue until 2020, achieving a market scale of about US$ 51.77 billion. Vice General Manager Hubert Tseng of the IISI Telecom & Internet Department expressed that the concept of Smart Homes was already developed more than ten years ago. The first form of Smart Home solutions employed high-end control elements as support to help elderly or children in the family familiarize themselves with the living environment. Later developments of Smart Home solutions expanded the scope to include security and surveillance, automation of multimedia entertainment, and other higher level amenities for families with higher income levels. However, as Smart Homes have yet to become an economy of scale and since most controls were employed using cable communication systems, construction and maintenance were difficult, further limiting development opportunities.

Great developments in short- and long-range wireless communication technologies such as ZigBee, Z-Wave, Bluetooth, and LoRa and the increasingly significant Internet of Things (IoT) have exerted their respective influences that may make Smart Homes an actual reality. Creating a suitable environment amenable for Smart Homes became a lot less difficult, and relevant applications are being developed actively, leading to an explosion of Smart Home topics and projects. Despite the growing trend, there is still plenty of room for improvement. This is especially true of Smart Home gateways that serve as the control hub. A number of these gateways only support a single communication protocol such as ZigBee or Z-Wave, greatly limiting the options available to a user. The market has yet to see a unit capable of controlling every type of terminal equipment. Allowing this condition to persist will greatly limit the development of Smart Home markets.

Great developments in short- and long-range wireless communication technologies such as ZigBee, Z-Wave, Bluetooth, and LoRa and the increasingly significant Internet of Things (IoT) have exerted their respective influences that may make Smart Homes an actual reality. Creating a suitable environment amenable for Smart Homes became a lot less difficult, and relevant applications are being developed actively, leading to an explosion of Smart Home topics and projects. Despite the growing trend, there is still plenty of room for improvement. This is especially true of Smart Home gateways that serve as the control hub. A number of these gateways only support a single communication protocol such as ZigBee or Z-Wave, greatly limiting the options available to a user. The market has yet to see a unit capable of controlling every type of terminal equipment. Allowing this condition to persist will greatly limit the development of Smart Home markets.

Link to the original iThome report: http://www.ithome.com.tw/pr/109477