Technavio has announced the top nine leading vendors in their recent global ZigBee enabled devices market 2016-2020 report. This research report also lists 18 other prominent vendors who are expected to gain market share over the forecast period. To identify the top vendors, Technavio’s market research analysts have considered the top revenue contributors for the ZigBee enabled devices market. The report includes market forecast of the global ZigBee market based on product segments that implement ZigBee wireless technology (connected light bulbs, remote controls, smart meters, smart thermostats, and set-top-box).The analysis in this report is based on vendor briefings, interviews with industry experts, and telephone and online surveys. Technavio analysts have also presented a breakdown of market shares by the leading regions, including APAC, Americas, and EMEA.
A few years ago, home automation was only a concept in futuristic movies,- but the rise of the Internet of Things and connected devices has brought “smart homes” to the consumer market.The Consumer Electronics Show, held last week in Las Vegas, revealed the popularity of home automation, as dozens of vendors showed off their platforms with innovative security, connected device and sensory features.
CES 2016 was a record-breaking year for the Consumer Electronics Show, with more vendors and a bigger exhibition floor than ever before. Seasoned attendees said this was evident in the increasingly competitive smart home space.Voice control emerged as a prominent theme, with several major companies unveiling products with voice-control capability enabled by devices like the Amazon Echo (more on that below).
The Department of Homeland Security wants Silicon Valley’s help defending the nation from cyber threats and issued the first call for help: securing the Internet of Things.Using the more flexible Other Transaction Solicitation funding method, DHS released the first request for proposals in its Silicon Valley Office Innovation Program asking vendors to chime in on new ideas to secure the ever-expanding list of devices and appliances connected to the Internet and the critical systems they’re being connected to.
Last month, I blogged about the chaos that accompanies the deployment of fundamental and transitional new technology. The bottom line is that cascading innovation means the initial steps forward will be confusing. A smart streetlight, for instance, can be discussed from the light perspective, the Internet of Things (IoT) perspective, the smart city perspective and, perhaps, others. Some vendors also will push products that don’t quite meet the proper definition.
In some ways, 2015 was a great deal about a technology that A) doesn’t yet exist; B) isn’t even defined by standards bodies and C) won’t come to fruition for four or five years, by most accounts. That technology is 5G, and if you don’t know what all the fuss is about, don’t worry. You will soon enough.We started the year off with dire warnings that the U.S. was lagging other nations when it comes to 5G, and the FCC stepped up to the plate when it came time to act. The FCC reviewed all kinds of comments from vendors, operators and other stakeholders about their visions for 5G, and in October, the commission proposed rules for four different bands of high-band spectrum above 24 GHz designed to lay the foundation for 5G networks in the U.S. market.
These Thread devices to be demonstrated at CES can’t actually send commands to each other, unless they speak the same language. So, which application layer will each of those Thread products be using? Every time the electronics industry rolls out new technologies, the inevitable question is: “What’s the killer app?” The killer app question is what many vendors, especially in the Internet of Things (IoT) market, have struggled to answer. This is largely because on the home front alone, IoT covers such a broad spectrum — ranging from door locks, thermostats, light bulbs and tablets to set-tops and smart TVs. In a recent interview with EE Times, Skip Ashton, vice president of software at Silicon Labs, said, “Yeah, I get that question a lot.”
Source: Thread’s Killer App? | EE Times
The Internet of Things is about to get a whole lot bigger, according to the latest forecast from technology market research firm Gartner.In 2016, the IoT will grow at a rate of 5.5 million ‘things’ each day, encompassing a total of nearly 6.4 billion connected devices, a 30 percent gain over this year’s expected total of 4.9 billion devices. By 2020, that figure will shoot up to 20.7 billion units.IoT services spending will jump 22 percent next year, reaching $235 billion. “IoT services are the real driver of value in IoT, and increasing attention is being focused on new services by end-user organizations and vendors,” said Gartner vice president Jim Tully in a statement.
Over the past few years, we’ve seen grid and IT technology vendors change their approach to the utility data analytics market. Broad terms like “big data” have dropped out of vogue — perhaps because utilities aren’t really dealing with data on the global internet scale encompassed by that term.Data analytics that can cut unnecessary costs and discover untapped revenue opportunities for the people who actually do the work and make the decisions at utilities, on the other hand, can be a valuable commodity. The software that does this tends to go by names like “operational insight” or “situational intelligence” — or, in the case of Silver Spring Networks’ new platform announced Wednesday, “Operations Optimization.”
The Internet Society (ISOC) has added its name to the growing list of groups concerned that insecurity and a cavalier attitude to privacy pose a risk to the Internet of Things (IoT).In a paper published last Friday, ISOC notes that individual threats and vulnerabilities are, in aggregate, what’s going to make-or-break the IoT as a whole.While users are identified as part of the problem, ISOC notes that they can’t choose the amount of security they want on a refrigerator (for example) if they don’t understand the issue.