Interoperability and the Internet of Things

As smart home devices proliferate, interoperability is the key to creating true smart home systems. This report examines the importance of interoperability and provides an analysis of the communication stack, technologies, and ecosystems in the smart home industry. It provides an updated analysis on the role of interoperability in generating success for the smart home industry and how companies can stay competitive with differentiated products while still offering robust interoperability across all devices.

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1.0        Report Summary

1.1        Purpose of Report

1.2        Scope of Report

1.3        Research Approach/Sources

2.0        Interoperability: From Islands to Archipelagos

3.0        Consumer Expectations for Device Interoperability

3.1        Impact of Expectations for Interoperability on Purchasing

3.2        Impact of Smart Home Platforms

3.3        Impact of Standalone Products versus Integrated with Home Control Systems

3.4        Impact of User Interface Options

4.0        Wireless Networking Protocols

4.1        Zigbee

4.2        Z-Wave

4.3        Bluetooth

4.4        Thread/Weave

4.5        DECT ULE

4.6        Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi HaLow

4.7        Sigfox, Lora, NB-IoT, CAT M1

5.0        Application Layer Initiatives

5.1        Open Connectivity Foundation

5.2        Apple HomeKit

5.3        Samsung and SmartThings Cloud

5.4        Comcast Xfinity and Stringify

5.5        Works with Nest

5.6        IFTTT

6.0        Voice Interface Platforms

6.1        Amazon Alexa

6.2        Google Assistant

7.0        Trends Impacting Interoperability Strategy

7.1        Technology Trends

7.2        Hardware Trends

7.3        Marketing Trends

7.4        Business Model Trends

8.0        Implications and Recommendations

9.0        Appendix

9.1        Glossary

9.2        Index

9.3        Image Sources

Companies Researched for Report
OSI Model for Home Area Networks
Importance of Brand Factors to Purchase Decision
Platforms Used to Control Smart Home Devices
Platform Importance for Purchase Intenders
Platform Importance by Familiarity with Platform
% Total Purchase Intenders Ranking Integration with Familiar Platforms “Highly Important”
Adoption of Smart Home Control with Security Systems
Adoption of a Single App to Control Multiple Smart Home Products
Use of Wi-Fi Home Networking
Comparison of Range and Data Rate among Wireless Networking Protocols
Smart Speaker with Personal Assistant Ownership
Stages of IoT Development
 

Publish Date: 2Q 2018

Pages: 53


Authored By:
Brad Russell - Research Director, Connected Home

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