Home Controls Interoperability: Step by Step

This report evaluates interoperability from the perspective of home control and monitoring applications. It addresses the ideal user experience; the technology needed to deliver that user experience; the current state of interoperability between home area network technologies and cloud-based solutions; and how those technologies will evolve over time.

"Interoperability is the key to achieving the vision of a borderless lifestyle," said Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls and Energy. "The entertainment and personal computing industries have been working on interoperability for many years, developing technologies to achieve a seamless anytime, anywhere experience. Today, smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs are beginning to deliver this experience for users. The home monitoring and controls industry must apply similar technologies to deliver interoperability for their users."

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1.0   Introduction

1.1 Key Questions & Issues Addressed

1.2 Scope

1.3 Company Profiles

1.4 Interoperability Overview

2.0   Interoperability Challenges

2.1 Challenge: Bridging Different Home Area Networks

2.2 Challenge: Bridging to the Cloud

2.3 Challenge: Integrating Apps

2.4 Challenge: Integrating Platforms and Connected Products

3.0   Home Area Network Technology

3.1 Z-Wave

3.2 ZigBee

3.3 IEEE 802.15.4, 15.4e, 6LowPAN


3.5 Low Power Wi-Fi

3.6 Proprietary Networks

3.7 Market Dynamics

4.0   Gateway Interoperability

4.1 Gateway Evolution

4.2 Home Gateway Initiative

4.3 OSGi

5.0   Service Layer Interoperability

6.0   Application Interoperability

6.1 Home Entertainment Standards

6.2 Energy Standards

6.3 Appliance Standards

6.4 Home Controls Standards

6.4.1    UPnP

6.4.2    Qeo

7.0   Home Control Platforms

7.1 AlertMe

7.2 Alarm.com

7.3 iControl

7.4 Qivicon

8.0   Internet of Things: A Technology Roadmap

8.1 Infrastructure Technologies

8.2 Interoperability Technologies

8.3 Artificial Intelligence Technologies

9.0   Business Considerations

9.1 OEM Connected Home Strategy

9.1.1    OEM Business Decisions

9.1.2    OEM Product Decisions

9.1.3    OEM Technology Decisions

9.1.4    OEM Execution Decisions

9.2 Service Provider Connected Home Strategy

9.2.1    Service Provider Business Decisions

9.2.2    Service Provider Product Decisions

9.2.3    Service Provider Technology Decisions

9.2.4    Service Provider Execution Decisions

9.3 Consumer Perspective

9.4 Business Challenges and Opportunities

9.4.1    Service Provider Platform Strengths

9.4.2    Manufacturer Product Strengths

9.4.3    Issues Requiring Resolution

10.0 Conclusion

11.0 Notes on Methodology

11.1 Data Sources


Technologies Enabling the Home Monitoring and Controls Market
OSI Model for SEP 2.0, Home Area Networks
ZigBee Family of Solutions
6LoWPAN Protocol Stack
Ecosystem of Z-Wave and ZigBee Products
Home Area Network Technology Company Profiles
HGI’s Smart Home Abstraction Layer
Home Control Platform Vendor Company Profiles
Cloud Based Platform Company Profiles
Connected Home Strategy Decisions
Consumer Preference for One-Time vs. Recurring Monthly Fees
Consumer Preferences for Service Bundles

Publish Date: 2Q 2013

Pages: 83

Authored By:
Tom Kerber - Senior Director, IoT Strategy and Custom Research

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