Future of Home Automation (market research)

Reportlinker Adds The Future of Home Automation

NEW YORK, May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:

The Future of Home Automation [mHealthTalk comments and emphasis added]



This [$2,875] 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.

[One reason Modern Health Talk was founded was to apply smart home technologies to the task of home healthcare, exploiting Wayne Caswell’s extensive experience in this area. He lived in an automated home, and after retiring from IBM, Wayne ran a Digital Home consulting firm and did home automation market research for Parks Associates.]

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?

Table of Contents

  • 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
    • Disclaimer
    • The future of home automation
    • Summary
  • Chapter 1
    • Introduction
    • 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
    • Protocols
    • Lack of consumer motivation
    • Role of electricity rates
    • Time of use rates
    • High speed internet
    • Developments in smart energy
    • Summary
  • Chapter 2
    • Introduction
    • 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?
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3
    • Introduction
    • 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
      • IBM
      • Siemens
      • Cisco Solutions
      • Oracle Solutions
      • Silver Spring Networks and Itron OpenWay
      • BPL Global
      • eMeter and Verizon
    • Smart appliance companies and their products
      • GE
      • Whirlpool
      • Electrolux
      • LG
      • Lighting control companies and their products
    • Smart HVAC companies and their products
    • The smart home: entertainment, security, and health
    • Summary
  • Chapter 4
    • Introduction
    • Drivers of smart home technologies
    • Connectivity
    • Portability
    • Immersivity
    • Home entertainment
    • Televisions
    • Home theater systems
    • Audio and video distribution
    • Smart home controllers
    • Security systems
    • Monitored systems
    • Security as part of whole-home control
    • Door hardware
    • Cameras
    • Home health systems
    • Passive products
    • Active systems
    • Users and manufacturers of smart media and home appliances
    • Summary
  • Chapter 5
    • Introduction
    • Innovation at high speed
    • Standards deviation and market definitions
    • ZigBee
    • Z-Wave
    • Insteon
    • HomePlug
    • 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
    • Summary
  • Chapter 6
    • Introduction
    • 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
    • Labeling
    • The EPA’s Energy Star rating
    • Other home labeling programs
  • Bibliography


Nicolas Bombourg, Reportlinker
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