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Smart Home Services for Retailers: A New Model… A New Opportunity

Everyone wants in on the smart home! Homeowners want to make their living spaces connected and automated. The tech sector is racing to provide the best systems, devices and technologies. Service providers in various sectors are monetizing this trend by ...
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Smart Home Business Opportunities in Europe

Services is the Smart Home Business Opportunity in Europe

The smart home market is becoming a reality and allowing its proponents to build a safer and more comfortable space to live in. The multitude of devices and technologies also bring many new business opportunities that smart organizations can leverage ...
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From panic button to LTE PERS

From Panic Button To Advanced PERS solutions: Providing An Extra Layer Of Care

When an elderly or an ill person is home alone and they required emergency for any reason, effective communication with their monitoring center is crucial for their safety. For this reason Wilhelm Hormann invented the first Personal Emergency Response System ...
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IoT and mobile transformation

IoT is Driving Mobile Transformation

According to Statista, the number of mobile phone users reached 4.77 billion in 2017 and is expected to pass the 5 billion mark by 2019, when 67% of the worldwide population will own one. Smartphones represented 38% of all mobile ...
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Smart home business in Asian market

Smart Home Technology Penetration Will Be Huge in Asia-Pacific

The Asian market is providing exciting new opportunities for players in the ever-growing smart home industry. According to HIS Markit “The global smart home market is expected to increase by nearly 250% in terms of unit shipments from 2017 to ...
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Smart Home business opportunities in the Asian market

Connected living is no longer the domain of the future, it is the present reality. One which developers, companies and governments are all dealing with to provide solutions to the challenges our society is facing. According to AT Kearney Asia's ...
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LTE PERS cell technology senior care

Connectivity and the LTE PERS

The connectivity of a Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) is in continuous evolution. It has matured from all standard landline phone-based to cellular-based technology, which only became industry relevant about 10 years ago. Cellular connectivity in the PERS industry is ...
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AI and Aging in Place – The ‘Voice First’ Trend

The applications of artificial intelligence to enhance humans’ life open a vast array of opportunities available to those who have the foresight to begin to venture down that path. Looking at the aging population trends in European countries, North America, ...
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Connected Living Revolution: AI and IoT Combined

The full potential of artificial intelligence remains unknown for most of us and its numerous combinations with the Internet of Things only expand that potential to make it endless. In 2018, it is difficult to imagine our daily life without ...
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Smart Home Devices— A Direct Way to Improve The Elderly’s Health

“For the first time ever, there are more people over 65 than under 5”.  It´s a resounding figure which categorically proves that demographic trends point squarely to an aging population.  In the US alone, 77 million Baby Boomers are already ...
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Smart Meters Place Homeowners in Control of their Energy Consumption

Consumers all over the world —but especially in Europe, according to reports—, are concerned with reducing their energy consumption and costs. But household energy management is no easy task. Daily life can get pretty hectic at times, and it is ...
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Insurance and the Smart Home Industry: A Win-Win Proposition

If there is one leading market that is has the most to gain from IoT and the Smart Home that would be the insurance sector. Alliances between insurance providers and smart home companies are mutually profitable. These companies are always ...
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Residential IoT’s Common Denominator is Peace of Mind

We have already discussed in this blog the paradigm shift that took place in the IoT industry when developers and service providers finally realized that they may have missed the point: the road to mass market adoption did not run ...
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Leveraging Voice Control in The Connected Living Industry – Creating Value for Customers and Service Providers

Over the past year, voice recognition has shifted from being a rising trend to an industry standard in the connected living space. In words of Lisa Chesters, from Sigma Designs, it’s been “a serious game-changer” which is helping the market ...
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Alternative Revenue Streams in The IoT: Creating a Profitable Environment for Service Providers

In 2016 consumer adoption of connected home devices experienced a huge leap forward. IHS Markit estimated that 80 million smart home devices were purchased by consumers, a 64% increase over 2015. Device adoption is on the rise, and consumer expectations ...
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Connected Living for Better Business: How Do We Do Business From Connected Homes?

We talk a lot about smart homes. However, most of the discussion centers around what benefits the consumers are deriving through intelligent and connected home devices. Automatic scenes, self-learning thermostats intelligent this, smart that… it’s all about the consumer. But ...
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Buying Smart Home Services —From Who?

We have talked before on this blog about the many players in the nascent connected home industry, a tempting but tricky market yet to reach its full potential, where those among the first to conquer will be the ones to ...
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AI in Service of the Elderly- Making Aging Easier, A Round up of Essence’s Meetup Event

Last Sunday, at The Media Innovation Lab (miLAB), a leading research & prototyping academic lab at IDC Herzliya, Essence, Aging2.0 and Mediterranean Towers Ventures hosted a Meetup to discuss how innovative Artificial Intelligence and robotics technologies that are available in the market today can help improve ...
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Moving Smart Home Services to the Cloud: 24/7 customer support– Specialist post by Nadav Chomed

The cloud has had a profound effect on the way we do business. As we have discussed in past blogs moving to cloud based server platforms as opposed to localized infrastructure has allowed great flexibility, allows for data analysis that ...
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Why the Future of the Insurance Industry is in the Internet of Things

The world of IoT, although still young, is forever changing the rules of the game for all its players. Its wide scope and endless possibilities are revolutionizing business models, creating unexpected partnerships, and favoring unique market opportunities for service providers ...
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Moving Smart Home Services to the Cloud: The Data Analytics Opportunity – Specialist post by Gabriel Benaily

The internet of things revolution is in full swing; IoT devices are everywhere and becoming more significant in our lives. These devices can report back how they are being used and what issues they encounter. A real flood of data is ...
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Top 5 Ways Your Smart Home Can Help You Protect the Elderly

We’ve talked before about the ‘sandwich generation’—adults who have to simultaneously take care of their aging parents and deal with other responsibilities like work and raising their own children. This is a consequence of increasing life expectancy in developed countries, ...
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Top 5 Ways Your Smart Home Can Help You Save Energy and Money During The Summer

Summer is made of everything we love, from long sunny days to peaceful beach strolls or pool-side barbecues. The warm weather invites us to relax, enjoy and take things easy. But sometimes the heat may be too much, and while ...
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Top 5 Ways Your Smart Home Can Help Take Care of Your Kids

Last week we inaugurated a short series of posts in which we will be offering some useful tips and advice to make the most of your connected home. Our second post is all about the most precious things in the world ...
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Top 5 Ways Your Smart Home Can Help You Keep Your Home Safe During Your Summer Vacation

With this post we inaugurate a short series in which we will be offering some useful tips and advice to make the most of your connected home. With smart technologies, you are never too far from home, even if you ...
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Make Devices Useful For The Connected Home to Become a Consumer Reality

The connected home industry is still very young, and like any teenager, it has made some mistakes on its way to finding its own identity. One of these was to get a little carried away with all the innovation that new ...
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The Latest Security Trends at IFSEC 2017: Drones Are Here to Stay

This year was our 4th time exhibiting at IFSEC International, the biggest security exhibition in Europe, which brings together industry professionals from all over the world. The event caters to the entire security value chain, from manufacturers, distributors, installers, integrators, ...
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Voice Recognition Will Disrupt the Professional Security industry

A while back we talked on this blog about the many advantages of voice recognition technologies applied to home care solutions for aging seniors, and also about how voice control as a form of home management was becoming a major ...
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The Transition from Traditional Security to Interactive Security

The professional security market is a mature and stable industry with a proven business model that has successfully worked for decades. In recent years, however, there has been an unprecedented technological revolution that included several factors, such as the appearance ...
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Towards Technology-Enabled Senior Care: Enabling a More Active Lifestyle

The global demand for PERS systems is growing rapidly. According to the latest industry reports, the market will be worth $8.61 billion by 2020. The reasons for this rapid expansion are many: the combination of an aging world population with ...
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How IoT Protocols Have Helped Professional Security Become Smart

The Internet of Things is based on the principle that different objects connected to the internet should able to communicate and interact with each other. This would not be possible, of course, without appropriate communication channels. These channels or communication ...
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Senior Fall Management – The Challenges and Smart Care Solutions

Falls are the leading cause of hospitalizations, injury, and death among older people. In fact, 25% of all hospital admissions among people over 65 occur due to falls, and 60% of those seniors are not able to return to independent ...
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Connected Living Devices on the Rise: Consumer Expectations and Concerns

Recent reports show that in 2016 consumer adoption of connected home devices experienced a huge leap forward. IHS Markit estimates that 80 million smart home devices were purchased by consumers last year, a 64% increase over 2015. According to ‘2016: ...
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Home Security and Telecare Merge Through IoT

The home security industry is a well-stablished, mature market in some countries like the US, where it has had a long, stable trajectory for over 30 years. During this time, the market has kept growing steadily, at a single figure ...
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Monetizing the Connected Home

Recent analyst reports continue to be bullish about the bright future of the smart home industry, expecting it to rise to a $121.73 billion value by 2022. That is a huge market potential, and a significant business opportunity for those ...
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Connected Care Technologies Can Help Bridge the Generational Gap

We live in a hyper connected society. No matter where we are, we are always just a few taps away from establishing contact with other human beings. With the variety of Social Media channels in common use today, our contact ...
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Telcos Begin to See Profit from Connected Living Technologies

Telecom operators have ability to change and adapt quickly to the fast-paced times in which we live. This market speed is essential for survival, since competition is fierce. Telcos began their journey as highly specialized companies that offered either telephone, ...
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European Consumer Confidence in Connected Home Services Grows

Good news is coming for all products related to the Connected Living market; or so we can conclude in light of some recently published data. A report by Parks Associates states that European homeowners demonstrate a high level of trust ...
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Lack of Interoperability in The IoT Space: The Need to Speak a Common Language

The Internet of Things is a fragmented market. There are hundreds, if not thousands of different companies creating and selling connected devices, products and services. The nascent industry is huge. New solutions are launched every day, either as standalone devices ...
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What Are The Hottest Devices in The Connected Home?

The connected home has not arrived to our lives as an explosive breakthrough as many analysts from the industry thought it would. Nonetheless, it is already here, among us. According to Parks Associates, in 2015, ownership of smart home products ...
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The Age at Which Users Start to Wear Panic Buttons is Decreasing

When speaking about PERS tech, the first idea that comes to mind for many people is the traditional panic button, a device that entails a long lasting stigma. It is not unusual for many seniors to refuse to wear them ...
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Overcoming the Stigma of Panic Buttons with Smart Alerting

The Medical Alert Systems market, also known as PERS (Personal Emergency Response Systems) has been rapidly changing for the past few years. The revolution in the industry has been so fast that many companies have not been able to keep ...
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Connected Home Trends Around The World

At present, North America leads the world connected home market. Favourable conditions for development —such as the recovery of the residential market— higher adoption rate of security systems and better consumer awareness regarding smart home technology than anywhere else in ...
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Who Is Bringing The Connected Home To Your Home?

It has been said many times: the connected home market is a very large one, and still mostly unexplored. With its huge potential and business opportunities, it comes as no surprise that many players want their share of the pie ...
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Types of Potential Smart Tech Consumers: What They Want, What To Offer Them

Our latest researches show that not all smart tech consumers are created equal. Each household has its own specific needs and individual homeowners also have different tastes and preferences. The connected home market is not a homogeneous one, so it ...
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Top 5 Ways IFTTT Can Help Make Your Home Safe

The promise of a connected home where all the smart devices work together to make life easier and more comfortable for homeowners seems like a very desirable scenario. But sometimes, getting devices from different manufacturers to work together and ‘talk’ ...
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Smart Care for People Living With Disabilities

As we have discussed in the past, people wish to stay in their own home for as long as possible, while remaining autonomous and independent. This is true not only for for people as they progress through the aging process, ...
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Insurance Companies Set Sights on Connected Home Solutions

Arguably, mainstream consumers are yet to fully grasp the value of certain aspects of the connected home, thus possibly keeping its proliferation to lower than expected growth. However, there is a clear indication that some service providers are beginning to ...
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Who is Buying Connected Home Solutions Today?

At present, the biggest adopters of smart technologies are consumers aged 30-44 (GenX) and Millennials. They are the early adopters: almost half of them already have some type of smart product at home, although the first group almost doubles adoption rate ...
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Connected Homes Help Users Save Energy and Money

The ability to reduce energy consumption and save on the monthly bill is one of the best rated benefits that owning a connected home offers. For European consumers, in fact, energy saving is the second most important feature in a ...
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Age Plays a Role in Consumer Expectations about Connected Home Technologies

According to a Gartner report, by 2022 a typical family could own more than 500 connected devices in their home. Regardless of how precise or optimistic these predictions may be, it cannot be denied that connected home technologies are gradually ...
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Connected Living Trends to Come

Like any young industry that is just beginning to take off, the Connected Living market is constantly evolving and changing at a very fast pace. We can see a clear example of its continuous adjustments and improvements at the events ...
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Connected Home Tech Brings Security and Convenience Together

Much has been written about how new connected home technologies have blurred the barriers between home automation and home security. The Connected Home is a powerful combination of both. The benefits of intertwining security and automation result in its numerous ...
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Ensuring Data Safety in The Connected Home is Key to Gain Consumer Trust

Data security is one of the main concerns among smart tech consumers and one of the major barriers currently preventing mass market adoption of connected home technologies. This is not surprising: not only because initial wariness is the natural reaction ...
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Smart Security Allows Users to Take an Active Role in Protecting Their Homes

The Internet of Things (IoT) is completely changing the way we interact with our homes. Its influence is huge in many aspects of our lives, but if we were to highlight a specific industry where the IoT and the connected ...
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The European Connected Home Market Welcomes Telcos

The U.S. market has set the example to follow. The main European telecommunication companies are closely examining the strong results of the American connected home market and have set themselves to refine their offerings and launches, seeking to stimulate a ...
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Traditional Security Providers are Expanding into Connected Home Solutions, and With Good Reason

While only about 25% of U.S. households have a professionally monitored security system installed, over 85% of homeowners have expressed a desire to be able to remotely monitor their home while away. It is clear that there is a huge ...
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Personal Emergency Response Systems or Why Panic Buttons Alone Are Not Enough

It’s a fact that world’s population is aging, especially in developed countries. There has never been so many seniors in the world as there are now, and their number keeps growing. In their golden years, older people want to age ...
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On the Road to Mass Market Adoption II: Addressing Consumer Fears and Worries

In the last post, we spoke about the best ways to help consumers understand the benefits of owning a connected living system, to raise technology awareness and to increase adoption rates. To go a step further and achieve mass market ...
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On the Road to Mass Market Adoption: Helping Consumers Understand the Value of Connected Living Technologies

We are closer than ever to making the connected home a reality for millions of households around the world. We have the means and the technology to make that possible, there is just one thing missing, and that is mass ...
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