20% of Likely Smart Home Adopters
ON World’s recently completed survey with over 1,000 U.S. consumers found that 20% of likely smart home adopters believe they will have 50 or more wireless sensors in their home within the next five years and data reliability was selected as the most important feature of a smart home system.
San Diego, CA July 31, 2014—Wireless mesh sensor networks are making the smart home promise a reality, according to a recently published survey by global technology research firm ON World.
“Early adopters plan on having at least 50 sensors in their smart homes within the next five years and they want to integrate them into their WiFi/IP network,” says Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director.
According to ON World’s recently completed survey with over 1,000 U.S. adults, over a third believe they will have wireless sensors in their home in five years and 20% of the likely adopters will have 50 or more wireless sensors installed by this time. Respondents are most likely to buy smoke detector/CO alarms followed by wireless LED light bulbs, smart thermostats and/or a smart appliance. Twenty-percent of likely adopters want to use their web browser with their smart home system compared with 31% for their security system and half with their cable TV.
For all respondents, data reliability was selected as the most important feature of a smart home sensing and control system, followed by battery life, IP addressability, smartphone control and app availability.
IP addressable, wireless sensing and control products such as Nest’s Learning Thermostat have driven adoption of smart home products. Although WiFi has been commonly used for mains-powered sensing devices, Thread is a new IP-based wireless mesh network protocol that will enable smart home devices to carry IPv6 communications with very low power consumption and support large-scale networks for the home with over 250 nodes. The Thread protocol is promoted by the Thread Group that was formed in July by founding members ARM, Big Ass Fans, Freescale Semiconductor, Nest Labs, Samsung, Silicon Labs and Yale Security.
By 2018, ON World projects that wireless sensing and control devices will be used in 50 million smart homes and buildings worldwide and the majority of these will use IP-addressable sensors at this time.
Based on two surveys with over 2,000 online U.S. consumers, ON World’s Smart Home Networks Consumer Survey uncovers consumers’ demand, needs and wants for smart home products and services including energy management, lighting controls, security, safety and health monitoring. The report synopsis is available from: http://www.onworld.com/smarthomenetworks/survey
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