Cloud-based home management systems that allow users to remotely control household features like lighting and air conditioning are set for rapid growth within 2018. The global installed base of cloud-based home management services is projected to grow to 44.6 million units at the end of 2018, up from 5.6 million at the end of 2013, according to IHS Technology. The installed base this year will surge 63 percent to 9.1 million. “Imagine using your smartphone or tablet to detect an intruder in your home or to adjust the temperature in your living room – no matter where you are”, said Lisa Arrowsmith, associate director, connectivity, smart homes and smart cities, for IHS. “Cloud-based home management makes all this possible, and much more. With a wide range of companies offering such solutions, the cloud-based home management system business will expand dramatically in the coming years”.
The American and European market
Big opportunity in Asia
In the Asia-Pacific region, some multiservice operators have been offering basic smart home services for a number of years, although volumes have remained relatively low. As more enter the market, with wider value propositions and attractive tiered pricing, the role of MSOs is set to grow. However, it is device suppliers that are expected to drive the majority of growth in Asia-Pacific. In some cases, the device suppliers are expected to focus on the creation of the “smart” hardware, using open standards to make it compatible with services from other companies. However, some appliance suppliers are expected to also “own” the backend system used, creating their own branded smart home service platforms.