April 28, 2017

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Connected home predictions for 2015

Predicting future trends in the technology space is never an easy task, especially in areas such as smart homes, where so many different companies are now converging. Nevertheless, Jon Carter, UK head of business development for connected Home at Deutsche Telekom, is prepared to share his outlook on what we can expect to see during the next 12 months. Here are the ten predictions for 2015 from Carter’s connected home crystal ball. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Saturday 3 January 2015

DISTREE Kids & Toys event to launch in Monaco in 2015

DISTREE Events has announced that its new DISTREE Kids & Toys event will launch in Monaco from April 22nd to 24th 2015. The event will provide a powerful business platform for toy manufacturers to meet face-to-face with senior buyers from leading toy distributors, importers and retailers operating in emerging markets across the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 17 December 2014

From connected devices to smart home solutions

Persuading European consumers to invest in smart home solutions has been a tough challenge for the industry to date, but a new breed of connected devices and point solutions could help trigger a mass market breakthrough. Speaking at a recent connected home conference, Greg Roberts, VP marketing at connected home platform provider Icontrol Networks, said: “We are now seeing compelling connected devices in the market – point solutions. These may not connect with other devices but it is a chance for customers to get their feet wet in terms of smart home technologies.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 2 December 2014

Smart tech, dumb channels

We need a radical channel rethink to drive mass market adoption of smart home technologies in Europe, argues Stuart Wilson, Editor at Channel EMEA. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 21 November 2014

Smart home demand hampered by poor consumer marketing

European adoption of smart technologies and connected home devices remains hampered by poor consumer marketing, resulting in weak demand. The problem is compounded by a failure to articulate clear and compelling value propositions, and a struggle to communicate usage scenarios that truly appeal to the mass market. These issues were discussed and analysed at length by industry stakeholders at this week’s Connections Europe event in Amsterdam. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 20 November 2014

ZigBee 3.0 unifies wireless standards

The ZigBee Alliance, a non-profit association of organisations creating open, global standards that define the Internet of Things (IoT) for use in consumer, commercial and industrial applications, has announced the unification of its market-leading wireless standards to a single standard named ZigBee 3.0. This standard will provide interoperability among the widest range of smart devices and give consumers and businesses access to innovative products and services that will work together seamlessly to enhance everyday life, according to Zigbee. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 19 November 2014

Opening the barriers to Europe

James Arnold Roberts, director at Genius Networks looks at what the barriers are to doing international connectivity business in Europe, and how resellers can overcome them. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 14 November 2014

UK consumers show appetite for smart homes

The latest research from GfK shows that a ‘connected’ home appeals to 76% of UK consumers. The idea of controlling heating, security, entertainment systems and even household appliances in a smart home environment is clearly a popular concept with UK consumers. Unfortunately, the GfK research also noted that only 35% would be willing to pay for the cost of connecting their home. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 11 November 2014

Smart bulbs market set to soar

The market for residential smart bulbs is set to soar in the next few years, according to projections from ABI Research. The embryonic market for connected LED or ‘smart’ light bulbs saw less than 2.5 million units shipped in 2013. ABI reckons that falling LED prices and the endorsement of ZigBee Light Link as the preferred connectivity solution by a number of leading lighting manufacturers means that annual smart bulb shipments are set to increase to 223 million by 2020, achieving a total installed base of over 400 million. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 7 November 2014

Strong market growth in Vietnam

Research house GfK’s latest analysis of the ICT, telecoms and consumer electronics market in Vietnam indicates that the total market value grew 26% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2014 to hit US$1.25 billion. The strong growth was driven by sales increases in six of the seven segments that GfK tracks. Telecoms sales were up 33.7% year-on-year at US$542m. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 5 September 2014

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