Media Relations for a Connected World
Next generation home networking: cable companies and set-top box service providers will deliver the Smart Home
Many technology watchers have predicted that with the arrival of the automated smart home, home owners will seek out and install the latest, coolest gizmos that will make a house
truly smart. Well, it isn’t going to happen that way.
It is the cable companies of the world who are controlling the new smart homes - centered around the ubiquitous set-top box – not the TV makers, not the home aftermarket systems companies, nor security device providers. An entire portfolio of “Smart Home” services
such home security, energy monitoring and management, solar panel controls, health
monitoring, etc., all controlled through the set top box, can now be offered by service
providers and cable companies. These various services can all communicate to the
set top box via a wireless technology such as RF4CE or ZigBee PRO (which my
company is focusing on), and can then be controlled either by the remote control or via
a mobile device over the Internet. As part of the home entertainment package, cable
companies will be able to market, supply and install temperature and home
environment sensors, security systems, energy management, etc.
Networks such as these are the choice of the world’s cable companies and service
providers, representing the way to introduce new services and applications to the home.
Cable companies have realized that it is not enough to provide high quality video and
web connectivity – they need to have the total infra-structure in place to provide a
wide range of other services, if they want to engage with their customers and keep them
excited as subscribers in a web-connected world.