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Real Time Communications Finds a Place in Our Homes

April 29, 2015

Real-time technology is changing the dynamics of how we interact with everything today. Not just in a business setting, but also for personal use, as a way to offer critical data, control devices and keep in touch. As this importance increases, the lines between communications, IoT and other technologies are becoming blurred. 

Connected devices in the home are taking the way we live to a whole new level. Devices that can be controlled remotely include electronics, thermometers and even lighting in the home. But one of the technologies really seeing a giant push today is security and alarm systems.

This market, according to M2M provider Essence, is coming in at the top of the list for how people are using IoT and real-time capabilities in their homes.

Essence looked specifically at consumer usage of its connected home platform WeR@Home and found that 72 percent of households are using connected home services to get notifications and perform actions in real-time. The findings also uncovered that 1 in 5 people are interacting with their home system—mostly for security needs—three times a day and that 62 percent were actually managing alarms from their smartphones while they were away.

An increase in the number of devices being used to control and manage these services was also seen. This, Haim Amir, Essence Founder & CEO noted is a result of consumers gaining peace of mind because they can fully control and check on their homes and loved ones whenever they need to. Over 51 percent of users actually upgraded from a basic package so they could have more than three peripheral devices like cameras and motion detectors in use.

"Adding to what we've seen in our 20 years of experience in the home security domain, the connected home results show that people find true value in their home's smart systems," Amir said.

Of the 500 households Essence analyzed usage from, they found that most commonly, people were using connected cameras as a way to get alerts and video sent to their phone. These  ‘look in’ capabilities offer peace of mind and security any time someone opens their front door, or provides real-time video access whenever smoke detectors go off.

The ‘Connected Home’ is expected to continue its increase in popularity for consumers over the next 10 years as more homeowners install connected systems and the landscape becomes more simplified.  

The latest research from Ovum, “Smart 2025: The Future of the Connected Home and Community,” finds that despite work still needing to be done regarding costs, compatibility and privacy concerns, more and more people are turning to real-time communications and IoT for security improvements, energy efficiency and automation in their homes. 

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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