Do Customers Really Want a Smart Home, or Just a Smart Solution?

By Sophie Curtis on April 14, 2015

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Do people want smart homes or smart solutions? The hype suggests smart homes are on the rise but some data suggests otherwise.

One smart solution is SkyBell, a revolutionary Wi-Fi video doorbell that allows home-owners to see and communicate with a visitor at their front door. SkyBell is becoming a leader in home automation and in DIY home security, providing a new level of convenience, control and security to homeowners.

At the Internet of Things Summit in Boston, Andrew Thomas, co-founder of SkyBell, will share insights on the current state of home automation adoption and where it's going next. Using data and feedback from customers, Andrew ‘s presentation will look at how solving problems is the best way to enter the smart home.

We caught up Andrew before the summit next month to hear more of his thoughts on the future of the Internet of Things in the home.

What are the key factors that have enabled recent advancements in Internet of Things (IoT)?
The big key factors is the growth of mobility and the maturation of communication protocols like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The fact that we have our mobile devices around us 24/7 makes that device to user connectivity useful. The growth and advancements in BTLE and Wi-Fi mean that devices have faster performance, more range and lower power usage.

What industries do you think will be disrupted by IoT in the future?
Access control looks to be a segment that is ripe for disruption. Devices like smart locks and video doorbells are giving homeowner and businessowners new ways to monitor their home or office access point.

What are the practical applications of your work and what sectors are most likely to be affected?
We are putting security and control back in the hands of homeowners with our SkyBell Video Doorbell. This Wi-Fi enabled video doorbell allows users to see who is at their door from a smartphone. We see an opportunity to impact the home access and monitoring industry by giving users a DIY point solution for home monitoring – whether the user is home or away.

What developments can we expect to see in IoT in the next 5 years?
I expect to see continued progress in home automation. Right now things are still a bit manual, especially in the smart home side of things. I think we’ll see more logic and personalization happen for users that will allow them to detach from the process and allow logic and events to execute a desired result.

Which areas do you feel could benefit from cross-industry collaboration?
There are lots of exciting possibilities at the intersection of wearables and the smart home. I think wearables are excellent for validating who someone is, where they are in the home and they can be a useful tool for controlling the world around you. I think it’s fun to think about a day when your TV won’t turn on because you didn’t work out or didn’t walk enough steps.

What advancements excite you most in the field?
As a hardware developer, I’m excited about what’s being possible with components that provide lower power usage. We’ve squeezed every last drop out of the 10VAC power supply that powers a SkyBell. With every drop in power consumption, we can provide more features, faster performance and a smarter device. It’s real exciting.

The Internet of Things Summit is taking place in Boston on 28-29 May. For more information and to register, please visit the event website here.

Early Bird tickets are now available, book now to save $200. Tickets for startups and academics are available at reduced rates. Want to send a team from your company? Email hello@re-work.co for group bookings to receive a discount for teams of 3 or more.

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