The importance of interoperability for consumers increases with each smart home device purchased. Currently 13% of U.S. broadband households own at least one smart home device, and 60% of those who have purchased three devices feel it is very important for the devices to work together as part of a system.
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Demand for affordable devices used to connect to the mobile internet, mostly from emerging markets, is continuing to drive strong sales of what Gartner calls “white-box” smartphones and media tablets in 2014. Gartner expects the white-box smartphone market to grow 50 percent, while the white-box tablet market will experience growth of 15.6 percent.
The growing applications for Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) solutions are already benefiting from the adoption of new broadband technologies. The worldwide Wi-Fi customer premises equipment (CPE) market is expected to grow 11 percent in 2014. The enterprise class Wi-Fi equipment market is expected to grow to generate revenues of $8.1 billion by the end of 2019.
According to Juniper Research, the number of smartphone shipments will approach 1.2 billion in 2014 — that’s an increase of 19 percent from the 985 million in 2013. The global market is expected to be driven by growth in emerging markets, due to a continued surge in sales and adoption of low-cost Economy $75-$150 and Ultra-Economy sub-$75 smartphones.
Telematics is a broad term that may be applied to a wide range of connected services in the automotive industry. The basic definition of automobile telematics is an automatic system designed for passenger cars that incorporates some form of cellular communication. The drivers behind adoption of telematics systems among car manufacturers are both commercial and regulatory.
Research has also shown that retention rates for certain wearable devices are much lower than originally anticipated. However, this has not dampened the consumer electronics industry enthusiasm for wearable devices — a case in point being the introduction of the Apple Watch this week. Juniper Research has revealed that the global retail revenue from smart wearable devices are now forecast to treble by 2016, before reaching $53.2 billion in 2019.
The 2014 Internet of Things (IoT) Study examines consumer adoption of connected devices and smart technology. About 69 percent of consumers are planning to buy an in-home device in the next five years. By the end of 2015, 13 percent of consumers will own an in-home IoT device, such as a thermostat or in-home security camera. Currently 4 percent of those surveyed own such a device.
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