Connected Home Working Group

techUK is exploring a new programme of activities focusing on the connected home. As part of our Internet of Things (IoT) Programme, the group will explore the UK’s connected home market identifying opportunities, issues and challenges.

IoT technology is enabling the development of the connected home market. New wireless connections between an increasing amounts of consumer devices is providing a wide range new consumer services in sectors such as energy, security, health & social care and insurance.

The connected home is not simply an aggregation of disparate services to the home. It is a shared network and resources model which allows interoperability between various verticals allowing users to be device and technology agnostic when consuming services – from healthcare to security. The connected home also offers the opportunity of an innovative platform made up of multi managed systems to facilitate next generation services to be delivered by third parties such as demand side response and real time insurance.

Connected homes are seen as one of the most likely technologies to have an impact on consumer lives and today one in four people in Germany, Japan, UK and the US own a connected device such as a smart meter, health monitor or heating system and the market is expected to grow in the next five years as the quantity of internet connected physical devices increases significantly.

Challenges

Despite the huge opportunity for the provision of services to the consumer driven by the rise in connected devices, full realisation of the connected home is not assured and there is still a need to promote and advocate the benefits consumers as well as overcome barriers and challenges hindering development of the UK market. These challenges include:

  • Consumer confidence and acceptance

  • Consumer trust & security challenges

  • Standardisation and interoperability

  • Connectivity

  • Disaggregated value chain

  • Changing business models

Activities

The new work programme will look to deliver a dynamic programme of events, insights, stakeholder engagement, reports and policy input to have a positive effect on policy outcomes and market development of the connected home.

The current purpose of group is to focus on the demand side of connected home technologies. The group seeks to represent the consumer voice and support market development by aligning messaging and vocabulary, keeping the end user at the centre. Our ultimate aim is to integrate connected home technologies as a part of everyday life.

Members

Dixons Carphone plc
Housing Association Charitable Trust
Informetis Europe Ltd
Intel Corporation (UK) Ltd
Panasonic UK Ltd
Samsung Electronics UK Ltd
Toshiba Information Systems (UK) Ltd
Tunstall Healthcare (UK) Limited

 

 

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