LAS VEGAS--AT&T Mobility is opening up its Digital Life home security and automation services to third-party products and its partnering with industry heavyweights, including Samsung Electronics and Qualcomm Life.
U.S. Cellular thinks its new OnLook home automation and security platform can effectively compete with AT&T Mobility's similar and more established Digital Life unit, according to a U.S. Cellular executive. However, the companies appear to have different ambitions in the market, with U.S. Cellular more focused on delivering a simple experience to its customers and getting a new revenue stream than on creating a platform for other carriers to use.
U.S. Cellular is jumping into the digital home automation and security market, presenting a challenge to AT&T Mobility, which has largely had the market to itself among wireless carriers via its Digital Life unit.
Exposing the possible liability risks for providers of home automation and security services, Comcast is being sued by a Kirkland, Wash., family following a grisly home-invasion incident last year.
LAS VEGAS--The fastest growing segments of the Internet of Things market include home automation, the connected car market and mobile healthcare and health monitoring, according to a panel of leading IoT executives. However, a lack of standards--or rather, a proliferation of them--is holding back adoption and creating headaches for the industry.
Suddenlink is getting into the home automation business, launching a new service that lets customers remotely arm and disarm their security systems, monitor live streamed video of their domiciles, and remotely control things like lights and thermostats for as little as $30 a month, depending on promotions and bundling.
Former Charter Communications executive Ted Schremp's SmartHome Ventures has announced a new retail-focused home-automation platform designed to compete with services offered by top pay-TV providers.
Samsung Electronics confirmed it purchased home automation platform SmartThings (a 2014 Fierce 15 winner), which Samsung said will enable the startup to expand its platform and work with more partners and devices. The deal represents a significant new investment by Samsung into the Internet of Things market.
It's no secret that the Internet of Things has generated a significant amount of buzz in the wireless industry. Indeed, the Internet of Things is now at the peak of its own hype cycle, according to research firm Gartner. (For comparison, the M2M market has already peaked and is on its way toward a "plateau of productivity" while virtual personal assistants are on the firm's pre-peak "innovation trigger" slope.) But its top position on Gartner's hype cycle graph does nothing to limit the potential importance of the Internet of Things.
Samsung Electronics is considering buying home automation platform SmartThings (a 2014 Fierce 15 winner) for around $200 million, according to a TechCrunch report, in what would be yet another move by Samsung to get its hooks into the Internet of Things market.