the privacy and security are important. I think this is the only way left to the ce companies for the future. Since the products those available currently have every thing in them except the connectivity and remote control. So I feel users will be slow but lot of urban and tech savy homes will accept these smart homes.
Privacy has always remained a concern with every new innovation. Be it the e-mail, VoIP, e-banking, e-commerce, social networks, and lately the NFC based payments. The technology has so far been able to address the security concerns beforehand and to our comfort levels. I don't see how security and privacy could hinder the next step forward in the smart world.
With evrything getting connected to the outside world , the owner of the house will be no more in command of all those gadgets that he possesses in his home. His power appliance will communicate over the smart grid and decide when to switch themselves on or off ! His notebooks will decide themselves that a new book needs to be downloaded from the on line library. His security gadgets will automatically send alert to the centralised security service as soon as he moves out of the house and so on.
Imagine what hazards can happen if there is breach of such personal automatic communcations. What if the control is taken over by the people with evil motives.
Those concerns have to be addressed now before the technology spreads to the common people.
I am an advocate for connected people and devices, so I may be biased in my opinion on this.But with any solution to be broadly accepted, there must be value in the service. In theory, by having a “smart” home, which would be much more energy efficient, should produce more savings than the homeowner is outlaying in utility bills.
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Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.