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Are You Ready for the Smart Home Race?

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t.alex
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Re: Alternatives to service provider
t.alex   10/20/2011 10:17:02 AM
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That is a good point. There are home-connected products which allow people to DIY without paying monthly to the service providers.

Eldredge
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Alternatives to service provider
Eldredge   10/19/2011 9:25:13 AM
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It seems like this is an area where it would be feasible for someone to set up their own computer-controlled devices and eliminate a service provider from the equation.

_hm
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Re: Cost of Smart home?
_hm   10/18/2011 8:58:15 PM
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Perhaps it should be incremental approach. There are many functions, which needs upgrade like smart home offers. But it is to be introduced gradually so people can use it effectively and get friendly with them. In subsequent steps, they will adept technology much fater and may be willing to pay more. Also, they sholud also be able to select what they need.

 

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Re: The privacy will become more and more important
Eldredge   10/18/2011 1:42:30 PM
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@Tvotapka ... great point. There are many ways to address some of the home security and efficiency needs. And I for one am tired of having yet another hand in my pocket for a monthly fee that increases by 50 to 100% after the 1st year is over!

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Re: The privacy will become more and more important
Tvotapka   10/18/2011 12:37:01 PM
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Smart home tech is entertaining material to talk about, but a necessity? I don't see it yet. If you want a light on before you come home...buy a plug-in timer at your local hardware store, they work forever. If you have a vacation home you're concerned about, then get a security system. The point is, the technology is already available without the cost or privacy consideration.

Or, you could do something with your iPad or Ipod as in http://www.smarthome.com/iphone_apps.html  Again, cool, but necessary?

 

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Re: The privacy will become more and more important
Eldredge   10/18/2011 7:37:21 AM
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Perhaps...I know I won't be in the front of the line.

Jennifer Baljko
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Re: Cost of Smart home?
Jennifer Baljko   10/18/2011 5:49:25 AM
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_hm - good questions. I don't know about the consumer cost side, and would guess it would depend on which devices you buy to act as "hubbing" contol center device (I image something that acts like a router, collecting infor from various pieces of equipment) and the monthly or annualy service fee a company would charge for the monitoring services. In order to get traction, I imagine many providers will try to find the most attractive price point.

Complexity - that's another valid point, and also probably depends on which devices are hooked up. Turning on lights is something different than monitoring the energy usage of all your appliance, and that's differenet than having your fridge order milk from an online grocery store when it senses you need more. 

Anyone with a smart home willing to share personal insights about the costs and how you have things set up?

Jennifer Baljko
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Re: The privacy will become more and more important
Jennifer Baljko   10/18/2011 5:39:45 AM
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Hi Everyone. Thanks for the comments. Seems like many of us have the same concern - smart home security and privacy. So, if those are the biggest issues, how can component suppliers, OEMs and software developers address them before the hardware and software hit our doorsteps? Are there market opportunities for them, or is this something the mobile services companies will have to figure out (kind of like how banks had to do the heavy lifting to make online banking a generally safe environment). Any thought on how companies may be layering in solutions for this possible threats?

 

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Re: The privacy will become more and more important
tirlapur   10/17/2011 4:11:26 PM
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I completely agree that privacy and security are a major concerns.

@Eldredge, true privacy and security are major concerns but big question is will these concerns discourage users from adopting smart homes ? I think smarthome providers will definitely provide added security features so that more and more people opt for smarthomes.


Eldredge
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Re: The privacy will become more and more important
Eldredge   10/17/2011 9:56:54 AM
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I completely agree that privacy and security are a major concerns. The ability for external control and monitoring of every aspect of the home should not be taken too lightly. Icing on the cake is that we get to pay for the privilege.

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