With the whole world and its dog predicting massive growth in the internet of things (IoT) both in the commercial and domestic markets, it appears a number of vendors are jockeying for position to become the providers of home gateways.
There is a lot of potential for the IoT at home, said Paul O’Donovan, a principle research analyst at Gartner.
Applications include smart cookers, smart washing machines, smart dryers, smart lighting, thermostats, entertainment devices and more.
O’Donovan said: “Many IoT applications are triggered by sensors and need data management, but there is no single IoT gateway to the home. As internet connected homes become increasingly smarter, the gateway is becoming the “centre” for connecting different devices and home appliances.”
He estimates that the number of smart connected homes will grow from an estimate 100 to 200 million now, to between 500 million and 700 million homes by 2020.
Vendors trying to grab the key to the IoT front door range from cable companies, internet companies, alarm companies and mobile phone operating system providers.
O’Donovan thinks ISPs are likely to be the early winners.