Many of us will soon experience various types of smart home solution. No matter if in stores or new apartments everyone gets in touch with smart home solutions such as smart climate control, lighting, beds, TV or smart kitchen devices as well as home security. Artificial intelligence powered user interfaces (UIs), including voice, gesture, and biometrics, will fuel the growth of smart home use cases over the next years.The variety of home automation solutions is as broad and complex as the standard requirements for using smart home devices. Such solutions can be linked by sophisticated systems on chip (SoCs), devices, computer networking; and connections are most commonly linked via Bluetooth, WiFi and point-to-point connections. Open connections such as Bluetooth and WLAN are already widespread in use. Long-term evolution (LTE-M) – part of the 5G mobile connection – can so far only be used for small devices (eg, fans, cameras, vacuum cleaners, heaters, refrigerators, washing machines, jalousies and smart lights, among other things). The standard Narrow Band – Internet of Things (NB-IoT) is ideal for devices that generate low-data traffic and have a long lifecycle. The most common smart home protocols that link the different products are ZigBee, Z-Wave, HomeMatic and KNX. The different standards show the variety of solutions between speed and latency.

The licensing of SEPs that dominates the mobile sector is now being used across a far wider range of industries. This is providing rights holders and implementers with plenty of opportunities, but also many challenges. The use of interconnected devices in the home is growing at a rapid rate, which has led to a rise in the number of smart home relevant connectivity standards. The IPlytics platform was used to examine standards contribution, SEPs and patent data to explore the latest technology trends and identify the most important players in smart home technology.

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