Executive Briefings

Smart Homes, Not-so-Smart Queries, Smart Opportunities

Growth of the Internet of Things in broadband households extends the life, utility and functionality of all connected solutions in the home. It also puts new pressures on existing support solutions to meet consumers' expectations.

Sixteen percent of U.S. broadband households owned a smart home device, and nearly 40 percent planned to buy a smart home product in the next 12 months, suggests a research report Parks Associates released in July. Many of those devices will be self-installed.

By their nature, smart home devices open new and ongoing demands in functionality and interoperability, which become increasingly complex with the addition of every new device. As a result, smart home devices could prompt more than 7 million support requests in 2015, and that number could grow to nearly 11 million by 2019. But there are many opportunities for business in that.

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Sixteen percent of U.S. broadband households owned a smart home device, and nearly 40 percent planned to buy a smart home product in the next 12 months, suggests a research report Parks Associates released in July. Many of those devices will be self-installed.

By their nature, smart home devices open new and ongoing demands in functionality and interoperability, which become increasingly complex with the addition of every new device. As a result, smart home devices could prompt more than 7 million support requests in 2015, and that number could grow to nearly 11 million by 2019. But there are many opportunities for business in that.

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