Ten major companies -- Whirlpool, Bell Canada, Cisco, Direct Energy, HP, Legrand, Leviton, Microsoft, Procter & Gam...
April 23, 2008
Ten major companies — Whirlpool, Bell Canada, Cisco, Direct Energy, HP, Legrand, Leviton, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble and Zensys as well as the Z-Wave Alliance — announced today that they are teaming up to conduct an in-depth study aboutthe state and future of the smart home.
The smart home is defined as a structure where the systems (security, lighting, sensors, heating, air-conditioning, audio-video, etc.) are interconnected to allow the automatic or remote control of the home to save energy and improve comfort, safety and convenience for the homeowner.
The 2008 State of the Connected Home Market Study is being conducted under the auspices of the Internet Home Alliance Research Council, which is part of CABA (Continental Automated Buildings Association), a not-for-profit industry association that promotes advanced technologies for the automation of homes and buildings in North America.
The results, which will conclude on May 30, are scheduled to be released to the public in January 2009.
The study is being conducted by Zanthus, a market research-based consulting firm that serves high-tech companies.
“As the market for home automation grows, it is imperative that product suppliers understand their customers’ needs as well as what other major industry players are doing to support the overall growth of the market,” said Bob Becker, vice president and general manager of Leviton’s residential business unit.