Telecare in the EU: Smart Home and Independent Living

The EU population is growing, and improvements in health and welfare mean that the average age of the population is rising. In the UK, 11.8 million (18%) of the 65.6 million population are now over 65; this is expected to rise to 13.9 million (20.2%) out of 69 million by 2025. This whitepaper explores how smart home technology can support independent living and explains the benefits for both telehealth and telecare. It focuses on what could be considered the mass-market application to support independent living: [...]

By | 2019-08-20T11:04:25+00:00 August 6th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Home Security – Lessons from Across the Pond

We may not like to admit it, but in the UK and Europe we tend to follow the technology and trends in the US markets.  There are some notable exceptions and home security is one of them. In the US, there is a strong market for monitored security with over 23% of residential properties paying for professional services in a sector worth over $20bn/year whereas in the EU, the market for professional monitoring averages less than 5%.  This disparity has tempted security companies like ADT, [...]

By | 2019-05-18T13:51:50+00:00 May 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Free Whitepaper: Leveraging Smart Home and IoT for New Insurance Business Models

In the age of the Internet of Things (IoT), a tsunami of new information will come from connected devices. Insurers, intent on securing the deepest level of insight, will need a way to tap into the source. Traditional insurance practices for data acquisition through third parties may not work; IoT data will be a source of competitive advantage and, therefore, not readily shared. The companies deploying smart home solutions, not the insurer, will have control of the relationship and leverage the data collected to give [...]

By | 2019-02-13T21:47:07+00:00 February 13th, 2019|Insurance|0 Comments

Lowe’s Sell the Iris Smart Home Platform

Let me start this piece by pointing out that I worked for Lowe’s on the Iris team so I am somewhat biased in my views: however, I cannot help thinking that Lowe’s is throwing the baby out with the bathwater as new management seek to make their mark by controlling costs. I know these are hard decisions but, at a time when everyone else is doubling down with significant investments in the smart home, they chose to exit on what was once seen as a [...]

By | 2018-12-04T22:56:07+00:00 December 4th, 2018|Retail|0 Comments

Thinking about strategies for the Smart Home?

The IoT is having a growing impact on consumer channels such as retail, utilities, telcos, insurance, and others work to embrace a new wave of connected devices. These connected devices generate data that will support exciting new services and introduce novel ways to engage consumers and, potentially, generate new revenues. The consumer drivers are simple; this new connectivity will make our homes safer, more energy efficient, and easier to manage. Who does not want that? However, the IoT is a challenging and disruptive technology that will shift [...]