The connected home is a critical source of revenue for operators

Telecoms.com periodically invites third parties to share their views on the industry’s most pressing issues. In this piece Francesca Greane, Content Lead for Broadband World Forum reflects on the growing opportunity for operators and service providers in the connected home market.

New research from Ovum* recently indicated that the consumer market will remain by far the largest source of revenue for network operators ($1.14 trillion by 2023) and while Broadband will account for 72% of this revenue at $800 billion, growth will slow as markets mature. But revenue from digital services is expected to see significant growth.

Indeed, new market analysis reveals how how critical the connected home market is becoming – revenue from digital services such as TV, digital media and the smart home is set to reach $735 billion by 2023*

At this critical time, Broadband World Forum provides the connectivity community with a powerful space in which to learn, network and collaborate. Taking place from 15-17 October in Amsterdam, the event is supported by leading figures from the telco industry including BT, KPN, T-Mobile, NBN Australia, VEON, Altice Portugal and Hyperoptic among others. Senior representatives from leading regulatory bodies such as Ofcom, Anacom and BEREC will take to the stage alongside enterprise heavyweights such as BBC, Disney and Uber.

And, this year, this year BBWF will host a dedicated connected home track which will feature discussions with key operators such as BT, Liberty Global and Comcast, as well as innovative vendors and start-ups. Preceded by a Day 1 workshop on the same topic hosted by revered industry group, Broadband Forum and with keynotes from automotive leaders Renault and Uber, the importance of the connected home and connected industries for telco innovation is right at the heart of BBWF this year.

Julie Kunstler, Principal Analyst at Ovum, specialising in wireline/fixed broadband access, said: “While bandwidth demand is not slowing down among consumers, businesses, and cities, operators are adopting innovative strategies to become the winners in end-to-end applications and services. “Beyond the pipe” is permeating smart home, smart business, and smart city strategies. BBWF is the key conference and exhibition for learning about innovative operators and the ecosystem supporting this major transformation.” Julie will be chairing the keynotes at BBWF on 16th October.

Paul Palmer, Director of Business Development at F-Secure said, “Homes are becoming more reliant on their broadband connection every day, as the attacks against IoT devices grow both in number and intensity. Service providers can prepare for the future by securing the devices and appliances people rely upon most—driving increased loyalty from our customers. At BBWF, the industry’s leaders can turn vulnerabilities into opportunities.

In addition to thought leading content the event hosts a large exhibition which includes the Broadband Forum interop pavilion, two free content theatres hosting a start-up showcase and pitch off, as well as the full broadband ecosystem with key players including Nokia, Huawei, ADTRAN, Intel bringing their latest network tech and demos, as well as emerging start-ups looking to establish themselves in the industry.

BBWF attracts 4000+ attendees each year and 2019 is set to be bigger and better than ever, attracting attendees from 95 countries and every point in the broadband value chain.

Sandra Motley, President of Nokia’s Fixed Networks Business Group, said: “The Broadband World Forum is a premier event that gives operators from around the world access to the latest innovations they need for their network evolution journey. We’re excited to once again be a part of this influential event and look forward to sharing how innovations like intent-based automation can revolutionize the future of broadband access.”

*Ovum Smart Home Services Forecast Report 2018-2023

 

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The future of smart homes

A mirror which gives you skincare advice or a device which tells you what your dog is saying; how ready are you for the home of tomorrow? Here, Heshaam Hague, Outreach Executive from Service Octopus give us a view into what the smart homes of the future will look like.

The clean, green and connected – how the kitchens of tomorrow will communicate like never before.

Although all areas of the house are becoming increasingly high tech – take the bed that automatically adjusts to improve the quality of sleep or the toilet that can diagnose medical conditions for example – it’s the kitchen that seems to be emerging as the tech hub of the home. From tables that give you recipe ideas to fridges that tell you when it’s time to go to the shop, the kitchens of tomorrow will be better connected and more communicative than ever.

So exactly what will our kitchens look like in the future and how will they behave in five, ten or even 20 years? Service Octopus have created an infographic that’s done just that.

Waste not, want not

According to recent data from waste and recycling advisory body Wrap, Brits throw away around £13bn of food every year. That equates to 7.3m tonnes of produce, 4.4m tonnes of which is deemed to be avoidable. However, if tech companies have their way, the kitchens of the future will address this colossal waste and help us to save money in the process.

One of the big names leading the way in anti-waste tech for the home is IKEA. Their ‘Smart Table’, part of the company’s 2025 ‘Future Kitchen’ concept will use a combination of cameras, sensors and heating coils to “inspire people to be more creative with food and throw away less”. As well as helping to reduce waste, this innovation will transform the humble table into an effective communication tool.

Connect to your kitchen via your smartphone

In just a few months time you’ll be able to install the FridgeCam into your fridge freezer. Log into the camera from wherever you are in the world via your smartphone to see if it’s time to restock your grocery supplies.

In the future, you’ll be able to make your very own episode of ‘The Great British Bake Off’, by investing in the Smart Oven from AEG. The device’s built in camera will send a live video feed straight to your smart phone or tablet computer, allowing you to watch your bakes and roasts as they brown to perfection.

If you want to take kitchen automation one step further, Moley Robotics are developing a robot that “cooks with the skill and flair of a master chef”. Once perfected, this most futuristic of future tech pieces will allow you to sit back and watch as your dinner is freshly prepared.

Use your home to charge your phone

Scientists at Michigan State University are perfecting ways to integrate photovoltaic cells into transparent windows. As Doctor Richard Lunt says, “It opens a lot of area to deploy solar energy in a non-intrusive way”.  If you’re keen to generate your own green energy you’ll be pleased to hear that solar windows could be just a few months away.

This type of nanotechnology is also being used in textiles. Experts at the University of Central Florida are in the process of developing technology that can be incorporated into fabric, allowing clothes to harvest and store the sun’s energy. In just a few years time you may be able to charge your smartphone simply by slipping it into your pocket when you’re out and about in the sun.

To find out what other innovations will be transforming the kitchens of the future and more, take a look at the infographic below.

 

Future of smart homes infographic

Infographic: The future of smart homes

A mirror which gives you skincare advice or a device which tells you what your dog is saying; how ready are you for the home of tomorrow? Here, Heshaam Hague, Outreach Executive from Service Octopus give us a view into what the smart homes of the future will look like.

The clean, green and connected – how the kitchens of tomorrow will communicate like never before.

Although all areas of the house are becoming increasingly high tech – take the bed that automatically adjusts to improve the quality of sleep or the toilet that can diagnose medical conditions for example – it’s the kitchen that seems to be emerging as the tech hub of the home. From tables that give you recipe ideas to fridges that tell you when it’s time to go to the shop, the kitchens of tomorrow will be better connected and more communicative than ever.

So exactly what will our kitchens look like in the future and how will they behave in five, ten or even 20 years? Service Octopus have created an infographic that’s done just that.

Waste not, want not

According to recent data from waste and recycling advisory body Wrap, Brits throw away around £13bn of food every year. That equates to 7.3m tonnes of produce, 4.4m tonnes of which is deemed to be avoidable. However, if tech companies have their way, the kitchens of the future will address this colossal waste and help us to save money in the process.

One of the big names leading the way in anti-waste tech for the home is IKEA. Their ‘Smart Table’, part of the company’s 2025 ‘Future Kitchen’ concept will use a combination of cameras, sensors and heating coils to “inspire people to be more creative with food and throw away less”. As well as helping to reduce waste, this innovation will transform the humble table into an effective communication tool.

Connect to your kitchen via your smartphone

In just a few months time you’ll be able to install the FridgeCam into your fridge freezer. Log into the camera from wherever you are in the world via your smartphone to see if it’s time to restock your grocery supplies.

In the future, you’ll be able to make your very own episode of ‘The Great British Bake Off’, by investing in the Smart Oven from AEG. The device’s built in camera will send a live video feed straight to your smart phone or tablet computer, allowing you to watch your bakes and roasts as they brown to perfection.

If you want to take kitchen automation one step further, Moley Robotics are developing a robot that “cooks with the skill and flair of a master chef”. Once perfected, this most futuristic of future tech pieces will allow you to sit back and watch as your dinner is freshly prepared.

Use your home to charge your phone

Scientists at Michigan State University are perfecting ways to integrate photovoltaic cells into transparent windows. As Doctor Richard Lunt says, “It opens a lot of area to deploy solar energy in a non-intrusive way”.  If you’re keen to generate your own green energy you’ll be pleased to hear that solar windows could be just a few months away.

This type of nanotechnology is also being used in textiles. Experts at the University of Central Florida are in the process of developing technology that can be incorporated into fabric, allowing clothes to harvest and store the sun’s energy. In just a few years time you may be able to charge your smartphone simply by slipping it into your pocket when you’re out and about in the sun.

To find out what other innovations will be transforming the kitchens of the future and more, take a look at the infographic below.

Future of smart homes infographic