In the near future we will be able to communicate with all sorts of devices as long as they are connected to the internet. The home is one of the places that will be radically transformed and become “smarter” – all thanks to IoT, Internet of Things.
The smart home market is exploding. The driving force behind this is a combination of many things such as an abundance of services, cheaper and more user friendly devices, high speed broadband connection, and changes in consumer behaviour. Apart from services that satisfy our ever growing demand for comfort and pleasure, services related to eHealth, alarm systems, energy control, etc wil also invade out homes and daily life – and all will be connected!
The demonstration that is carried out in conjunction with the Catalyst – a Swedish ICT test and demonstration environment – will also pinpoint which challenges the researchers are facing when everything in the home is connected. Examples of such issues are personal integrity; who owns and controls the data in the home; how much automation and smartness can we actually manage?
Smartphones will become not only everyone’s portal into the Internet of Things ecosystem (look no further than smartphone-controlled light bulbs), but a complete remote control to your life (if it isn’t already). Every enterprise needs to take mobile even more seriously and have it as a key point of consideration of future connected efforts.
The demonstrations are in turn part of a much larger KTH-driven project, ICT – The Next Generation, see http://www.ict-tng.kth.se