Connected Living, From Smart Meters to Telepresence


Story by Kathleen Tracy

Connected devices continue to proliferate and affect every aspect of modern life. It is estimated the average digital user has 10 personal connected devices at home, a trend Frost & Sullivan calls connected living: “a world in which consumers use many different devices to experience compelling new services that integrate video, voice, and data services to provide access and ubiquitous connectivity anytime and anywhere. In the future, smart and connected everyday objects and appliances will be able to monitor the environment, report statuses, receive instructions, and take action based on the information received from PCs, smart phones, and tablets.”

Mark Dougan, Frost & Sullivan’s managing director for Australia & New Zealand, says, “Mobility and cloud computing have brought about significant changes in the [information and communication technologies](ICT) industry. Cloud computing, big data, mobility and low cost sensors are driving the internet of things and connected industries. The internet of things is forcing transformation and innovation across connectivity and convergence of people and industries, giving rise to the connected home, connected workplace and connected city. The consumerization of the ICT environment is forcing companies to converge and offer ICT-blended solutions. This is creating a whole new market of connected living solutions and services.”

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