The IoT is not simply a grab bag of apps and smart devices. With the growing popularity of smart buildings, for example, it’s about how homes or offices respond to people, anticipate their lives and allow people and the environment to adjust to one another.
In recognition of both National Safety Month and IoT Month, let’s talk about one of the most innovative features of smart buildings – the smart lock. Here are a few key trends with these safety and security IoT devices:
Of course, smart locks aren’t the only IoT connected building devices out there – So, perhaps the most important trend for smart locks is the ability to work on an open platform. Consider this: According to the “2014 State of the Internet of Things Study” from Accenture Interactive, 69 percent of consumers plan to buy a smart device in the next five years. The study also confirms that, by the end of this year, nearly 13 percent of consumers will have an loT device, such as an in-home security camera or automated thermostat. Even more, by 2025, it is projected that there will be 100-200 billion connected devices, translating to approximately 26 smart objects per person. We are at the cusp of a fundamental change enabled by the Internet of Things.
Rob Martens is the Futurist and Director of Connectivity Platforms at Allegion. As technology strategist and futurist with a special focus on the IoT, Rob is responsible for identifying and incorporating trends, opportunities and partnerships in the electronic product space. Respected for his unique industry perspective, Rob has been featured as an expert panelist at International CES 2015, the Golden Seeds Annual Summit, the IoT Global Innovation Forum, Internet of Things World and CE Week, among others. A former corporate CIO, his professional background includes CPG, industrial manufacturing, distribution, financial services, consulting, education and automotive businesses. Rob is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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