Consumer Electronics / Smart Home
M2M Connects Consumer Electronics Manufacturers and Customers
The more entertainment electronics equipment, Smart Home devices, wearables or GPS trackers are connected to the Internet by M2M, the better the products and services that the consumer electronics industry can offer its customers.
More and more consumer electronics products send data to manufacturers and platforms via M2M solutions. In the entertainment sector, TV and sound systems provide access to video and music streaming services. In sport, fitness bracelets measure pulse rates or distances run. GPS trackers or a smartphone app can localize valuables or hire cars. Smart thermostats and light switches help make the home more comfortable. Consumer electronics connected by M2M makes people’s lives easier and offers companies enormous potential for new business models.
Connected Devices: When M2M Ensures Comfort in the Smart Home
When lighting, coffee maker, blinds and heating join forces to create a pleasant atmosphere, we are in a Smart Home. Smartly connected devices around the home make added comfort possible.
The Internet of Things makes your house a Smart Home. Along with the need for security fulfilled by cameras, smoke alarms and motion sensors and the desire to save energy by means of smart thermostats and blinds, comfort has an increasingly important role to play in the connected home.
Comfort scenarios in the Smart Home
Its uses are many and varied. In theory every device in the home can be connected and can communicate with other devices or with the occupant. When the heating in the bathroom switches on automatically in the morning, the blinds are opened and the lights switch on as soon as the user enters a room, M2M communication is involved. Comfort scenarios of this kind are made possible by smart heating thermostats, programmable adapters for lamps and kitchen equipment, motion sensors or central controls via a smartphone app. Users can set personal profiles to determine when the dishwasher and washing machine are to run or the heating is to be switched on. This data is stored on the provider’s encrypted cloud servers.
Easy to install and to use
Technical expertise is often not required to connect a home. Many Smart Home solution providers opt for wireless-based connections between devices, sensors and power sockets. This way no cables need to be laid or walls to be torn up. Adapters for lamps and electrical equipment are simply plugged into a free socket. Other providers fit small modules into switches and devices that then communicate with each other via the power lines around the home. Everything is controlled centrally via a box that is connected to the Internet and can be reached when the user is out and about via a smartphone app.
Control household appliances by means of an app
Manufacturers of household appliances are now also providing apps that enable ovens and dishwashers to be managed and controlled by a smartphone via WLAN. At the same time, users are sent suitable baking recipes to their tablet and if problems arise with the appliance, contact is established with customer service. New M2M business models will emerge in the years ahead for various industries such as telecoms, power utilities, security, or facility management. With the Internet of Things there are no limits to creativity if the home is to become a Smart Home.