Smart homes are but one aspect of smart cities, which include the introduction of connected devices in transportation, utilities and commercial buildings, such as the new one with 8,000 smart lights in NY being constructed for agency R/GA.
Analyst firm Gartner predicted that commercial buildings will lead the way in Internet of Things (IoT) adoption rate until its implementation in homes gains real traction, which Gartner estimated will occur in 2017.
The business applications that are fueling the growth of IoT in commercial buildings are handled through building information management systems that drive operations management, especially around energy efficiency and user-centric service environments.
Bettina Tratz-Ryan, Gartner research vice president, says IoT can help reduce the cost of energy, spatial management and building maintenance by up to 30%, especially in large sites such as industrial zones, office parks, shopping malls and airports.
By 2018, smart homes will make up over one billion connected "things", Gartner predicts, as smart homes record the highest increase over the next five years to grow from the current 21 percent share in 2016.
Smart commercial buildings will be responsible for nearly a third (32 per cent) of the total market next year on the back of growing sales of commercial security cameras, webcams and indoor LEDs.
IoT deployment in commercial buildings will reach just over 1 billion in 2018. The U.K.'s building information modelling (BIM) mandate requires that all public sector construction commencing in 2016 complies with BIM (level 2).
BIM uses data models from various information sources including IoT, which will be used by commercial real estate in the future, Gartner said.
On the smart home front, she says consumer IoT applications, such as smart TVs, smart set-top boxes, smart bulbs and various home automation tools such as smart thermostats, home security systems and kitchen appliances are fueling growth.
Tratz-Ryan continued: "Devices and wireless standards will be embedded in more devices. Homes will move from being interconnected to information- and smart-enabled - an integrated services environment that will provide value to the home and the individual ambiance", Tratz-Ryan adds.
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