31 May '17, 9am

Safety concerns overshadow energy-slashing potential of smart homes

Because commercial and residential buildings account for nearly 40 percent of energy used (and CO2 emissions), there appears to be ample opportunity for a positive environmental impact. But like many others, I’ve noticed connected homes have not taken off as advertised. McKinsey has projected an optimistic growth rate , but sales of new devices for connected homes have been considerably slower. A recent Gartner study finds that only 10 percent of households in the U.S., U.K. and Australia have connected solutions. It notes that part of the problem is that messaging doesn’t focus on the real value proposition: how the devices in a connected home can help solve daily tasks. And while that is true, it doesn’t address what I still see as the major barrier for connected home device adoption: security. There are reports of hacking "smart" or connected homes dating back at least ...

Full article: https://www.greenbiz.com/article/safety-concerns-overshad...

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