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By the Numbers: Latest Trends in Home Automation Standards

Learn more about home automation standards, from the number of devices to be connected under IoT (it's in the trillions) to competing wireless and powerline protocols to information on potential clients.

CE Pro Editors · November 9, 2015

This month, the CE Pro editors took a comprehensive look at the current trends in home automation standards. Find out more about competing wireless and powerline protocols, the impact of IoT and more.


The Impact of IoT

340 Undecillion (or 340 trillion trillion trillion): The number of devices that will eventually be connected under the banner of the Internet of Things (IoT), according to CEA.

13%: Percentage of U.S. broadband households that currently have IoT devices.


The Rundown on Protocols

24: Number of competing wireless/powerline protocols (at least), including Dali, Echelon, Ethernet, KNX, Mbus, Modbus, X-10, Insteon, LTE/UMTS/CDMA, Weightless-N/W/P, 802.11/Wi-Fi, 802.15.4, 6LoWPAN, Thread, ZigBee, Z-Wave, LoRaWAN, EnOcean, ANT/ANT+, Bluetooth, Bluetooth LE, NFC, DASH7 and RFID.

802.15.4: The wireless protocol being used by the new Google/Nest Weave platform to communicate between the company’s thermostats, smoke detectors and video surveillance cameras.


Understand Potential Clients

32%: Percentage of U.S. broadband households living in homes that are 3,000 square feet or more that have at least one “smart device,” including communicating thermostats, light bulbs, or cameras, according to Parks Associates.

$158,520: Median combined household income for a U.S. household planning to hire a CE pro to install home technologies, according to CE Pro/Electronic House study.

$147,756: Median combined household income for a U.S. household planning to install home technologies on their own as a DIYer, according to CE Pro/Electronic House study.

6th: Ranking of custom integrators (“service contractors”) by consumers in terms of which type of contractor they “trust” the most to buy smart home products from, according to Parks Associates.

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