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are pay-as-you-go models. Utility

companies are driving bundled

services packages, by bringing together

connected home products

with new green energy tariffs. For

example, a German utility provider

has launched a new combined offering,

giving a smart home base unit to

customers for the contract period of

their electricity and gas tariffs to incentivize


Loyalty-based models have also seen

significant uptake, where consumers

are provided with the latest connected

home thermostats to significantly

reduce customer churn. In other

cases, insurance companies are partnering

with third-party, smart home

manufacturers of security products

to extend their reach and user base.

connected car. As the number of hybrid

and fully electric vehicles (EVs)

on the roads increases, the number of

traditionally powered vehicles containing

onboard data connections

will continue to skyrocket. Initially,

these connections were used for

telematics and diagnostic purposes,

then for location and tracking-style

applications, and only recently for

Car owners

will be able to seamlessly

control their

smart home via their

car’s infotainment

system, activating

or turning off preset

scenarios on their

way home.

non-core motoring functions. It was

announced at CES 2018 that Amazon

Alexa will be embedded into Toyota

and Lexus cars later this year.

Deutsche Telekom has partnered

with Volkswagen and its Car-Net App

Connect to enable owners to seamlessly

control their Magenta Smart-

Home via their car’s infotainment

system. Using the control panel, the

driver can activate or turn off preset

scenarios while driving. For example,

a scenario called Coming Home

could be created so that the garage

door opens and lights in the driveway

and house entrance turn on

when the vehicle returns home.

The changes that fully connected

smart cars can bring to our homes

and cities are significant. Electric

charge points are springing up

across towns and cities already

and design changes in new homes

have been made to accommodate

charging stations. The expectation

that home devices will be able to

interface with the connected car is

a genie that will not go back in the

box. Whether future changes will be

shaped more by environmental protection

regulations or by consumers

themselves is perhaps a moot

Connectivity and

Interoperability Are Key

While current business models are

forced to work alongside a range of

technical limitations, the diversity of

business models will free up as these

are lifted and will increase. As the

story of the connected home began

with connectivity and interoperability,

this will prove to be the future of

the sector as well.

One area closely related to the connected

home that has seen enormous

expansion clusters around the


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