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Communication & Networks

Smart homes and smart phones – it all depends on the network

It all depends on the network: Network and centrally monitor private and commercial equipment pools.

16 Feb. 2015

According to the latest market forecast by the consulting firm Deloitte, there will be more than a million intelligent and networked households by 2020. The study assumes that the number of smart homes will triple in the next five years. To achieve this, it is crucial to expand broadband networks.

eQ-3 AG is ahead of the pack in this emerging mass market with its product line HomeMatic. Market researchers from Berg Insight acknowledge that this company, which is located in Leer, has a market share of 26 percent in relation to installed base stations for home control systems. According to eQ-3, HomeMatic provides "a practical smart home solution for almost all domestic situations." Users can control the system through PC software or smartphone apps.

eQ-3 is one of the key players at Communication & Networks at the next CeBIT. "In 2015 the topics smart home and internet of everything will remain cornerstones of the CeBIT program," explains Bernd Grohmann, Managing Director, eQ-3 AG. "Smart home technology in particular will most likely provide the ITC trade with largest rate of growth for the next few years." Grohmann believes CeBIT to be "the platform that will bring the smart home and the ITC industry closer together."

Another trend demonstrates that private equipment pools and professional communication can no longer be easily separated. In the past years, mobile devices have ceased to be a private matter. Over half of all employees use private tablets and smart phones for their work, according to a study carried out by the International Data Corporation (IDC). For this reason the number of businesses that make mobile devices available to their employees is on the rise.

In addition to smart homes, unified communications & collaboration, IP technology, M2M communication and broadband solutions are the focus of the Communications & Networks areas in 2015. Major industry players will showcase innovative solutions for professional communication in Hall 13. Connectivity, cloud computing, network technology, wireless communication, network & communication services and mobile devices are additional buzzwords along with telematics & automotive, M2M technology, traditional telephony and SIP.