The Connected Home's Next Wave Showed Home Revolution to Get More Personal

The Connected Home's Next Wave Showed Home Revolution to Get More Personal

Entertainment defined the first wave of the connected home revolution: Adoption of internet-ready TVs also drove mainstream acceptance of connected gaming consoles in 49 percent of homes, streaming devices in 34 percent, and smart sound systems or home theaters in 26 percent.

FREMONT, CA: The connected home is expanding deeper into consumers’ lives because of a new breed of early adopters, as per a new report from cybersecurity provider F-Secure. While smart TVs and other entertainment devices drove the first wave of the smart home revolution, voice-activated home automation devices are becoming popular among tech-savvy parents using internet-connected technologies to modernize their homes.

The report, The Connected Home’s Next Wave, depicts a picture of a maturing smart home market across the world on the basis of survey data from 11 different countries.

Some of the report’s key findings include:

• Smart TVs are the connected home’s “killer app”: A full two-thirds of homes, 67 percent, now have a TV that is connected to the internet.

• Entertainment defined the first wave of the connected home revolution: Adoption of internet-ready TVs also drove mainstream acceptance of connected gaming consoles in 49 percent of homes, streaming devices in 34 percent, and smart sound systems or home theaters in 26 percent.

• Smart speakers lead the next connected home wave: Mass market voice-activated devices, such as the Amazon Echo, didn’t exist six years ago. Now they’re in 30 percent of homes.

• Consumers want connected devices to play an increasing role in their lives: Functional devices, such as smart locks, home automation, and security systems, are the only devices where a larger percentage of consumers plan to buy than currently own them.

• Early adopters drive mainstream adoption: These self-appointed tech authorities own smart TVs, 81 percent, and internet streaming devices, 47 percent. They also already have voice assistants, 49 percent, home monitoring devices, 26 percent, and smart wearables, 47 percent.

• The customers most excited about the connected home worry most about the risks: 60 percent worry about smart home devices being hacked. That rises to 75 percent for early adopters.

“Early adopters — and the consumers who follow them — want to seize the benefits of automating their homes with connected devices, yet they don’t want to sell out their own security and privacy to do it,” stated Kristian Järnefelt, Executive Vice President, Consumer Security at F-Secure.

“Consumers need help securing their connected homes. Having a secure home network where all the devices are protected through one app is about more than peace of mind. It’s about using time effectively and having the freedom to try out new devices without constantly having to calculate the risks,” Järnefelt added.

F-Secure has also been featured as one of the 20 Most Promising Enterprise Security Solution Providers for the year 2019.

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