How Many Connected Products Until Your Home Is Smart?

Published by Tom Foster August 23, 2016

We keep hearing that Internet-connected products are on the rise. In fact, by 2020 Gartner predicts there’ll be 20 to 50 per home in the US. EMC forecasts there will be 30 billion devices online worldwide by 2020—that’s a lot more devices than people.

Those figures might sound like an unrealistic increase over the next four years compared to the number of connected products in your home right now, but you may already have more connected products than you realize.

Aside from the obvious connected devices in your home—those with browsers that surf the web like your computer, smartphone, or tablet— many US households also have other common connected devices such as televisions, printers, e-book readers, speakers, and wearable fitness devices.

Then, there’s the less apparent products that perhaps you didn’t even know are connected to the Internet, like your thermostat, door locks, garage door, smoke alarm, or sprinkler system. Before long, most electronic products will be Internet-connected—appliances, light bulbs, power outlets, clocks…everything.

According to Strategy Analytics, 88% of consumer electronics shipped in 2015 were Internet-connected. And this percentage is rising fast. That means that when you buy a new stove, washing machine, or even a toaster, it will come pre-wired to login.

Someday sooner than you might think, you could be dimming your light bulbs with an app on your phone, or your child will be receiving email from the grandparents on her teddy bear.

These connected products are poised to bring enormous benefits to consumers: sprinkler systems save water by knowing when it’s going to rain, washing machines save time by texting when clothes are ready, and smart thermostats save money by cutting down on electricity use, as just a few examples.

But how do all of these connected products actually connect to the Internet?

As anyone who’s ever connected a new product to the Internet knows, that setup process often entails multiple confusing steps and cryptic passwords, and in more than 20% of cases, consumers failing to connect their “smart” products to the Internet at all. In addition, connected devices are more vulnerable to security breaches—with access to private information potentially available through smart products.

With today’s approach to getting connected products connected, the increased volume of these products in people’s homes will mean a drastic increase in calls for tech support. People will spend hours getting everything connected, and will constantly be managing their networks to keep things connected.

At Cirrent, we don’t think you should have to be an IT manager to get your connected products online. We’ve partnered with Internet providers to make it easy for one click to connect any device automatically and securely.

The “smart home of the future” is no longer futuristic. Within a few years, nearly every electronic product that you use will be connected to the Internet. And with Cirrent, those connected products can easily to do what they’re designed to do: connect.

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