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JUL 2018

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Page 8 of 30 July 2018 SEC u RIT y S y STEMS NEWS Security Stat S 2 By Spencer Ives LONDON—ABI Research recent- ly published "The Emerging Role for Smart Homes in the Smart City," a report that examines areas of overlap between smart homes and smart cities and the potential for interaction between the two. "We are seeing more interest in both these markets and … the interaction between them is start- ing to expand," Jonathan Col- lins, research director for ABI and author of the report, told Security Systems News. "We're talking about … where the data feed from a con- nected home or a smart home can then be leveraged by a wider sys- tem." According to Collins, "By 2022 a global install base of nearly 300 million smart homes will put smart home providers in the position to provide a ready data source for smart city applications. Current smart city projects typically address applications including transporta- tion, healthcare provision, envi- ronmental management and more. Increasingly, smart home providers are showing they can deliver simi- lar functionality by adding addi- tional application capabilities for their smart home customer base." He added, "By 2022, ABI Research forecasts that nearly half (125 million) of those homes will be integrated into some smart city program." The U.S. will be between 40 and 45 percent of that world- wide install base by 2022, he said. Collins pointed to energy man- agement as an example; it is a driver for the smart home market and utilities could benefit from data gathered on energy consumption to better structure themselves. Smart home companies are delivering this information as opposed to utili- ties being involved in the market directly, he noted. For this report, ABI looked at six areas where the smart home and the smart city overlap. Energy man- agement was one, electric vehicle charging stations and microgrids was another—"It's not just man- aging how energy is consumed, but it's also how energy is, in fact, generated and passed around," Col- lins said. Smart grids, with connected thermostats providing data to utili- ties, is the biggest area of overlap between smart homes and smart cities currently, according to Col- lins. "We looked at video surveillance, another area of smart city invest- ment," he continued. "Increasingly, there are video cameras going into smart home set ups or home secu- rity set ups and that's a rich data feed that could eventually feed into smart city applications." Companies like Vivint and Ring are enabling smart home camera feeds to be shared among a com- munity, Collins noted, adding that camera coverage of an area pre- viously was only thought of as a smart city concept. "Now these cameras can actually provide a base to either fill out that coverage or be used as a resource, either between users in real time or perhaps as a way of gathering evidence after an event," he said. Smart parking was another topic for the report. "Traffic management is obviously another key part of smart city projects. Just as you've seen the rise of Airbnb impacting the hotel industry, so there's that potential for crowdsourced parking to play a role in traffic management and parking management within a city." ABI also looked into home health care monitoring. "Health care is an issue that affects smart city programs. It certainly affects the expenditure within a region or a state or a city, and that's another area where there is that link to smart home capabilities [that] can be leveraged," Collins said. The report also covered smart bins and environmental sensors, Collins noted. Of the areas covered in the report, smart health care monitor- ing is poised to be the next largest connection between smart homes and smart cities—after smart grids, Collins said. What are some factors helping to ABI Research connects the smart home with the smart city ABI see page 22

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