In 2016 80 million smart home devices were delivered worldwide and in 2017, the number will be 130 million, according to IHS Markit.
The market is poised for take off as many barriers, including device prices and network readiness drop and consumers become more aware of what smart home solutions can do for them. The availability of new narrowband LTE networks and LTE-enabled smart home solutions is a major contributor to the growth of this market. Smart home applications include smart thermostats and smoke detectors, smart locks, video doorbells, and alarm panels. Currently, the top in-demand application in the smart home is alarm panels for security and remote monitoring.
Alarm Panel Use Case
Home security solutions provider
A security system provider wants to offer its customers a security control, intrusion detection, and alarm system with the highest level of security and reliability and one that is scalable and configurable to accommodate smart home customers in a large metropolitan area. The company also wants its alarm system sensors to be battery powered, not only to provide backup power in case of an outage, but also to extend security protection to those assets, such as outbuildings or boats, on the homeowner’s property that may not be connected to the home’s electrical system. The provider also wants his system to support voice capability for emergency calling.
Network reliability is a top priority for connecting smart home security systems to the wide area network and LTE delivers it better than any other LPWA technology. Alarm panel sensor devices powered by Sequans’ Monarch LTE-M narrowband chip extend this reliability to the system’s sensor devices, along with ultra long battery life and a secure bi-directional LTE connection with deep indoor coverage capabilities. Backed by 3GPP standards that continually maintain network reliability, scalability, and longevity, LTE enables the smart home alarm system provider to offer asset protection to home and business customers anywhere. Monarch ensures that smart home alarm sensors perform with the highest reliability possible, and with ultra efficient low power consumption, allowing sensor batteries to last for up to a decade before needing replacement. Monarch also enables smart home devices to have voice capability as needed to make emergency calls, something no other LPWA solution can offer.
A Monarch-based LTE smart home device with its secure bi-directional communications capability, ensures that the home security solutions provider can give excellent customer support at all times and can easily add new features and capabilities via over-the-air software upgrades.