4/4/2014 - Embracing a world of 'Internet of Everything'
While at one time wireless internet access was typically confined to a handful of technologies, consumers are now ready to incorporate more internet-enabled devices into their everyday lives, according to new polling data from nonprofit industry association Wi-Fi Alliance.
The poll, which was performed by Wakefield Research on behalf of the wireless fidelity and technology trade association, revealed that among 1,000 respondents, approximately three-quarters said that they expect homes to become more frequently equipped with so-called "Smart" technology, or interfaces that allow consumers to access the internet through devices like televisions, DVD players, home security systems and thermostats. Additionally, more than 90% said that this transition would be a good thing by making basic tasks easier to perform.
Phil Solis, director of ABI Research, which is a market intelligence firm, indicated that Smart technology isn't going away anytime soon - and can already be found outside the home, such as in the car.
"There is no question that Wi-Fi will be a major connection for smart home and automotive applications," said Solis. "Wi-Fi has a massive installed base of more than four billion products and is expected to surpass ten billion in 2018, and a legacy of interoperability which will ensure it will play a strong role in the Internet of Everything."
Wireless internet access is widespread in the U.S. According to telecommunications trade group The Wireless Association, nearly 90% of the U.S. population has a mobile broadband subscription, versus just 62% of countries that represent the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
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