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4/4/2014 - Embracing a world of 'Internet of Everything'


Many Americans expect homes to become more equipped with smart technology, or interfaces that allow consumers to access the Internet through devices like televisions, DVD players, home security systems and thermostats.

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.

Consumers can protect their internet-based technology through a reliable homeowners insurance policy. These plans can help provide the protection needed for high-priced appliances and devices often at risk for theft or damage.


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