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This report examines the main smart home protocols, looking at the relative strengths of each and seeing how they fit into the overall smart home ecosystem.


  • The development of the smart home has been driven in the past few years by the launch of individual devices from start-ups working independently to solve a specific problem and to target specific demographics and use cases.

Features and Benefits

  • Analyzes the relative strengths and weaknesses of the most common smart home technologies and their most common uses.
  • Learn how the question of interoperability among devices and protocols is evolving as tech firms like Amazon and Google enter the smart home.

Key questions answered

  • What are the benefits of the main smart home wireless protocols?
  • How will the growth of the smart home market affect interoperability and connectivity?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view
  • Recommendations

Market status

  • The worldwide smart home device market

Market dynamics

  • Defining the key protocols used in the smart home
  • Virtualizing the smart home hub with apps and platforms
  • Service providers influence tech adoption via own distribution


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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