DSP Group, a provider of chipsets for voice activation and connectivity solution based on ULE for IoT , believes that in the future, smart home standards will be dominated not only by global brands, but also telecom operators.
While big names like Apple, Google and Amazon have all rolled out smart home platforms, such as HomeKit and Alexa, telecom operators also want a piece of the pie.
Operators do have an edge in the field. They have a large number of subscribers that are used to purchase services from them, and therefore, expansion into the smart home business is a natural step. In addition, many subscribers already own a potential IoT hub, as more than 50 million home gateways are already installed worldwide with the DECT chipset embedded inside. Operators can simply upgrade the software running on the DECT chipset to turn gateways into home control centers.
Regarding DSP Group’s target market, while Western countries have a larger smart home adopter population, the company is not ruling out the Asian market including Taiwan. In fact, DSP Group is trying to connect with local operators to explore opportunities to implement home automation.
DSP Group has a huge presence in the DECT phone & gateway markets and the VoIP market. It also has a growing presence in the IoT and voice activation sectors. The company has been working closely with Taiwanese companies across all product segments.
Tali Chen, DSP Group’s CVP of Corporate Development, said Taiwanese original design manufacturers have strong innovation and technical capabilities, allowing DSP Group to leverage its technology and facilitate broader implementation.
Fast response and turnaround from the manufacturers, according to Chen, is another advantage of working with Taiwanese partners. “Together we can move really fast.” DSP Group wants to find more partners and it is a main reason for coming to SMAHome Expo 2017, Chen said.
It is the first time that DSP Group comes to the exhibition, and Chen said she expects repeat participation in the years to come. The show is very focused and relevant. “It’s not very big, but it’s good in our perspective, because then we are not talking to irrelevant visitors,” Chen said, adding that “We truly believe we’ll find long-term partners here.”
In regards to the prospect of smart home, Chen remains upbeat. “From my perspective, I see a lot of opportunities in the smart home market. All the ones exhibiting here, including me, talk about very big numbers, and I think there is a lot of potential.”
Chen pointed out, however, that there are still uncertainties, like who will be the right partner to work with and there are also many standards. It not very clear if there will be one standard, multiple standards, or interoperability between different standards, she said
However, all these questions will be answered in the near term, Chen said. The reason is that consumers are starting to see the benefit of smart home and adoption is growing at a rapid pace. For example, there has been a huge increase in the adoption of Amazon Echo. “People really want to adopt such solutions,” Chen noted.