Integration is essential
A smart home needs three components to materialize: eyes and ears, a brain, and limbs. The eyes and ears are cameras and sensors that collect data; the brain is software that analyzes that data; the limbs are devices like door locks and lights that follow’s the brain’s orders to perform actions that are meaningful to end-users.
Chang has had a front-row seat in the evolution of security and home automation. She knows that integration is the key to taking home automation to the masses. While security and IT were traditionally two different industries, they have been bridged by smartphones and apps, which have significantly simplified integration for manufacturers, software developers and consumers. Chang has seen business trends beginning to favor integration. As the borderline between security, monitoring and automation blurs, the ubiquity of smartphones and the rise of the app economy has accelerated the development of smart home solutions.
Ten years ago, Everspring founded World Trend Security, a security service provide r. According to Chang, this has allowed the company to gain a deep understanding of customer needs, while also improving its R&D department to develop products that focus on solving real-world problems for consumers. Last April, Everspring launched the second generation smart home solution–U-Home2. Based on SIP structure and fiber optic network, it integrates access control, door phone, security services, lighting and other smart home functions via just one power line and one Ethernet cable.
From the device maker to a smart home solution provider, one challenge of the transition is integrating individual products into an open solution. Everspring develops IP-based solutions to open up infinite applications and possibilities. _Taking advantage of this requires a significant change in mindset, but this is improving rapidly as younger generations enter the workforce,î noted Chang.
During 2012 and 2013, Everspring observed and experimented extensively in the smart home market. _The time is right for bigger moves. In 2013, our smart home business accounted for 25% of our total revenue. By 2014 that will grow to at least 35%; by 2015, we think more than half of our revenue will come from smart home related businesses,_ Chang said.