We’re entering a new era of connected products for the home, with Parks Associates estimating that by 2020, 50% of U.S. broadband households will have at least one smart home device. While more products in the home are becoming “smart” – from light bulbs, thermostats, door locks to washing machines – getting these devices to communicate is a formidable challenge that hinders the connected home’s widespread adoption.
This session, presented by Chris Boross, president of the Thread Group and technical product marketing manager at Nest, will outline these obstacles, as well as what’s needed to achieve interoperability and a seamless connected home experience. He will also discuss the industry as a whole, including the alliances and consortiums and the established protocols and standards that have emerged.
Some of the challenges that Chris will discuss include:
Should these difficulties be overcome, the opportunity for connected home technologies and products becomes that much greater.
Chris will also discuss the key players in the connected home space, including Apple’s HomeKit, Samsung’s SmartThings, and the Thread Group. How do they challenge each other and how will they work together? Will they be able to establish and launch a dominant standard for interoperability in the home?
During this session, Chris will address all the issues above, plus any questions that the session participants may have.
Chris Boross is president of the Thread Group. He is also technical product marketing manager at Nest, overseeing technology partnerships and wireless networking technologies.
Previously, Chris was a senior product marketing manager at Broadcom, leading the company’s wireless networking, smartphone, and consumer products efforts in both the US and the UK. At Broadcom he managed business negotiations, launches, and product marketing for major consumer electronics manufacturers; and worked on a number of electronics standards including audio/video codecs, multimedia technologies, and wireless standards like 4G, 802.11 and Bluetooth.
Before that Chris was a marketing engineer at Alphamosaic, a semiconductor startup that provided low-power processors to consumer electronic manufacturers. Alphamosaic was purchased by Broadcom in 2004.
In his earlier career, Chris also held product management and developer positions for a number of technology companies.
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