Edge computing and edge processing are key to the future of Smart Home, but realizing the full
potential of the opportunity means optimizing a range of technologies and garnering support across
a remarkably broad ecosystem. In this episode of the Smarter World Podcast, guest host Jonathan
Collins, research director for Smart Home and Smart Health Coverage at ABI Research, discusses the
topic with Tom Pannell, senior marketing director at NXP and Karl Jonsson, senior director of
product management for Smart Home at Belkin.
From temperature sensors inside refrigerators to rechargeable fitness trackers and interactive
thermostats with sophisticated human-machine interfaces, the smart home category needs a very,
very wide range of hardware and software capabilities.
The challenge for companies like NXP and Belkin is to provide the right mix of technologies –
processing, power management, connectivity, memory, firmware, software – in a way that’s both easy
for developers to work with and easy for consumers to enjoy.
Similar to the self-driving car, we need the self-driving home. When we don’t have to worry
about interoperability, we can focus on the future. You know a product is going to work with
your ecosystem, no matter what.
Karl Jonsson, Belkin
Depending on a number of factors, this evolves with the expansion of edge capabilities and the ongoing addition of more wireless
connectivity, higher levels of automation, deeper intelligence and a broader range of features. In the end, though, it comes down to knowing how best to deliver
effective functionality and a consistently positive user experience.
What’s happening now is a big change. Players across the spectrum, from device manufacturers to
system providers, are using industry standards like Matter to remove silos and work together
toward a common goal, creating an era . That’s creating an era where companies can work more efficiently and truly
We’re talking about a really wide range of technologies. Industry standards are foundational to
what we do. Matter is really taking hold because there’s such commitment. It’s never been driven
so hard by so many players. This is the difference.
Tom Pannell, NXP
Listen to the full podcast, Expanding the Edge with Connectivity, Interoperability and Integration, with guest host
Jonathan Collins, research director for Smart Home and Smart Health Coverage at ABI Research, Tom
Pannell, senior marketing director for wireless at NXP and Carl Jansen, senior director of
product management for smart home at Belkin.
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