Six Things: February 22nd, 2022

Smart Homes are Finally Getting Smarter. Plus, the power of low-code platforms; a new paradigm for sourcing capacity; and more.

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Smart Homes Are Finally Getting Smarter

Paul Carroll, Editor-in-Chief of ITL

Despite all the hype for smart homes, I've remained a skeptic for the 30 years or so since I first heard about the concept, partly because there wasn't a standard way for all the disparate devices to talk to each other. There wasn't a sort of operating system for the house, and a bunch of one-off devices weren't going to provide enough benefit. 

Well, three of the biggest guns in the tech world -- Apple, Google and Amazon -- just announced a new standard for communication that will be available later this year. The standard, called Matter, will let just about all new smart home devices, and even many old ones, talk to each other. 

Progress will still take time, and I remain to be convinced that many of the long-touted "benefits" of the smart home -- an internet-connected toaster or the ability to turn lights on and off remotely, for instance -- actually offer anything of value, but at least there will finally be a communication platform that will let companies, including insurers, tie all the benefits together and look for synergies.

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