1. Smart-home technology must work harder to create smarter consumers

    Attendees of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year were confronted with a head-spinning volume of smart-home devices. Really smart companies and entrepreneurs have built impressive pieces of the smart-home puzzle, but these pieces have not been connected yet in a way that has, to date, empowered a smarter consumer. To close the gap between availability and adoption, all stakeholders in the smart-home ecosystem — device manufacturers, technology providers, utilities, integrators and interoperability standards bodies — must expand the focus from creating a smart home to empowering a smarter consumer through actionable data. This can be achieved through several strategies.

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