OCF Survey Shows Smart Home Growth, Recognizes Challenges

The Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), an Internet of Things (IoT) standards foundation, has concluded a survey taken at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, which surveyed 250 respondents at the show to gauge the growth and challenges surrounding connected devices.

According to the survey, more than 60% of respondents consider standardization and interoperability when it comes to purchasing connected devices, cyber security concerns and overall technological innovation.

“These survey results are a clear indicator that the issue of interoperability has come to the forefront of consumer concerns when it comes to IoT,” said Joonho Park, executive director of OCF. “With a unifying standard in place, which provides a consistent standard of security, privacy and device definitions, we can defragment the market to ensure the future entails a world where all devices, despite vendor, can communicate with one another and the Internet of Things can reach its full potential.”

Key findings from the survey showed IoT industry growth with 67% of respondents stating they own three or more connected devices, 80% plan to buy a connected device in the next six months and 54% prefer devices and appliances that connect to the Internet.

The survey also found that 63% of respondents consider their home device’s ability to interoperate and communicate seamlessly to be very important. And 37% of respondents said lack of interoperability is the biggest limiting factor to universal adoption of connected devices, while 25% named security and privacy concerns.

In addition, 73% of respondents said industry standards are very important to technology innovation while 60% of respondents said they would be much more likely to purchase connected devices if there was a security certification.