- Security - Hub, camera, contact and motion sensors
- Lighting - Philips Hue
- Healthcare - Blood pressure monitor, glucometer and pulse oximeter linked to a remote database
So besides the various small startups that have already been around for some time, the trend that we are now seeing is for the big players in the ISP and property development markets to start making inroads into home automation. I trust that it wouldn't take long for Singtel, Starhub, and Capitaland to start making their own announcements for their own home automation programs.
Looking at M1-Keppel Land's feature set, it does actually look quite comprehensive. Security and lighting are mainstay features of home automation, though they do not elaborate on what is the platform used for their hub and devices. Their third focus on healthcare is the interesting one though.
Blood pressure, blood glucose and oxygen levels are all very important markers when the patient is suffering from that respective condition. The practicality and usability of the features is the critical factor in determining how useful these components would be. Assuming that the patient regularly uses the static device, and that their readings are reliably transferred to the healthcare provider's database system, it then hinges on what the healthcare does with the data. What is the SLA for the healthcare provider to monitor these readings? And at what point is manual intervention required from the healthcare provider? If the patient knows what is the unhealthy ranges for each device, why does he even need to send these readings to an expensive external provider when he can act upon the readings himself?
I googled around, and a self-help solution like iHealth devices might be the cheaper and more sustainable solution. It would be possible to link up these iHealth devices to an open hub like Smartthings and then trigger alerts, actions, or reports. Though this would take some technical expertise beyond the average consumer.
The open market price range quoted in the press release is $2500 for the first 2 categories, and $120 per device for the healthcare category. The initial 30 pilot participants do not have to pay for a year, which demonstrates how the big companies are able to muscle in to this market, and promote adoption by removing the initial barrier of entry.
Interesting move by them nonetheless, and kudos for bringing in healthcare to home IoT!
Link to AsiaOne article here.