Navigant: Wireless charging in smart homes expected to have more impact than no wires

Friday May 10, 2019 0 comments Tags: Boulder, Navigant Research, Paige Leuschner, smart homes

BOULDER -- Longer-range wireless charging could have a significant impact on the smart home market beyond reducing the need for electric wires, according to a new report from Navigant Research.

Wireless charging has recently gained greater traction due to the commitment of smartphone manufacturers to support wireless charging through mats, and as advanced wireless charging technologies that enable longer ranges and increased mobility emerge.NavigantNEWlogoUSE

Wireless charging in the smart home can affect the adoption of new sensors to increase awareness about what is going on in the home, ease installation for new do-it-yourself solutions, mitigate energy efficiency issues around standby power, and help impaired consumers more easily keep devices charged.

The new Navigant report analyzes the use of wireless charging in smart homes and provides recommendations for unlocking the potential of the technology.

“Wireless charging has the potential to become as ubiquitous as Wi-Fi,” said Paige Leuschner, Navigant senior research analyst.

“Navigant Research expects a strong future for wireless charging in the smart home, but regulations, health and safety, consumer sentiment, and technology development will be crucial as wireless charging expands to gain and keep popularity.”

To encourage market growth, according to the report, technology vendors must continue pushing technology forward and deliver on promises, while device manufacturers need strong strategies that address the emergence of wireless charging technologies.

Regulators must develop specific wireless charging requirements, ensuring health and safety, and standards associations need to converge on one protocol to promote interoperability in the home.

The report, The Smart Home as a Test Bed for the Wireless Charging Industry, analyzes the use of wireless charging in smart homes. The study provides an analysis of the market issues, including regulatory approval, infrastructure, consumer concerns, and cost and flexibility.

Various wireless charging standards and other market obstacles are discussed. The report provides recommendations for unlocking the potential of this technology.

An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.