CE Week Panel Looks to the Future of HomeKit
Apple’s HomeKit ecosystem is finally here, and on Wednesday at CE Week, three manufacturers of HomeKit products came together on a panel to discuss the issues facing the burgeoning category.
What are those issues? Security. Data and the proper use of it. The question of overall standards. And, like most things in technology these days, the possibility of a sector-wide war between Apple and Google.
On the panel were iDevices CEO Chris Allen, Schlage Locks futurist and director of connectivity programs Rob Martens, Chamberlain Group Leader, Development and Global Strategy Cory Sorice, executives representing three of the first HomeKit manufacturers. Rounding out the panel was Ben Arnold, NPD Group’s analyst, along with moderator Jeremy Kaplan of Digital Trends.
Allen stated that HomeKit, unlike most tech solutions, does not require the purchase of any particular product.
“It’s actually software integrated into operating system,” Allen said. “there is no device that you put in their home, there’s nothing that you have to buy other than an iPhone or iPad. The ease of setup is the beauty of it, along with the Siri control and other functionalities.”
“The idea of making it easier for manufacturers like us to have products that work together I think is part of the vision that’s coming down the road,” Sorice said.
“I think we’re all looking for a more holistic experience. With the entry of Apple into the place… we’re only going to tap more into what that holistic experience like,” Martens said.
He added that security and data usage are a concern in the space.
“Those of us who have been doing this for a long time understand this concern, and it’s part of our core value system,” Martens said.
See some highlights of the panel here: