This newsletter seeks to bring together news on the strengths, opportunities and threats that the ‘Connected Home’ is facing from across the spectrum of areas that are molding the market. The newsletter will highlight developments in the building, energy, health, technology, security and financial sectors, as well as other areas which have a role to play in the development of the market. We will also aim to keep you informed of political, standard, and product developments that affect this marketplace.Using this monitoring service, techUK will also aim to identify and work with you on an ad hoc basis on pertinent issues for the Connected Home. The goal is to keep your strategic and business planning teams informed of this emerging market and help facilitate cross industry collaboration to help accelerate the market’s development where appropriate.We would encourage feedback on the newsletter, indicating what kind of news you would like to see more or less from. As well as your thoughts on activities we could take from these news stories, such as workshops, positions papers, roundtables, etc.For comments and further information please contact Xander Fare of techUK on Xander.Fare@techUK.org / 0207 331 2178.ConsultationsThe Department of Energy and Climate Change has opened a consultation to consider the existing regulatory framework regarding the provision of the Home Area Network (HAN) and whether any additional requirements are needed to ensure that the HAN is provided in all property types. As access to the HAN is of paramount importance for connected home devices, this consultation could be an opportunity for the industry to put forward their views on how it should be shaped.To view the full consultation, click here and if you feel techUK should make a response, please get in contact with me as soon as possible with your input. The consultation closes on the 22nd of May 2014.- The BSI has recently released the latest draft of PAS 182, Smart city concept model – Guide to establishing a model for data interoperability. To download, review and comment on the draft, go to http://drafts.bsigroup.com/Home/Details/52864 and register for free online (new users) and log in. The closing date for the consultation is Friday 16 May 2014. Please note that only comments submitted electronically through the online Draft Review System by the date given will be accepted.StrengthsWe identify strengths as new developments that are helping accelerate the development of the Connected Home market such as government funding or strategies, standards development or cross industry work.- Google buy Nest - In a deal signalling the strength of the IoT market and the home based smart devices market, Google bought Nest Labs in a $3.2bn deal, the second largest in Google’s history. Nest’s main product is a thermostat that learns how its users behave; it also has a Nest Protect smoke alarm which includes internet connectivity.According to industry commentators, it is unclear what this deal will mean for those looking at developing a truly interoperable connected home market. This is because it is unclear as to whether the new Google owned Nest will be deploying closed products that are only able to communicate with other Google or Nest owned devices, or whether it will use an open framework which would help bring more interoperable connected home devices to the market.More information about this can be found on www.greentechmedia.com hereSamsung Smart Home service launched - In another story highlighting the predicament of signs of a growing smart home device market on one side, but uncertainty around whether this will lead to a strong interoperable connected home market on the other, Samsung have launched their own smart home platform provider. The Samsung Smart Home service enables smart TVs, home appliances and smart phones to be connected and managed through a single integrated platform and server. As part of this, Samsung has developed a Smart Home software protocol (SHP) to enable connectivity between all Samsung Smart Home products and those from other device and appliance manufacturers.The platform has recently been launched and will first be made available in Korea, followed by the US, with other countries to follow. More information about this can be found on v-net.tv here and cnet.com here- Growth forecasted for smart buildings market - IDC Energy Insights have released a new report, Global Smart Buildings Forecast 2013-2018 which presents the state of the smart building market, drivers for technology adoption, and the business value generated by developing smart buildings. The report forecasts project spending to grow from $7.3 billion in 2014 to $21.9 billion in 2018, representing a 28.4% compound annual growth rate (CAGR). For more information about this report, click here.- Smart grid scenarios - On the 21st of January 2014 techUK invited Dr Nazmiye Ozkan to brief members on a piece of research she had undertaken looking at smart gridscenarios entitled “Scenarios for the Development of Smart Grids in the UK”. Dr Ozkan outlined the findings of her project which examined the various factors which might lead to different smart grid functionalities and capabilities across the UK as it develops. Including in this is the impact that an engaged consumer base with an active connected home market would have. If you are a techUK member you can view the presentation from this workshop and find out more about the full report here.- Smart metering update - Activity in the smart metering area is ramming up throughout this year as the start of the mass rollout in 2015 draws closer. In light of the rollout closing in, DECC have released their Smart Metering Summary Plan and their Second Annual Report on the Roll-out of Smart Meters which provides an explanation of smart metering and its benefits. The annual report describes the work that is being undertaken by the Government, energy suppliers and other stakeholders during the Foundation Stage of the roll-out and in particular the progress that has been made during 2013, to prepare for the period between Autumn 2015 and 2020 when most consumers will receive smart meters.In addition, the Data Communications Company (the organisation responsible for running the backlog infrastructure for smart metering including the communications hub devices which may prove to be a key means of strengthening the connected home market) have released an update on their activities and delivery, you can a presentation highlighting this here.OpportunitiesWe identify opportunities as developments whereby the industry can research or deploy their solutions for the Connected Home, such as Government grants, public sector projects, private sector collaborations and more.- The Policy Studies Institute (PSI) has performed research on “Consumer preferences for smart homes: a comparative study between the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy”. The aim of this project is to deliver significant insights into consumer acceptance and preferences for smart homes and technologies in the UK, Germany and Italy and summarise these into practical recommendations on the benefits and opportunities which smart homes can deliver to international utilities. The project also aims to become a valuable resource for businesses as well as policy-makers.Although the project is led by the PSI it worked with the Cardiff University School of Psychology, Germany's Ecologic Institute think tank and the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development.Dr Nazmiye Ozkan, a Senior Research Fellow at PSI, is the project leader. For more information about the project, click here.ThreatsWe identify threats as new developments which could undermine the strength of the Connected Home marketplace such as negative PR and regressive policy frameworks.- Computer security researchers say they have discovered a large "botnet" which infected internet-connected home appliances and then delivered more than 750,000 malicious emails.The California security firm Proofpoint, which announced its findings, said this may be the first proven "internet of things" based cyber attack involving "smart" appliances.Proofpoint said hackers managed to penetrate home-networking routers, connected multimedia centres, televisions and at least one refrigerator to create a botnet — or platform to deliver malicious spam or phishing emails from a device, usually without the owner's knowledge.For more information about this, view this smh.com.au article here and sky news article here.