New Market Research Report: Smart Home, Smart Grid, Smart City

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July 25, 2011 - PRLog -- Introduction

The smart grid field is moving fast. What appears to be happening is that plans are firming up globally: forecasts are becoming more optimistic; and the track record where it has been possible to provide new technology is patchy (e.g. in the area of electric vehicles, many planned launches have not happened, not happened on time, or fallen short of expectations).

Features and benefits

* Understand the scale of forecasts for smart grid and associated technology.
* Identify where much of the real spending is being carried out now.
* Focus on the extent to which some of this spending is NOT happening: is, at present, mostly planned and forecast
* Identify some of the key traps that business thinking can fall into over smart grid investment.
* Achieve insights into alternative strategic approaches in respect of smart grid investment.

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In 2010/11, smart grid technology moved significantly from the realms of theory to reality. That move has been accompanied by two parallel trends: a "standard narrative" setting out how the future is likely to evolve; substantial forecasts for categories of technology that do not yet even exist in any major fashion.
Particular problems for business are that benefits may be delivered by alternative means (different technologies): they may not be perceived as benefits (consumer resistance); or the skill set needed to deliver benefits may be very different from existing skill sets (new entrants).
Businesses need to be future-proofed.  That is, they need to insure themselves against the posibility of the future being other than they currently expect.  The two broad approaches suggested are through a return to business basics, and collaborative working: forming alliances; working with consortia.

Your key questions answered

* What are the big risks implicit in current forecasts: why are some businesses taking off too early?
* Where is the real actual spend happening right now?
* Which segments of the market should businesses be looking at investing in now: where should caution be exercised?
* How can businesses insure themselves against the uncertainties of future development in this area?
* What is the "standard narrative" to which most businesses are working in the area of smart technology?

Partial Table of Contents:

Executive Summary
Setting the scene: background to the smart revolution
Enablers: smart implementation
The vision: smart home, smart city
Electric vehicles within the smart grid
The smart home appliance market
The rise of the smart city
Discussion: "smart" changes the game
Conclusion and future outlook
About the authors
Professor Merlin Stone
Jane Fae Ozimek
Introduction to the report
Introduction to report
We have been here before
The standard narrative
The counter to the standard narrative
Implications for business and investors
Setting the scene: background to the smart revolution
Defining "smart" technology
Drivers to development of smart infrastructure
Political concerns
Energy security
The impact of "Peak Oil"
Leakage and long-distance security
"Homeland security": domestic concerns
Smart technology solves a wide range of problems
Smart technology as climate change solution
Additional benefits from deployment of smart grid
The consumer/commercial perspective
Enablers: smart implemementation
Necessary technologies and technological and infrastructure developments
The role of political and legislative change in smart grid development
The effect of market liberalization
Outlook for global investment in the smart grid
National investment forecasts
Overview of smart implementation pathways
Smart grid financial and state activity by country
The role of the European Union
South Korea
The vision: smart home, smart city
Smart home: the vision
The smart vision in practice
Key components behind the vision
Overlap between smart technologies
Are all components of the smart home equally necessary?
Commercial considerations
Market size and growth
Advanced Metering Infrastructure
Smart cities: more than just an agglomeration of smart homes
Electric vehicles within the smart grid
Background and history
Technical drivers
Market considerations
Main automotive players in the EV market place
Involvement of non-automotive sectors in EV evolution
Smart charging technology
The smart home appliance market
Definition of the smart home appliance
Overall market size for smart appliances
Drivers to growth in the smart appliance market
Outline of the appliance market: segmentation and size
Main players: by size, consortia, collaborative enterprise
Actual sales of smart appliances
Smart appliance: case studies and issues
Over-egging the claims: an issue of consumer belief
Is smart technology really necessary
Enabling technology for smart appliances
The rise of the smart city
Definitions of smart city
Trends in the creation of smart cities
Size of the smart city market
Key smart city initiatives globally
North America
South America
Middle East
General lessons: smart cities take time

Full Table of Contents is available at:

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