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A smarter future ahead

14th December 2018

Voice assistants, smart thermostats, indoor security cameras, smart lighting, our homes are getting smarter by the day. Whilst the adoption of smart home technology hasn’t been as rapid as some anticipated, and hoped, research from IDC indicates 2019 could be a turning point.

It is anticipated that manufacturers will have sold in excess of 640 million smart home devices by the end of this year, meaning the sector will have grown by almost a third year on year. Looking beyond 2018, IDC suggests that in four years time, annual sales could more than double with sales reaching 1.3 billion devices.

Are you the smart one?

If IDC’s prediction rings true, one in six of us (regardless of age) will own a smart home device of some description by 2022.

Whilst the range of smart home devices has grown steadily in recent years, consumers have been hesitant in kitting out their homes with the latest (supposed) time and money saving kit.

Uncertainty regarding safety and data security has been a barrier for some, whilst for others their consumption has been restricted by constraints around interoperability.

Smart devices are typically controlled via a hub or smart home ecosystem, such as Amazon Echo, with only certain appliances being compatible with each hub – so households are limited to the gadgets available in their chosen ecosystem.

Simple, affordable tech such as smart speakers, the fastest growing category in the sector, and thermostats, smart lighting, door intercoms, are all growing in popularity. However, with most consumers still pondering the true value of a fully connected home, uptake of more novel, expensive smart kit has been limited.

Experts are confident that a smarter future lies ahead though. It is anticipated that in the coming years consumers will stop seeing smart devices as merely standalone gadgets, and embrace a smarter way of living.

Secure the right memory for your smart tech

At the heart of any smart device is data, so choosing the right data storage for your smart home products (or any IoT for that matter) is a big deal and requires knowledge and expertise.

Historically IoT manufacturers have disregarded SD cards as a viable solution, as they couldn’t keep pace with the speed at which data needed to be captured. With the latest SD card spec, announced earlier this year by the SD Association, speed is no longer an issue. Thanks to the adoption of UHS-1, the creation of the A1 and A2 standards, and more recently the addition of PCIe and NVMe interfaces, SD cards can now achieve data transfer speeds of up to 985MB/sec, according to the SD Association.

With over a decade in the flash memory sector, Cardwave has strategic partnerships with all the leading flash memory manufacturers and is a trusted advisor for world-class manufacturers across various sectors when it comes to data storage.

Contact Cardwave today to discuss your smart technology development plans and see how we can help you secure, and deliver the right solution for your business | Call +44 (0) 1380 738 395 | Email | Visit

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Raspberry Pi

Cardwave are delighted to be recognised by the Raspberry Pi Foundation for being a valued partner and supplier. We have enjoyed a close business relationship with the foundation since the massively successful launch of the Raspberry Pi in early 2012. Cardwave works with memory distributor, Xel Electronics, who supply Samsung SD cards to Premier Farnell and RS Components, two of the companies authorised by the charity to supply the Raspberry Pi. We are pleased to work with the foundation again on this superb SD card offering. Visit website

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