The Connected Home



Technology is re-shaping our world with exponential speed. And the homes of the near future will be smarter, more efficient, more functional than ever before.

Almost Here

Imagine a world where every appliance monitors its own health, and maximizes energy efficiency. Where security is built into all facets of your home. Where you receive intuitive and valuable home updates that make everyday life easier. In this near future, every room of your home, its devices and its appliances will be connected to the cloud, to each other, and to you.


Connected-home device shipments will grow at a compound annual rate of 67% over the next five years, per BI Intelligence.


1.8B connected-home device units will be shipped by 2019, according to BI Intelligence estimates.


Forrester forecasts the connected-home category will total about 25% of 2015 shipments in the IoT category, increasing to 27% by 2019.


Enabling the Connected Home

With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) comes the connected home. Your job is to design intelligent appliances that are highly functional, reliable and energy efficient.


Growing Demands

You need to address consumer demands for increased power efficiencies, wireless transmission, data sensing and collection.

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions Answers
What is the Connected Home?

The Connected Home is an extension of home automation and operates as a subset of the Internet of Things (IoT), where devices inside the home are connected to each other via the internet and/or via a short-range wireless mesh network and are typically operated using remote access device such as smartphone, tablet or any other mobile device.


Is the concept of a Connected Home real?

There is significant growth potential in this market as market leaders such as Google, Netflix, and others have laid the foundation for many other ecosystem competitors to expand beyond home entertainment into many other areas such as smart appliances, home heating and lighting, security, and more.


Why would I want a connected home?

Imagine a few scenarios and how technology could add value: If you were on vacation, your home could keep lighting and heating to security and safety levels. If you had smart appliances, you could run your washing machine or dishwasher during the most cost efficient energy period. This could help balance the utility's load and generate cost savings for you. If you had to run out suddenly and left your oven on? A device utilizing a temperature sensor and mobile app would allow you to turn your oven off without having to return home or worry. Further, error mode detection in a smart appliance could notify you and/or a service technician of an operational anomaly, allowing the appliance to be serviced before reaching a critical failure point.


What is the business opportunity for the ecosystem beyond appliance and device manufacturers? There is also an emerging significant business opportunity for Cloud Service Providers and Big Data Analytics within the IoT in Connected Home ecosystem. Management of unstructured data (Big Data) and directly attributed to IoT in Connected Home is anticipated to represent a $7 billion market by 2020. This market opportunity will grow with a CAGR of 27.7% through 2020. Mind Commerce sees the fastest growing segments through 2020 as Home Energy Conservation with a CAGR of 49.4% and IoT in Utility Monitoring with a CAGR of 59.8%.
Smart refrigerator
Refrigerators of the future will further embrace smart features in order to improve the user experience. Increased electronic functionality can enable content/inventory management directly or via an app.

Technology that Delivers

At TE, we are introducing new technologies that deliver connectivity, enhanced functionality, and reliability. Learn how our wired and wireless technologies, sensors, connectors, and more, can help you build the smart appliances of the future.

Robotic Vacuum Cleaneer
Robotic vacuum
Security System
Security system

Sensors are Critical

Sensors measure temperature, humidity, water level, position, vibration and more. This allows the appliances to monitor themselves and make operational adjustments or generate messages regarding their status. Sensors are mounted in various manners. They are connected to the wiring harness, and ultimately the control board, using individual terminals or multi-position connectors. 

Sensors for appliance applications
Many different sensors within appliances will provide much of the feedback necessary for implementation of the Connected Home.