The power industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by the need for increased efficiency, lower operational costs, and improved customer experience, with the growing importance of technologies such as robotics, AI-enabled thermostats, AI chips, AI-enabled digital assistants, machine learning and AI-enabled security systems. In the last three years alone, there have been over 439,000 patents filed and granted in the power industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Artificial Intelligence in Power: Home automation networks.

However, not all innovations are equal and nor do they follow a constant upward trend. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve that reflects their typical lifecycle from early emergence to accelerating adoption, before finally stabilising and reaching maturity.

Identifying where a particular innovation is on this journey, especially those that are in the emerging and accelerating stages, is essential for understanding their current level of adoption and the likely future trajectory and impact they will have.

90+ innovations will shape the power industry

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the power industry using innovation intensity models built on over 83,000 patents, there are 90+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Within the emerging innovation stage, power distribution system modelling, electricity supply distribution models, and AI-assisted power fault monitoring are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Smart batteries, renewable energy integrated microgrids, and smart lighting system are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are prepaid electricity metering and home automation networks, which are now well established in the industry. 

Innovation S-curve for artificial intelligence in the power industry

Home automation networks is a key innovation area in artificial intelligence

Home Automation (HA) allows the user to control appliances, lighting, environment and security in their house. HA provides safety, convenience, comfort and energy efficiency for the users. HA uses a computer or a mobile to control the basic home functions automatically and remotely.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies.  According to GlobalData, there are 30+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established power companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of home automation networks.

Key players in home automation networks – a disruptive innovation in the power industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of different applications identified for each relevant patent and broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of different countries each relevant patent is registered in and reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.

Patent volumes related to home automation networks

Company Total patents (2010 - 2021) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Alphabet 118 Unlock company profile
Causam Energy 108 Unlock company profile
Broadcom 81 Unlock company profile
Johnson Controls International 73 Unlock company profile
Samsung Group 57 Unlock company profile
Signify 43 Unlock company profile
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance 42 Unlock company profile
Enel 32 Unlock company profile
Hayward Industries 29 Unlock company profile
Siemens 23 Unlock company profile
View 21 Unlock company profile
Sony Group 21 Unlock company profile
ABB 21 Unlock company profile
GSG Holdings 19 Unlock company profile
tado 17 Unlock company profile
Resideo Technologies 16 Unlock company profile
Mitsubishi Electric 14 Unlock company profile
V2Green 13 Unlock company profile
Elbex Video 10 Unlock company profile
Airbus 10 Unlock company profile
LG 10 Unlock company profile
EcoTech Marine 9 Unlock company profile
Microsoft 9 Unlock company profile
International Business Machines 8 Unlock company profile
Accenture 8 Unlock company profile
Yazaki 7 Unlock company profile
Savant Systems 7 Unlock company profile
Halliburton 7 Unlock company profile
Saudi Arabian Oil 7 Unlock company profile
Panasonic 6 Unlock company profile
Emerging Automotive 6 Unlock company profile
Kyocera 6 Unlock company profile
Sense Labs 5 Unlock company profile
Twenty First Century Utilities 5 Unlock company profile
Honeywell International 5 Unlock company profile
Ecotech Energy Systems 5 Unlock company profile
Lutron Electronics 5 Unlock company profile
Allure Energy 5 Unlock company profile
Cisco Systems 5 Unlock company profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Alphabet, Samsung Group and Johnson Controls International are some of the leading filers of patents linked to home automation networks.

Alphabet’s division Google, with the launch of the wired Nest Doorbell, Google strengthened the Nest offerings, including smart-home products like smart speakers, smart displays, thermostats, smoke detectors, smart doorbells, cameras and smart locks.

Meanwhile, SAMSUNG has announced a partnership with ABB, expanding smart things support for residential, commercial buildings, and Johnson Controls’ innovative room automation solution, based on KNX communication technology, international standard protocol for Home & Building Automation, aims to deliver on the promise of healthier places and planet.

Other key patent filers in the home automation network include Broadcom, Signify, Siemens, Resideo Technologies, LG and ABB.

To further understand how artificial intelligence is disrupting the power industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on AI in Power.

GlobalData, the leading provider of industry intelligence, provided the underlying data, research, and analysis used to produce this article.

GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.