The technology industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation. Activity driven by the rapid emergence and widespread adoption of game-changing technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), and mobility, and growing importance of technologies related to wireless communication protocols, IoT platforms, voice recognition and natural language processing (NLP), and sensors and detectors. These technologies collectively enable the automation and control of various devices and systems within a smart home environment, providing convenience, energy efficiency, security, and personalized experiences for homeowners. In the last three years alone, there have been over 3.6 million patents filed and granted in the technology industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Innovation in Cloud: Home automation control systems. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 2.5 million patents to analyse innovation intensity for the technology industry, there are 300+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Home automation control systems is a key innovation area in cloud

Home automation control systems involve the integration of electrical devices in a residential or building setting to enable automated control over lighting, heating, air conditioning, security, entertainment systems, and other household appliances. Home automation utilises computers and dedicated software to oversee and regulate different aspects of a home or building. Networking components, such as routers, hubs, switches, and gateways, are also incorporated to facilitate communication between devices and the central control system.

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 260+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established technology companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of home automation control systems.

Key players in home automation control systems – a disruptive innovation in the technology industry

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

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

Patent volumes related to home automation control systems

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Johnson Controls International 647 Unlock Company Profile
Gree Electric Appliances 567 Unlock Company Profile
Midea 540 Unlock Company Profile
Siemens 471 Unlock Company Profile
Haier Group 406 Unlock Company Profile
Xiaomi 381 Unlock Company Profile
Alphabet 357 Unlock Company Profile
Honeywell International 308 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung Group 306 Unlock Company Profile
Panasonic 237 Unlock Company Profile
Somfy 167 Unlock Company Profile
LG 159 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Electric 157 Unlock Company Profile
Signify 144 Unlock Company Profile
Schneider Electric 132 Unlock Company Profile
View 123 Unlock Company Profile
Apple 119 Unlock Company Profile
Resideo Technologies 89 Unlock Company Profile
Robert Bosch Stiftung 87 Unlock Company Profile
Legend 82 Unlock Company Profile
Emerson Electric 80 Unlock Company Profile
Toshiba 78 Unlock Company Profile
Sichuan Changhong Electric 76 Unlock Company Profile
Trane Technologies 66 Unlock Company Profile
International Business Machines (IBM) 65 Unlock Company Profile
Raytheon Technologies 59 Unlock Company Profile
Gira Giersiepen 57 Unlock Company Profile
Hon Hai Precision Industry 57 Unlock Company Profile
Lutron Electronics 55 Unlock Company Profile
Foshan Yunmi Electrical Appliance Science & Technology 55 Unlock Company Profile
Enel 52 Unlock Company Profile
EchoStar 51 Unlock Company Profile
Lennox International 47 Unlock Company Profile
Baidu 45 Unlock Company Profile
Duchossois Group 45 Unlock Company Profile
Kip Prod P1 43 Unlock Company Profile
Corning 43 Unlock Company Profile
NEC 43 Unlock Company Profile
Microsoft 42 Unlock Company Profile
Sony Group 42 Unlock Company Profile
Ecolab 39 Unlock Company Profile
Sharp 39 Unlock Company Profile
Hayward Industries 38 Unlock Company Profile
Hitachi 38 Unlock Company Profile
Coolpad Group 38 Unlock Company Profile
Koninklijke Philips 36 Unlock Company Profile
Beijing Electronics 34 Unlock Company Profile
SoftBank Group 34 Unlock Company Profile
Skyworth Group 34 Unlock Company Profile
Xiaomi Technology 33 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Haier Group is one of the leading patent filers in home automation control systems. The company’s patents are aimed at invention related to a method and technique of application scene control.

The method comprises steps such as collecting environment information, comparing the environment information with an environment model, obtaining an environment parameter change value, and sending a control instruction to the corresponding intelligent terminal according to the environmental parameter change value. A

According to the invention, a simplified man-machine interaction mode of the intelligent equipment can be provided, and the comfort of a home environment is improved.

Other prominent patent filers in the space include Gree Electric Appliances and Johnson Controls International.  

 By geographic reach, Mobile Comfort leads the pack, followed by ista International and Barghest Building Performance. In terms of application diversity, Smartfrog holds the top position, followed by Prodea Systems and Delos Living.  

 Home automation control systems bring convenience, energy efficiency, security, customisation, and lifestyle enhancements to homeowners. They offer a more connected, intelligent, and comfortable living environment while providing potential cost savings and contributing to a sustainable future.  

To further understand how cloud is disrupting the technology industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Cloud Computing – Thematic Intelligence.

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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.