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Plume 2022 Predictions: Broadband support bringing opportunity for our connected devices

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Broadband support bringing opportunity for our connected devices

By Adam Hotchkiss, VP of Customer Solutions at Plume

2021 was the year that we realized the need for critical infrastructure. In November, the president signed a historic $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill into law, which will put $65 billion into expanding broadband across the country. Broadband speeds require a robust WiFi system to support them, and the smart home industry will need to evolve accordingly. Here are some of my predictions on what's ahead in 2022.

The infrastructure bill will make WiFi investment even more important.

The infrastructure bill will increase internet speeds for millions of homes, enabling media, remote work and other high bandwidth applications for the home. However, delivery of high speeds to the home is wasted without a sufficient WiFi investment that can deliver the new bandwidth to the devices. Therefore, WiFi is critical for the success in realizing the gains for the infrastructure spending and more will recognize that in 2022.

More devices = more speed demands.

As more devices spread throughout the inside and outside the home, this brings higher demands for each device. This trend will accelerate into 2022. Whether it is a new fitness bike with online training classes or a 4K video camera outside the front door, the number of applications and devices demanding higher speeds are increasing and will continue to grow next year.

Cybersecurity for devices and employees will be at the forefront.

The cybersecurity of these devices will be  in the spotlight in 2022. As more personal and work information is available on smart home devices, the need for cloud-based and AI-based security in the home is a tablestake offering. Likewise, as corporations catch up to the reality that most employees are working at home, the need to create a safe and contained work environment virtually within the home for a secure, always on and highly reliable connection for work devices and applications, will be a must for every worker away from the office.


Next year, I predict that more and more consumers will realize the benefits of supporting their devices with strong, intuitive WiFi systems. What's even more critical is that consumers understand the need to protect their devices with vigorous security protocols and tools. In 2022, increased broadband support combined with device security innovations will bring great opportunities for connected devices in our home.



Adam Hotchkiss 

Adam Hotchkiss is the Vice President of Customer Solutions at Plume, a SaaS platform that provides the delivery of technological services for connected homes. Prior to Plume, Adam served as the President of VLM Technologies, overseeing its business and product consulting services.

Published Thursday, January 20, 2022 7:32 AM by David Marshall
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