Smart home industry companies pursuing blockchain should form exploratory partnerships but remain technology agnostic

 A new report from examines the key trends driving smart home industry leaders to experiment with blockchain technology.

Due to a series of high-profile customer data hacks and security breaches, concerns over data security and protection are growing. As the number of connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices grows and smart home services penetrate further into the consumer household, cybersecurity and interoperability are a growing challenge for the industry. : A new report shows smart home industry is experimenting with blockchain technology to improve customer experience.

As the market grows for smart home devices and IoT technology, smart home companies are working with blockchain and distributed ledger technologies to provide a common platform to support smart devices while improving data security.

“Blockchain technology can enhance the smart home customer experience, but crucial questions need to be addressed before consumers welcome blockchain into their homes,” says Johnathon de Villier, research analyst with Navigant Research. “Concrete pilot and demonstration projects will be needed to evaluate blockchain-based platforms in smart homes, specifically in terms of their scalability, interoperability, and deployment.”

According to the report, the smart home industry must work to fully understand the blockchain and its data security implications. In order to integrate these innovations securely, companies should be technology agnostic and pursue exploratory partnerships to improve cybersecurity for this nascent technology.

This Navigant Research report, , describes the key trends that are driving smart home industry leaders to experiment with blockchain technology. The study highlights areas where blockchain architectures or blockchain-based platforms could enhance smart home services. It also examines significant roadblocks, including the scalability of existing technologies, that will hinder the expansion of blockchain in the market. Recommendations on how best to explore the promises of blockchain are provided for stakeholders in the smart home and IoT industries. An executive summary of the report is available for free download on the .

Contact: Stefanie Bradtner

+49.221.270.70.142

* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, Smart Home Service Providers Are Testing the Waters with Blockchain, is a summary and reflects Navigant Research’s current expectations based on market data and trend analysis. Market predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those contained in this press release or the report. Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of the assumptions underlying the report’s conclusions and the methodologies used to create the report. Neither Navigant Research nor Navigant undertakes any obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or the report.

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To participate in Chinese energy market, OEMs and project developers should accelerate development of market-specific solutions and educate Chinese stakeholders on DER

A new report from examines the changes in the Chinese commercial and industrial (C&I) electricity market, and the opportunities they create for distributed energy resources (DER) stakeholders.

As markets for wholesale energy and retail grow in China, the Chinese government is finding new ways to deploy renewable energy with an emphasis on distributed power generation. From the start of the industry, China has struggled to integrate its increasing renewables with central grid infrastructure. To resolve this issue, the National Energy Administration and National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) announced a market-oriented distributed power generation initiative in fall of 2017. : According to a new report by @NavigantRSRCH, China is open to electricity market competition and pushing for DER.

“The focus on DER by China’s NDRC represents a new part of the power sector reform in China,” says Roberto Rodriguez Labastida, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. “This strategy has the potential to change the Chinese energy industry and eventually fulfill demands of the C&I and retail choice markets at the customer level.”

According to the report, the Chinese government is pushing legislation and incentives to encourage competition in the realm of distributed resources. In response to that opening of competition, innovative business models are emerging to take advantage of these new opportunities in the Chinese C&I marketplace. To participate and enhance competitiveness, Navigant recommends OEMs and project developers develop market-specific solutions, strengthen their customer acquisition teams, and educate Chinese stakeholders on DER.

Contact: Stefanie Bradtner
+49.221.270.70.142

This Navigant Research report, , explores the changes in the Chinese C&I electricity market and the opportunities they create for DER stakeholders. The study addresses the challenges that are emerging as companies and project developers aim to capitalize on these DER opportunities. It also looks at DER strategies that have been successful in other markets that could be adapted to conditions in China and assist project developers in creating successful and innovative DER business models.

* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, Preparing for New DER-Driven Opportunities in the Chinese C&I Energy Market, is a summary and reflects Navigant Research’s current expectations based on market data and trend analysis. Market predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those contained in this press release or the report. Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of the assumptions underlying the report’s conclusions and the methodologies used to create the report. Neither Navigant Research nor Navigant undertakes any obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or the report.

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Governments should invest in advanced battery research and look beyond Li-ion market

A new report examines the future roadmap for battery technologies and provides market analysis and recommendations provided by governments, manufacturers, and business owners.

As the global market for energy storage devices grows, research surrounding advanced battery technology is emerging quickly and will have a significant impact on the industry. However, new business models and emerging applications call for improved battery design and power duration considerations. Improved electrochemical batteries are entering the market quicker than ever because of lower costs, better performance, and improved safety. : According to a @NavigantRSRCH report, lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries remain vulnerable to more robust technologies for specialized applications such as artificial intelligence, advanced electric vehicles, and materials handling equipment.

“Though Li-ion batteries have been the leading advanced battery chemistry for new projects in the past several years, other chemistries may encroach on its market share as new technological developments come to market,” says Ian McClenny, research analyst with Navigant. “The emergence of specialized batteries is dispelling the notion that one energy storage technology fits all applications.”

According to Navigant, analysis of roadmaps for battery technologies suggest flow, advanced lead-acid, and sodium-based battery technologies will be optimized for specialized applications requiring more energy, power, faster charging, and safety. The report recommends governments around the world take progressive steps to invest in advanced battery research by seeking out research laboratories to commercialize these technologies for emerging markets.

Contact: Stefanie Bradtner
+49.221.270.70.142

This Navigant Research report, , explores the incremental improvements that scientists and engineers are making in advanced battery technologies that can serve diverse use cases, including transportation and grid storage. The study analyzes the traditional specifications, reported shortcomings, and future roadmaps of Li-ion, flow, advanced lead-acid, and sodium-based battery technologies. Navigant Research outlines the innovations happening on the individual cell and system levels and how these will shape the advanced battery industry. Emerging markets for these batteries are detailed and key recommendations are provided for governments, manufacturers, and business owners.

* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, Advances in Battery Chemistries Drive Greater Specialization across Energy Storage Applications, is a summary and reflects Navigant Research’s current expectations based on market data and trend analysis. Market predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those contained in this press release or the report. Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of the assumptions underlying the report’s conclusions and the methodologies used to create the report. Neither Navigant Research nor Navigant undertakes any obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or the report.

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To enhance competitiveness and customer acceptance, mobility service providers should focus on designing multiple blockchain-based platforms and prioritize scalability

A new report from examines how blockchain technology can be adopted by mobility as a service (MaaS) providers to create new business models to help connect decentralized energy systems.

As blockchain technology begins to transform value exchange in a wide range of industries, the energy sector is exploring how to adapt it to create new and advantageous business models. : According to a new report from @NavigantRSRCH, MaaS providers stand to benefit from adopting blockchain technology.

“Blockchain-based platforms create interoperability between services like -electric vehicle charging or ridesharing. The technology opens up microtransaction markets in an affordable way to service providers, allowing MaaS services to be automated,” says Johnathon de Villier, Research Analyst with Navigant Research. “Additionally, they incentivize stakeholders to provide mobility services to the end consumers. Collaboration at the platform level will be essential for success in this rapidly evolving industry.”

To take advantage of the benefits of blockchain technology–which includes the ability to digitize value, reduce transaction costs, overcome hurdles of electric transportation, and automation of secure electronic transactions—Navigant’s report recommends MaaS providers develop platforms that integrate with blockchain-based applications for multiple functions. In addition, it recommends prioritizing scalability over decentralization, and solving issues regarding private key management for device-to-device transactions.

Contact: Stefanie Bradtner
+49.221.270.70.142

The report, , explores how the benefits of blockchain could help MaaS stakeholders address the challenges raised by digitization, automation, and electrification in the mobility industry. The study also examines the wide range of potential applications for blockchain in the MaaS industry, as well as how blockchain-based mobility services will challenge existing industry players. It concludes with a series of recommendations for approaching and experimenting with blockchain technology to create new business and operational models for a distributed and decentralized transportation system. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the .

* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, Blockchain Opens a New Frontier for Mobility Services, is a summary and reflects Navigant Research’s current expectations based on market data and trend analysis. Market predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those contained in this press release or the report. Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of the assumptions underlying the report’s conclusions and the methodologies used to create the report. Neither Navigant Research nor Navigant undertakes any obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or the report.

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