Vivo, the smartphone manufacturer is pointing to IoT in homes

08/09/2018

 

Vivo will work on the IoT Open Ecology Alliance project together with Midea and OPPO

 

Vivo, one of the leading Chinese smartphone manufacturers, has announced that it wants to conquer the future Internet of Things (IoT) market. To this end, Vivo will lead to the launch of its first platform connected by the name “Jovi IoT”.

The platform was announced in Beijing on 6 September. During the event, the company explained that it hopes to conquer the smart home market, allowing users to control devices in their homes through smartphones and with the integration of their voice assistant.

To achieve this goal, Vivo together with the appliance manufacturer Midea, the smartphone manufacturer OPPO and other technology names, set up the IoT Open Ecology Alliance in July. Thanks to this initiative, Vivo wants to ensure ease of use for consumers and streamlining development for producers.

 

Alibaba, Xiaomi, Baidu, JD.com, Haier and Hisense have already entered the market

 

The IoT market is expanding. Smart home devices, which are becoming increasingly popular, have an increasing number of applications in homes. They range from energy management, entertainment, to safety and lighting.

Alibaba, Xiaomi, Baidu, JD.com, Haier and Hisense have already entered the market, providing a range of intelligent products, such as speakers and connected TVs, to security systems.

In particular, the market is affected by the fact that only 4.9% of Chinese homes use IoT devices. The expansion, however, is expected to reach 22.9% by 2022.

 

Some IoT devices already on the Chinese market, however, present security problems

 

But the growth of this market also involves risks. Some Chinese IoT devices, especially those that provide connected cameras, still do not have good quality on recordings. In addition, in 2017, Xiongmai Technology, a maker of IoT cameras based in Hangzhou, admitted that its cameras had been hit by the infamous Mirai malware.

According to a report by the Chinese Cybersecurity Emergency Response Team (CN-CERT), the number of IoTs attacked by hackers increased by 120% in 2017, with 27,000 targeted devices every day.

 

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