What our homes mean to us has been redefined over the COVID era. We now work, rest, and play within its boundaries, not only with family, but also with friends and colleagues in real life or through our computers and connected devices. This "open door" policy, spurred by the pandemic, shows no signs of abating. As a result, our homes are vulnerable in several new ways, and we need to ensure our "new normal" doesn't take advantage of our hospitality.
Homes are also becoming smarter; we're inviting in more technology that is viewing, analyzing, and understanding our daily lives: Think Ring doorbells, Alexas, Zoom, Teams, and banking apps. We are giving technology permission to have some amount of control over and insight into our lives — to do this, they need to be connected and therefore we are introducing more open doors for potentially uninvited guests.
For these reasons, Home Gateways are vital to homes in order to ensure the four walls we live in are protected from digital thieves in the same way that our front doors protect our homes. However, these Home Gateway systems will only work within the Internet of Things (IoT) if the systems and standards that link them enable clarity, comprehension, and collaboration between providers and end users. Unlike our physical homes, there are many ways into our digital home networks, and we only want invited guests.