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Killing hubs gives Amazon and Google smart home stranglehold

Having struggled for years, the emerging smart home market may be on the brink of ditching the plague of multiple standalone controller hubs, thanks to the market clout that Google and Amazon exert. However, while the two dominant platforms could decide the market by opting to integrate a low-power smart home radio into their new devices, neither seem particularly keen on the idea. Compounding this lack of clarity is the argument that the emerging trend for having multiple WiFi gateways within a home will bypass the need for such low-power mesh networks, as a single-hop protocol like Bluetooth would find itself always in range of one of these access points. Such a scenario could see the likes of Zigbee, Z-Wave,…

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