Connected Multi-Dwelling Units and IoT 

"The multi-dwelling and multi-family market has one of the strongest growth rates in North America. The growth of IoT in the connected home sector is going to dramatically change the size and types of products in this market. Therefore, Hydro One Networks Inc. has joined the Steering Committee of this important CABA Landmark Research Project to ensure that our future products services can be developed based on consumer needs." -- Tom Semler, Manager, Conservation & Demand Management at Hydro One

“A growing preference among consumers for technically advanced broadband-driven products is fueling the demand for connected home devices significantly. The growing interest in these devices, along with the rising trend of smart homes generally, will boost the global demand for Internet of Things (IoT) devices in multi-dwelling and multi-tenant units dramatically.  This study will assist us make key decisions in this market concerning our product and service offerings." -- Don Stevens, National R&D Manager, Panasonic Eco Solutions North America

The "Connected Multi-Dwelling Units and the Internet of Things" Landmark Research Report is now available for purchase in the CABA Store for $4,900 for CABA Members and $6,900 for Non-Members.  Purchase now. 

Post Embargo Webinar Presentation

MDUs, also known as multi-family residential units, are a category of residential housing where many individual housing units are contained within a building or group of buildings.  MDUs come in various shapes and sizes, such as: large high-rise apartment buildings, row houses, low-rise condominiums and small duplexes, etc.    

The goal of this research is to provide a comprehensive examination of all the major aspects of IoT related to MDUs, including:  state of the market, MDU IoT trends, business opportunities, technical barriers and opportunities, future market direction, issues, case studies and industry recommendations.  

Harbor Research - US$150,000 
Extensive secondary research literature review 
1,500-2,000 Surveys (OEM, service provides, tenants, owners etc.)
60 In-Depth interviews 

The purpose of this research is to examine the impact of IoT related to MDUs.  This research should provide actionable data relevant to all segments of the MDU value chain, including, but not limited to: building owners, technology manufacturers, builders and developers, integrators and installers, service providers, insurance companies, industry associations and utility companies.

Topics that might be covered in this research include, but are not limited to, the following: 

Single vendor versus multiple vendor offerings.
The role of tenant turnover.
The value-added IoT amenities for tenants, unit owners and building owners. 
Data ownership and privacy. 
Differences in attitudes and behaviors of tenants versus unit owners. 
Impact of the type of MDU (high-rise, low-rise, duplex, etc.) on consumer behaviors.  
Specialty MDUs, such as: retirement residences or student housing, etc.
Attitudes of builders and developers.  
Role of tenant and unit owner demographics (age, gender, etc.). 
The use of data analytics to create valuable insights from building data.
Mobile dashboards to visualize key data from mobile devices.
Physical security (video surveillance, entry management) and cybersecurity.
Cloud storage versus on-site versus hybrid. 
Real-time monitoring and control.
Energy efficiency improvements. 
The similarities and differences between new build versus retrofit IoT applications. 
Interoperability, including open versus proprietary IoT systems and protocols.
User interface: mobile versus PC versus dashboards.
Wired versus wireless solutions. 
Emerging IoT players in the industry. 
Business analysis and value proposition for each stakeholder group.
Inhibitors to the MDU IoT industry growth.
Evolutions of industry IoT standards. 
Barriers towards adoptions of IoT solutions.

We recently announced this CABA Landmark Research project and already these CABA members have committed to fund the study:


For more information on sponsorship opportunities or other CABA research, please contact Greg Walker, CABA Research Director.

Greg Walker
CABA Research Director
Phone: 613.686.1814 x227