Have you locked the door on your way out only to go back in and check whether your stovetop and faucets are turned off? Perhaps we’ve all done that at some point.
With 101 jobs in hand to do every day, homeowners are rushing from pillar to post. In the midst of all this chaos, many homeowners worry about home security — not just worries about unwanted intrusions but also concerns about slight mistakes of their own doing that could cause major problems.
It makes sense, therefore, to take advantage of the emerging technologies and invest in a smart home. With smart technology, the home can be secured from all possible mishaps, and homeowners can monitor their homes at all times. Voice or remote-controlled command over a smart device will result in home systems reacting instantly. Now smart home technology can turn off lights; adjust the thermostat; detect motion; alert homeowners to smoke, intrusions, and even dangerous weather; among other things.
As with most new technology, the initial idea of the smart home was considered quirky at best. It was an intriguing idea but something more out of a fantastic sci-fi thriller than real life. Now smart home technology has become a full-blown consumer trend with startups and giant tech companies vying with one another for a piece of the smart home product market. Connected seamlessly to smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, homes today are more secure than they have ever been before.
All electronic devices, appliances, thermostats, lighting and home security systems can communicate with a remote device in hand, and they can be monitored and commanded to change or secure themselves with the help of advanced technologies. Sales figures show a growth projection of around $9.5 billion by 2015, a figure that could rise to $44 billion by 2017.
How Are Homeowners Reacting to This New Trend?
The safety and security of loved ones and the home is so important for today’s homeowners that most don’t even blink at the initial and recurring costs of smart home systems.
As a family man in Oklahoma pointed out, this technology can be a boon not just for preventing crimes but also for protecting against natural disasters. During a tornado last spring, Peter Getz’s smart home updated his family every second about the status and exact location of the storm that raged all around. They say the cost of their complete home automation system is a small price to pay for the safety and comfort that they receive in return.
Here’s a quick look at the top smart home products for 2014:
- Skydrop Sprinkler Controller: Wi-Fi enabled watering system
- Petnet: Automated pet feeder
- Canary: Home security system that needs no installation and has no fees, just a sensor connected to a home Wi-Fi network
- Sense Mother: A base station with motion cookies that have small wearable sensors to track activity and behaviors of homeowners
- Belkin WeMo: A device that allows homeowners to control lights and other electronics from their smartphones
Why Have Smart Homes Become So Popular?
Crime makes homeowners insecure, which means they are constantly looking for more advanced security options. Increasing distance and isolation in social lives also have directly coincided with a mad rush in professional lives, all of which combine to leave little time in homeowners’ lives. Smart homes essentially are home security concepts taken to the next level, and smart home technology is no longer considered a luxury meant only for the wealthy.
Archita Datta Majumdar has been writing for various industries for more than 14 years. She has contributed articles to The Economic Times, the leading financial daily of India, and she loves research, business analysis and knowledge management.
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