Much is expected of the home automation industry in 2015, and if the latest news coming out of the circuit is any indication, it looks like the industry is ready for the challenge. Create Automation certainly is.
There is a plethora of products in the pipeline, just itching to be unveiled. However, how they will improve lifestyles and, more importantly, whether or not consumers will be inclined to buy them, remains to be seen.
With so much intense competition, consumers will be anticipating smart and efficient applications and devices that can enhance their homes and lifestyles. One of the most talked about items in home automation circles is the idea of a fully connected home, where virtually anything and everything will be available at the owner’s fingertips. Currently, only specific areas or a selected group of tasks is available automatically.
For people not familiar with the concept of a connected home, it essentially combines multiple home automation systems into one, thereby making the entire home connected. These systems include home automation devices that control temperature, lighting, home monitoring and even security devices such as CCTV cameras, complete with online viewing, motion sensors and alarms.
Challenges For 2015
Even though people are starting to incorporate automation devices into their homes, the interest has been slow. The home automation trend is no doubt rising with each passing year, but the incline is not that steep or steady. Very few homes actually have all of the above-mentioned applications installed, so theirs does not constitute as a connected home.
Consumers have a preference when it comes to which type of automation they want. Most people prefer to have a fully automated security and monitoring system because everyone wants to keep their home safe. Others are more inclined to want to control the lighting and temperature in their homes. Recently, a consumer survey of 6500 people was conducted in the USA, where home automation is on the up. It found that only 16% of online households in the United States owned a connected home device. In Germany that number was less than 10%.
This means that, while the technology is there, people are not too enthused about getting it for their homes. Home automation, for the most part, is still considered an expensive luxury that caters to a very small group of people. The majority of orders for home automation come from high-income households, and they spend the bulk of their investment on devices related to security and burglary protection, such as alarms, CCTV, and video recording.
Aside from being a luxurious addition, some people are of the opinion that there is little return on the investment. They feel that whilst the technology is pretty unique in its approach, it does not really justify the cost of such a venture; there has to be more to automation than controlling temperature and lighting.
2015 will have to be the year that changes this perception and compels consumers to think again about introducing home automation to their homes. Already, there are great predictions lined up for the year.
The technology is set to become more accessible and much more popular, which is good news for customers. A good example of the technology is the iPort in wall dock that holds an Apple iPad and essentially transforms it into a control panel for the home.
Despite the challenges, 2015 will be a big year for home automation, and one thing is certain; innovation and ingenuity will be working overtime this year. So browse our site and see how our range of home automation products can transform your home in 2015.