Technology has been effectively simplifying our lives, making our personal lives more comfortable and our professional commitments more manageable. Developers have always been focused on improving our life efficiencies through technology. Newer developers are now also focusing on making these technologies more affordable. Smartphones are a great example of an efficient and affordable technology. Food, fashion, directions, electronics, home furnishing, entertainment and mails amongst other chores can now be efficiently managed through smartphone technology.
Home Automation, though a four decade old segment in India, witnessed slow growth on the back of limited domestic products, wired technology and after sales issues. The segment largely catered to a small section of the society who could afford the acquisition and maintenance of these products that were limited to control appliances like projector screen, lights, fans and window blinds. Technology startups, in the last few years, have redefined the expectations from home automation products and developers are now designing wireless products that can easily integrate with existing devices, provide remote access and are affordable. The home automation market is expected to reach INR 32,000 crore by 2020.
The top 4 features that have boosted the growth of home automation products in India are:
Remote Access and Customization
From the availability of remote access and control of basic devices like fans, lights, televisions, air conditioners amongst others on your smartphone, new home automation products can be used to customization device settings based on mood, time and usage. The remote access to all home devices provides control on effectively using electrical appliances and also data on device usage to understand and limit usage as per requirement.
Integration with Voice enabled technology
One of the main features, apart from affordability and hassle free installation, is the easy integration of these home automation products with other similar service products without the need of multiple control panels. Existing home automation devices can now integrate with new products and these products can be easily linked with voice based devices like Google Home, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa to gain voice access to multiple devices and appliances.
Voice enabled devices rank high in energy efficiency as devices can be customized to auto switch on/off as per presence. Similarly, voice and/or video calling can be a great feature in addressing emergency medical situations.
Energy efficiency and Product Malfunction warnings
With the integration of AI and ML, Home automation devices are now providing functionality that can help conserve energy through assessment of individual devices energy consumption data that is accessible on smartphone. This functionality helps users to understand energy usage and limit energy wastage.
Another strong feature of new age home automation products is the malfunction warnings that can forewarn the user on energy pilferage and future mishaps.
Intrusion alert based on facial recognition or remote access to real time video feeds on your smart phone or microwave technology based motion sensors that can detect random movement and alert users are few of the security features that come along with home automation products.
Affordability and wireless technology (wi-fi based) have been the two key factors that have boosted the acceptance of Home automation products in India. New users are now experimenting with these products by focusing on distributed installation (installing automation products in a specific room) to understand the ease of control, energy conserving and remote access.