Getting ready for bed used to entail walking from room to room, shutting off lights and electronics, locking doors, and setting alarms. But increasingly, this process is being reduced to merely the press of a button. Thanks to the popularity of smartphones and the widespread usage of broadband Internet, the market for home automation is taking off.
Home automation systems are designed to give you control over various features of your home – including lights, TVs, locks, security systems, and thermostats – via your smartphone or tablet. With a smart home you can:
• Receive an alert on your phone when a door is opened.
• Open the garage door to allow a package delivery.
• Turn on the lights before you get home at night.
• Adjust the thermostat so the inside temperature is comfortable when you get home.
• Make sure the kids locked up before they left for school.
A few years ago this might have sounded futuristic, but it is becoming more common. “Customers have come to expect access to information and data – be it banking, social, pictures, or work – on their phone,” said Andrew Brooks of Washington, DC-based SmartThings. “The smartphone has essentially become the remote control to our everyday lives.” A 2014 Allied Market Research report estimated that the market for home and building automation would grow nearly 30 percent per year – taking it from $4.8 billion in 2012 to $35.3 billion in 2020. So whether you are ready or not, the smart home is on its way to a neighborhood near you.
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