Our latest blog post highlights some of the findings that came out of our recent smart home survey, in which we interviewed 8,500 consumers across Europe to better understand their needs and wants from smart home technology.
Our lives are now more connected than ever before. We rely on our smartphones, tablets and laptops to connect with the people around us. Now we are beginning to use the same technologies to connect to our homes in a way we’ve never done before – making them smarter, safer, more economical and convenient to live in.
Many people think that a ‘smart home’ is an umbrella term for devices like connected fridges, that have the know-how to add milk to the shopping list when we use the last bottle, or robotic hoovers, that know when you leave the house before coming out to clean. However, the convenience of this type of smart home technology is not what is driving most of us to take the first steps in connecting with our homes. The real revolution in the adoption of technologies in Europe is being driven by one of our basic instincts – the need to be safe and secure.
Through our survey findings, we discovered that keeping a home safe and secure was by far the leading reason people are choosing to adopt smart home technologies, with 44% of respondents stating it as their main reason over saving money. More than a third of respondents also mentioned the appeal of managing the house when going to bed, as thanks to home automation there would be no more having to go back downstairs to switch off the lights, lock doors and check windows are closed.
Having all of this technology in our homes isn’t beneficial if it’s awkward to set up and manage. Our study group agreed, with over half of respondents stating that they wanted to manage everything to do with the smart home, from a single app on their phone. After all how can we really have smart homes if the system we manage them from isn’t smart or simple at all.