The home automation industry is rapidly growing with its integrated offering of Lighting Controls, Safety Security Sensors, Voice Enabled Systems, Entertainment and much more. Advances in app development are also improving the user interfaces. Accordingly, home automation is becoming much more user friendly and simple for users to manage, even on their handheld devices.
The concept of smart homes is growing steadily in luxury homes across India. The growing market share of smart homes in India can be attributed to the growth of IT hubs and HNIs. Here are the major factors that are driving the Home Automation market in India.
When it was first introduced in India, the Home Automation market was comprised of foreign-made products. However, under the Make In India initiative, many home automation products are now designed and made in India to world class standards, improving the economics and availability. The new systems can also be undertaken in parts – for example security or lighting or both. This allows more flexible deployment in homes.
The market for smart homes in India has been growing steadily. The uptake of smart homes in India is increasing 15% in tier 1 cities and qt least 5% in tier 2 and tier 3 cities every year. Home automation is regarded as a desirable solution to keep homes safe while they are not occupied. While this awareness is slightly lower in non-metro cities, there is a growing acceptance of home automation systems by people in metro cities.
With high electricity bills being a burden for homeowners, any energy saving option is an added advantage. Many home automation systems include sensors that automatically turn off the lights when not needed or use schedules to do the same. Not only does this allow homeowners to reduce their eco-footprint, but it allows them to enjoy significant cost savings in the process.
The smart phone is ubiquitous and home automation systems take full advantage of this fact. Easily available apps make it easier to access and use Home Automation systems without the need for specialized interface devices. The internet also makes access feasible from anywhere. Designs of apps ensure that the user experience is simple so anyone irrespective of age can use it comfortably while keeping their option of traditional physical switches.
Many homeowners are not willing to change their existing switches or they do not want to engage in re-wiring of their homes. But they still want to implement Home Automation. In such cases, the wireless options have the ability to be retrofitted to any home. These wireless systems can work with any of the existing switches without disrupting the home.