Smart Home Technology That’s Worth The Investment

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Universal remotes and home automation control systems prove that the future of smart home technology is already here.



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By Cassidy McAloon, Content Producer, ESTATENVY

From Amazon’s Echo to Apple’s HomeKit, it’s clear that smart home technology is no longer limited to a few households. The segment is now mainstream—more homeowners are looking to make their spaces compatible with the latest technology than ever before. In fact, a new study from Juniper Research predicts that home automation and monitoring devices will grow to over 770 million globally by 2021, which is up from an estimated 68 million in 2016. But as the industry continues to pick up speed and become more popular, it can be difficult to determine which products are actually worth the investment.

When it comes to outfitting your home with the most essential devices, simplicity is always key. From the installation process to day-to-day use, you want to be sure that you’re actually going to use the technology you put in your home. One device that’s designed to make home automation simple is TiO, or Turn it On.

“One of the biggest roadblocks standing between smart home technology and people actually using it is simplicity. Homeowners want to bring new devices into their homes, but they need to be confident that they can use it on their own. That’s where TiO stands out—our system makes it easy to control every aspect of the home, from lighting and audio to temperature and security, with just the touch of a button,” said Sanjay Patel, CEO of TiO. “We’re focusing on improving the basic functions that homeowners use the most in their daily lives—that’s what will ultimately engage consumers.”

TiO is designed with the customer experience in mind. Not only does the system allow you to choose how it interacts with your routine, it’s also intuitive to use. Patel says it all comes down to the devices that are able to address basic tasks in a simple and efficient way. It’s those types of products that will continue to position themselves at the forefront of the emerging smart home technology industry.

Another one of those devices that’s proven itself to be worth the investment is the Universal Remote Control. Designed to streamline all of your smart home processes through one basic platform, the URC takes the latest technology and puts it in a format that’s familiar across generations.

“The think about the Universal Remote is that it’s an interface that everyone’s familiar with. It’s already the most widely used piece of consumer electronics in history—we’re just building on it and making it better,” said Andre Lalande, director and general manager of subscription broadcast for URC. “Instead of only controlling your TV, the Universal Remote can now run things like lighting and security while boosting the overall convenience in your home. That’s technology that the average consumer is willing to pay for.”

Smart home devices like TiO and the URC are just the beginning for the rapidly growing industry—as consumers continue to integrate this technology into their homes, more devices will be introduced to the market. And as builders begin to incorporate these platforms into their construction projects, smart homes will become the norm. That means that being an early adopter of simple, basic technologies has the potential to pay off in the end, especially when selling your home down the line.

“It used to be that smart home technology was only popular among higher end clients. But the industry isn’t confined to that niche anymore—brands like Best Buy, Target and Amazon are all competing in the space right now,” said Lalande. “It’s an exciting time to be behind a device that more and more consumers are bringing into their homes. We’re already seeing the trend of smart home technology being commonplace in your average American home, and there’s no doubt that as more products are introduced to the market, that trend will only get bigger.”

Builders that are interested in adopting a smart home standard should consider hiring a well-trained, in-house integrator that is familiar with different automation platforms and standards.