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The smart home market expects to triple in the next five years

Intel SmartSense applied to a smart home
Intel applied RealSense 3D camera facial recognition and proximity sensors to enable authentication for a smart home entry

Solution providers have for years been tempted to expand into the home market from traditional commercial or corporate enterprises.

Some have tried with little success leaving this market for the A/V resellers to take care of. But this stance may change after seeing a new report on the Smart Home market by Dallas-based research firm MarketsandMarkets.

MarketsandMarkets found, in a new research report, that the Smart Homes market expected to grow at a CAGR of 17 per cent between 2015 and 2020, and reach $58.68 billion by 2020.

The smart home market opportunity consists of products from energy management system, security and access control, entertainment control, HVAC control, cellular technology and communication technology along with services such as installation and customization.

Today the smart home market is valued at $20.38 billion. The smart home market revolves around green home solutions, which include smart energy management systems; and follow a minimal usage of energy and monitoring of appliances. With the increasing awareness about energy efficiency and the optimum utilization of the same, a majority of home owners are driven towards the smart home concept that not only offers better energy management but also provides security, convenience, and comfort. The real estate industry has been witnessing a massive transformation in the recent past with innovative concepts ever since, the concepts of home automation, smart homes, and connected homes have materialized. A strong impetus from smart home product manufacturers and concerns related to security and energy savings have gained prime importance in the smart homes market. Smart home device manufacturers are also coming up with innovative wireless technologies across different sectors, which include security control and access control, entertainment control, energy management systems, and HVAC control.

According to MarketsandMarkets, traditional home automation devices were designed to control systems within a house and within a limited range of connectivity; however, with recent developments across different areas of connectivity of appliances and devices, these systems enable users to monitor and control them even when they are on the move. This includes mobile connectivity features, an integral component of smart homes provided by device manufacturers; and compatible communication protocol and technology based products offered by Internet Service Providers. Even though the concept of smart homes has been in existence for a long time, the market has witnessed a profound growth, mainly, during the last five years. The smart homes market is highly fragmented and expected to get consolidated. The smart homes service providers are beginning to gain traction in the marketplace, and could witness more smart homes technology players entering the market before an inevitable consolidation occurs.

North America is expected to retain its position as the largest smart homes market, the research report found. The revival of construction activities, especially with regards to new residential buildings and renovations, is expected to support the growth of the North American smart homes market. The U.S. will remain the major market for smart homes throughout the forecast period, due to its high adoption rate and continuous development. High investments in building infrastructure and the need to lower power consumption are further expected to drive the demand for smart homes systems, especially in Asia-Pacific and Europe.

Who are at the forefront of the smart home market? MarketsandMarkets has identified Siemens AG, Schneider Electric, ABB Ltd., Ingersoll-Rand Plc., Emerson Electric Co., Legrand S.A., Crestron Electronics, Inc., Lutron Electronics, Inc., and Control4 Corp. Not your typical household names in IT as most of these companies are based in Europe. Only Schneider Electric through its APC arm has a prominent channel program and network for the channel community in Canada and the U.S.