Automation company Schneider Electric and analyst firm Telsyte have released a study which has found that consumers are wanting to learn more about how they can get useful technology into what are currently ‘unintelligent’ houses.

The research shows consumers are keen to adopt this technology, as there has been a sharp 25 percent increase in the number of connected devices going into homes in just the last year. This is anticipated to continue to grow substantially over the next four years moving from 17 devices to 37 by 2022. The emerging question is: how will consumers connect all of these devices into their homes?

Ben Green, Smart Space director at Clipsal by Schneider Electric says, “We are now on a threshold – the technology to enable a stylish, connected and sustainable lifestyle in any home is available and affordable. There is a strong appetite for shaking up how to build an electrical system into homes so homeowners can better manage their devices, electricity, lighting, air-conditioning, and entertainment.”

According to the study known as Connecting Australia, 42 percent of Aussies say that when visiting a friend’s place, automated lighting is the most envied piece of smart home technology being used in their home. This is followed by automated blinds (39 percent), voice controlled music (33 percent) and keyless entry with facial recognition (28 percent). 

“Lighting is a great first step into automation, with many Aussies using it as a springboard into a range of other areas or devices such as preventing energy wastage and assisting with household chores,” says Green.  

According to the report, smart home technology usage is on the rise in Australia and there is set to be a significant increase in connected devices in Australian households over the next few years.

This figure is predicted to more than double between 2018 and 2022, as the average number of devices will increase from 17 in 2018 to 37 by 2022. This is prompting developers to make swift and necessary infrastructure upgrades that allow residents to seamlessly connect, particularly when it comes to lighting.