Smart house devices in 2019: more intelligent and money-saving
According to the Russian retail chain, Svyaznoy-Euroset, sales of smart home devices in Russia increased by 84% in 2018 in comparison with the previous year. The functionality of such appliances is expanding, providing owners with more advantages. What is the capacity of modern smart house equipment?
The smart home market is divided into three core elements interrelated with each other. The first one includes devices that can be connected to systems; the second one supposes smart systems and platforms for controlling smart houses; the third one is services for their connection and adjustment. The primary share of the smart house market accounted for the first option: the volume of gadget market reached 5.1 billion RUB in 2018 (according to DISCOVERY Research Group). It is caused by the fact that new devices significantly enhance possibilities of smart homes and satisfy needs of various users.
Key advantages of smart home devices
Despite the fact that smart house systems are not cheap enjoyment, they allow to save money and prevent vast expenses in prospect. It is referred, in particular, to money for repairs of huge breakdowns, recovery work after fire (that can be prevented with smart equipment), and many other household aspects.
Smart house appliances include sensors and switches, smart lamps and security systems, climate control and intelligent heating. They allow smart home owners to:
- reduce expenditures for electricity, water, heat;
- decrease the probability of leakages and fires;
- eliminate effects of accident situations faster;
- protect the dwelling from unlawful entry;
- automatically regulate routine processes.
For example, a properly adjusted heating smart system can reduce costs for public utilities by turning off heat supply automatically when people are absent as well as by informing them of energy expenses. At the same time, fire suppression gauges will promptly respond to fire outbreak signs even if owners are away. Besides, the system is able to call firefighters on its own, depending on settings.
The most significant feature of smart house devices is the ability to make human life easier and more comfortable.
Types of modern smart home appliances
A smart house is a scalable complex system consisting of several standard construction aspects to dozens of additional ones. It can be upgraded based on owner’s budget and wishes by connecting certain gadgets to the intelligent network. The modern market offers smart home masters the following kinds of appliances:
- Smart house security systems.
- Smart illumination tools.
- Smart sockets, relays.
- Central controllers.
- Smart speakers.
- Smart boilers, heating units.
- Smart equipment for kitchens and for entertainment.
- Robotic cleaners.
- Alternative power supply sources (photovoltaic arrays, solar heating systems).
Not only do the latest versions of similar devices have wider capabilities, but they also become more and more reliable in contrast to out-of-date models. This is because some security and data transfer protocols run their courses, thus they are replaced with the new ones. Manufacturers try to provide customers with better and innovative equipment.
For instance, this year, the market introduced a new generation of EXO wireless routers with the integrated security platform McAfee and compatibility with Alexa and Google Assistant. Besides high performance, they feature the complex protection from illegal access and malware for a broad range of connected devices.
New smart gadgets of 2019
There is a huge range of household appliances and smart home gadgets that makes life more comfortable and allow to save costs, and it grows year by year. Let’s examine what new smart devices will become trends in 2019 and how intelligent equipment will improve our everyday life.
Voice assistants in each device
Such voice assistants as Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant are primarily popular in the USA. According to Nielsen, 24% of the US families had smart speakers in 2018, while 40% used several assistants at once. In 2019, all major producers of audio helpers are going to integrate their solutions into as many devices as possible.
This year, US-based Kohler presented a new model of Numi intelligent toilet, allowing to save water consumption and being synchronized with Alexa. The device is able to search for information on the Internet, control seat heater, remotely switch on/off other gadgets in the apartment. Moreover, Alexa is integrated into some more new smart home devices by Kohler: Verdera Voice Lighted Mirrorand Sensate Touchless Kitchen Faucet.
Offers of the Russian market
Russian developers also launched a budget and functional version of smart speaker with a voice assistant. Previous year, the Yandex search engine started selling smart speakers called Yandex.Station with Alice built-in assistant. The device recognizes owner’s voice, obeys voice commands, as well as can connect to different gadgets such as a smart TV set to play videos.
Along with its partners, Yandex designed pocket-sized smart home helpers: Irbis A and Dexp Smartbox. They are equipped with the voice assistant as well as connected to Wi-Fi and the smart house system.
Intelligent doorbells with cameras
Developers pay lots of attention to smart home safety, inventing both complex security smart systems and separate smart devices.
This year, the market was complemented with Netatmo Doorbell equipped with the special camera. For safety's sake, it stores information on inner assemblies rather than on external servers. Videos are kept on the microSD card. Apartment owners can obtain an access to it remotely using the special app.
Offers of the Russian market
Smart doorbells, house intercoms, and other front door control gadgets with sensors can be found on the Russian market as well. Particularly, they are made by the Chinese manufacturer – Rubetek. Intelligent devices are equipped with cameras, compatible with Android and iOS, and controlled remotely. Such equipment allows to let guests in at a distance even if a person is out of home. Similar smart devices include door and box opening/closing sensors that inform owners via the app if someone enters their territory while they are absent.
Moreover, the smart house enables to connect comprehensive security systems that not only monitor the front door condition but also track signs of smoke, leakages, and electrical grid breakdowns. These solutions are turned on/off remotely, adjusted using the app, and integrated with the set of numerous sensors. Smart security video systems arequite popularin Russia.
New lighting smart devices
A lot of companies produce whole lines of goods for regulating smart home aspects. Philips develops complex smart lighting solutions – Philips Hue, constantly adding new sensors. This year, the company released a device for home exterior. It recognizes owners afar and activates lighting.
Ring also launched upgrades for existing systems in early 2019. Company’s external smart lamps are embedded into the smart home security system, while all devices for external lighting of building elevation, garden, and gazebos are equipped with motion sensors and controlled using the app.
Offers of the Russian market
Smart devices for illuminating residential areas can be bought in Russian shops as well. There are smart lamps by Prestigio or TP-Link that can be connected to Android or iOS smartphones through Bluetooth. One can control such LEDs remotely, changing the level of lighting and spectrum of color. Due to LED technology, these smart lamps reduce power consumption.
Smart house control systems
There are still two basic categories of systems organizing smart home operations: independent assembling and off-the-shelf platforms. In the first case, each device is connected to systems manually and adjusted additionally; they are controlled via special apps. The second concept is user-friendly: one should just select compatible gadgets.
The most in-demand automatically adjusted smart house systems are Apple HomeKit and Google Home. The majority of smart household appliances will be synchronized with a certain platform this year. Amazon also has its own smart home control system, but it is available only in English. By the way, the most of its devices are supplied with US sockets, which is inconvenient for the Russian environment.
Offers of the Russian market
Currently, people can purchase both separate smart house control centers and comprehensive kits consisting of security sensors for controlling leakages, energy consumption, andheat input.
Eventually, similar systems can be connected to extra compatible devices and detectors such as wireless alarms, light sensors, movement sensors, as well as gadgets for entertainment and multimedia. They can be connected using Wi-Fi. Obtained information is processed by the smart center. The system sends signals to owner’s smartphones or tablets if necessary. The example is Ezviz starter sets available in Russian and compatible with Android and iOS.
As estimated by IDC, the market of smart home devices grew one-third last year. It is expected that the global market volume will reach 1.3 million devices by 2022. According to Svyaznoy-Euroset, these figures are increasing as well. Clients are interested in such smart house devices as IP and Wi-Fi cameras, smart sockets and sensors, intelligent weighing devices, door opening sensors, motion sensors, and smart home control centers.