Top 3 Smart Home Features NRIs Can Find In India
Smart homes, which seemed like a distant dream, will soon be a reality. In next two to three years, the concept is expected to become one of the prerequisites for any homebuyer. The degree of automation and artificial intelligence may vary depending on the cost of property, but, there is no second thought that homebuyers would begin to ask for a smart home.
A larger demand is expected from the non-resident Indians (NRI). Already witnessing the concept in the countries they are living in, when investing in India this will be a feature they would look forward to. Several real estate developers in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Delhi-NCR (National Capital Region) have already taken this future trend into account.
Appliances will talk to each other and Internet of Things (IoT) will take that to an all new level. If industry reports are to be believed, the IoT market will be$1.7 trillion by 2020. This number in itself is a testimony to the kind of popularity IoT enjoys.
Smart technologies will make homes more safe and efficient. Here are the top three areas in which smart homes technologies will be more evident soon:
Safety and security: A number of projects in India have installed surveillance systems that record each and every movement in a public area around the project as well as the homes inside. While Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) systems have become a common feature for overall campus surveillance, some real estate developers have gone a step ahead and installed advanced security features right at the doorsteps of the apartments.
You can notice biometric access control in common areas as well as apartment entrance. This completely eliminates unauthorised access inside a property.
Taking technology to the next level, one can monitor the inside view of their home remotely. For instance, if you are a working couple and your home is managed by a full-time caretaker, then you can get such surveillance system installed for remote monitoring.
Even if you want to rent out the property, having such features would attract high-end tenants who may find these facilities as a value addition.
Energy efficiency: With increasing awareness about energy efficiency and carbon footprint, it will be no surprise that more and more people will go for properties that have in-built capabilities to save energy. Many developers have started considering smart energy systems in common areas as well.
For instance, there are projects in which the underground parking lots have sensors that switch on lights only when there is a movement of objects. This one practice can save a lot of electricity as most times the movement of cars is limited to certain hours in a day. Similarly, such sensors can also be installed inside the house in order to automatically switch off lights and fans in unused areas.
Many housing projects are getting designed in a way so that there is the best use of natural light. Solar power systems are a common sight; soon you won't be able to even notice solar rooftops, once solar tiles are launched in India. Wait for some more months and smart walls will be a part of your life soon.
Routine errands: As smart homes will be more closely integrated with IoT, you won't have to worry about the maintenance schedules of your general home devices including refrigerators, air-conditioners, washing machines, microwave ovens, television screens, multimedia systems, etc.
They will notify you what needs to be done with them well in advance via emails and messaging applications. If you set an auto-trigger, they will even notify their respective service centers.
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