Almost one in three consumers has installed at least one smart home device, according to a study of 4,000 consumers in France, Germany, UK and USA by Futuresource Consulting. Analyst Filipe Oliveira points out that once consumers have installed one device they are likely to want to automate other areas of their home.
“Across all segments, 30% of consumers expect to control more of their homes wirelessly in the near future. However, the number is substantially higher among those who already own at least one smart home device, with 89% of advanced users expecting to control more of their homes wirelessly in the next 6 to 12 months,” he said.
Smart home security products, smart lighting and smart thermostats are among the most popular smart home devices.
Voice Personal Assistant (VPA) speakers are another important driver of smart home adoption. The most common application is music streaming, though a substantial number of respondents use their VPA speakers for home automation purposes such as controlling the heating or lighting.
Almost a third of respondents received their VPA speaker as a gift, in some cases bundled with a smart home device.