Italians’ houses are increasingly high-tech

That virtual world it has now become an integral part of our daily lives, so much so that the homes of Italians adapt to the new realitythe Internet of Things. This market is constantly expanding and its absolute value in Italy currently posing 650 million euros. But what are the objects that drive the sale of smart homes in Italy? Other consumption, to discover how many consumers use smart objects, it implemented oneinvestigation (DOWNLOAD ALL REPORTS HERE) it involves 1,817 citizens who were asked if they had at least one item with intelligent functionality in their home (except smartphones and tablets).

Smart TV in 72% of homes

From data fromInternet of Things Observatory by Politecnico di Milano it emerges that 46% of Italians have at least one “smart” device, ie connected to the network. Smart TV is the most present object in the homes of our country (72%), followed by voice assistants (Alexa, Google Home, Siri) able to control household items via the wi-fi network with 29%, printers and smart bulbs (23% and 20% respectively). Next, the connected appliances, including washing machine (17%), refrigerator (13%) and dishwasher (10%).

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Six out of 10 respondents do not find the smart features particularly useful for household appliances. 72% of the respondents, on the other hand, found the intelligent function very useful for controlling especially the rooms inside the home via the security cameras. In addition to the cameras, the smart features are especially appreciated for voice assistants, bulbs and smart thermostat, to remotely control light and heat.

But a third encounters functional problems

It is possible to run into functional problems while using smart devices, in fact 1/3 of consumers interviewed by Altroconsumo say they have had at least one problem with smart devicesespecially with topics such as TVprinters and dryers. The biggest difficulties encountered are those related to controlling the device via the app (43% of those who had problems)free wi-fi (36%)follow them with the app or software (32%) and program errors after an update (30%). It is possible that the bear services are caused by having to download multiple applications to control multiple objectsThis is because each brand has its own closed operating systems and protocols. This does it it is impossible to interact between the different devices, especially when it comes to household appliances. A possible solution adopted by the major players in the sector such as Samsung, Amazion, Google and Apple plans to create a single consortium in the future, Matter, to produce compatible certified smart devices.

Bigger energy savings, but the safety issue persists

Buying a smart device allows consumers to save on bills. E.g smart thermostat optimizes the use of the heating system and helps reduce waste, programming its operation and monitoring its consumption. Some models independently identify usage habits based on respondents’ needs. Self smart bulbs falls into this category, activated by motion sensors connected to the network.

In this scenario will 69% of the respondents say that they are afraid that their sensitive data able to falls into the hands of private companies (while the percentage of state-owned companies falls to 53%) without their permission. This is a risk associated with the huge circulation of data that arises due to the activation of each device through the respective apps. To prevent any damage, manufacturers must ensure IT security and protect privacy their consumers; the latter should adopt some precautions to defend themselves in a deliberate manner against possible intrusion. For example, it is recommended to use more complex passwords, a two-factor recognition through a self-generated code, and to turn off the devices when not in use in such a way that they interrupt the data flow.

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