Home Automation, a emerging sector between new trends and technological innovation

The houses of the future will be characterized by an increasing degree of technological integration; in other words, home environments will become more and more ‘smart’ thanks to the use of sophisticated remote control systems for devices and systems. The development of living space from this point of view is largely due home automationthe discipline that develops integrated solutions to improve the quality of life in the home.

The market for Smart Home products is characterized by a number of trends that have emerged over the last two years. In particular, there is an increasing attention for e.g. security systems and access control: The average user prefers simple and user-friendly solutions that at the same time guarantee an adequate degree of protection against any cyber attack.

In the commercial field, integrated systems for temperature detection and other controls associated with anti-covid prevention measures remain widespread.

Another consolidated trend is in terms of units toenergy efficiency; the possibility of programming activation and deactivation of the climate and heating systems helps to improve the house’s energy efficiency and avoid waste and excessive consumption. It is no coincidence that among the most important innovations in the sector are also digital thermostats that connect to the home’s Wi-Fi, which can be controlled remotely, even via the app. From this point of view, there is an important novelty: the new one thermostat with Wi-Fi or 4G LTE module presented in March last year of Vimara company specializing in solutions for civil engineering, also available online through e-commerce such as Emmebistore. In addition to the new thermostat, which has an LED matrix display, Vimar has also developed another model, the Eikon Tactil, a flat-mounted thermostat with wheels and a ring and LED display.

A sector in constant growth

Despite the setback caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, home automation is a growing sector; last year, the sector actually recorded a growth of 29% compared to 2020, which shows how the negative effects of the pandemic crisis have already been written off, albeit in part. In addition, the Internet of Things sector for the “Smart Home” sector in Italy reached € 650 million, according to data collected by the Internet of Things Observatory at the Politecnico di Milano.

The segments driving the sector are mainly three: connected household appliances (€ 135 million), smart speakers (€ 130 million) and home security solutions (125). The figure for 2021 remains positive, although compared to those before the pandemic; in 2019 – the last ‘useful’ year from this point of view – the total business volume was 530 million euros, a figure that is the result of a growth of 23% compared to 2018.

Market growth“- Observer Giulio Salvadori and Angela Tumino, Directors of the Internet of Things Observatory -“it could have been even larger, but in the last twelve months it has been limited by the lack of semiconductors and raw materials. This led to a significant sales deficit equivalent to approximately 75 million euros“. Potentially, therefore, the Italian market for smart home devices could have benefited from a growth of 45%, a percentage in line with the main European countries (still far away in terms of total sales volume). The United Kingdom (+ 43 %) and Germany (+ 37%) are the two reference markets, also in terms of business volume (both of which are around EUR 4 billion), while Italy is close to France (+ 16% compared to 2020), where the total value of the sector is worth 1.3 billion euros.

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