According to The Australian Financial Review today, the Australian market for the so-called "internet of things", or connected home devices, is tipped to grow by almost 11 times in the next four years, hitting $3.2 billion in 2019, new research from Telsyte has found.
Telsyte predicted that by 2019, the average household will contain 24 internet-connected devices, compared to an average of nine in 2015. This will be boosted by the widespread adoption of long-anticipated ideas such as internet-connected fridges, smart home security systems and sensor-driven smart energy systems in homes.
In its report Telsyte said a commitment by Samsung to connect 90 per cent of its new products to the internet by 2017 and all of them by 2020, was an indication that even non-tech savvy consumers would become more connected by default. It said companies not traditionally in the technology market, from Ikea to Breville, were starting to unveil their internet of things plans.
Teslyte analyst Steven Noble told The Australian Financial Review Australian consumers were likely to be early adopters of connected home products, and that it was becoming easier for everyday users to connect their homes.
"Until recently, a smart home automation system could be quite complex to design, install and use. However, the new generation of devices and services have emphasised simplicity," Mr Noble said.
"For example, Google's smart thermostat, the Nest, is simply a dial. It doesn't get simpler than that. Of course consumers will still have things to learn, but you can expect the smart devices in their home to actively teach them about home automation too. For example, you should expect devices like the Apple TV to detect new smart appliances that are brought into the home, and to offer to help set them up."
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