Home automation experts have heard the message loud and clear: simplify, simplify, simplify.
As exciting as the ultimate smart home may seem, end users want control of their home automation devices. Many homeowners have thought about their priorities before they talk to dealersâ€”they want their home technology working for them, not vice versa.
Rob Puric, director of the connected home division at Honeywell, based in Morristown, N.J., said his companyâ€™s research produced feedback from end users such as, â€œHelp me save moneyâ€ and â€œThis feature gives me joy, comfort â€¦ I just want connectednessâ€ as well as simplicity, quality and control.
For example, Puric said, people â€œwant a second keypad as a backup. They want something to reach for in the middle of the night in the master bedroom.â€ At Icontrol Networks, based in Redwood City, Calif., Greg Roberts, VP of marketing, said the companyâ€™s state-of-home-automation report taught his team valuable lessons.
â€œThe key thing from the report is that the smart home has to address common, daily needs of consumers in their home,â€ Roberts said. â€œThe fun and cool technologies, the bells and whistlesâ€”they are not going to drive the mass market for the consumer home. The questions consumers are asking are, â€˜What can address my daily life? What can help me manage my home and family?â€™ â€
Standard home automation features in 2015 generally refer to integrated devices that control lighting, thermostats, geo-fencing technology, video cameras, entertainment technologies, house door locks and garage door access.