Challenges and Opportunities Related to Smart Homes

Aastha Soni A

“You get up in the morning and with just a click on the phone, you switch on the lights, open the curtains, and switch off the air conditioner. You realize that you need to take a shower and with a click on the app, you start the geyser in the bathroom and with another click, the water starts flowing in the bucket.  Once the bucket is full, the geyser and water automatically stop.

You realize that it’s a Sunday and that your friends are waiting for you at a café. You quickly grab a meal, take a bath, and rush outside the house. With a click on your phone, you close the door. While you are driving your car, you recollect that the fan and the tube light of the dining hall have been left open.  You click on the phone and switch off the electricity of the entire house.”

This is not a dream sequel of a film, this is how automated homes work. 

Technology is human’s best friend and has become indispensable over time. With newer things being invented over time, change seems to be the only constant. 

Technology is always simplifying/making things easier for humans and after cars, cities, and phones, humans have started using smart appliances in their homes. Smart homes have already been established in the developed countries but have just stepped on the door in developing countries.

The home automation market was worth US$5.77 billion in 2013 and was predicted to reach a market value of US$12.81 billion by the year 2020.

If we talk about the smart homes, they have all the facilities which monitor and control home appliances such as lighting, climate, entertainment systems, home security systems, thermostats, refrigerator control, access control, and alarm systems that are connected through the internet and can be accessed through a mobile phone, tablet or a laptop.

However, several challenges are lying ahead for smart homes in India.  One of the biggest challenges is that Indian homes do not receive 24*7 electricity and most of the states in India still face huge challenges to meet growing power demand

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Challenges Lying Ahead for Smart Homes in India

As per a JLL India, there is only 3-4 percent of smart homes in India. The biggest residential builders like Hiranandani Developers, DLF, Lodha group, Prestige group, Modi Builders, Shoba Developers provide smart homes only in the luxury segment across major cities of India.  

However, smart homes still look like a distant dream for the affordable and mid-affordable segment. Let us consider some of the challenges one by one:

  1. Timeless & seamless Internet

All the smart devices, appliances, and revolutionary technologies need timeless and seamless Internet. Internet connectivity and its reliability is still unpredictable or simply insufficient in our country. Even though India is going through a digital revolution, poor and insufficient internet is a major concern in our country

  1. Infrastructural Systems

The infrastructural systems like smart power grids, smart sanitation systems, smart water supply, and similar smart building management systems which are extremely crucial for appliances to operate are still uncommon in a developing country like India

  1. Cost 

Cost is a major factor when it comes to automated homes. Currently, the market supply of automated devices in India is less as the global market players are under the impression that the Indian market is not ready or educated enough for advanced devices. 

Several Indian start-ups are aiming to make affordable smart home appliances at lower costs and we can expect that there would be light at the end of the tunnel.

  1. Knowledge

One of the biggest challenges for individual homeowners is a lack of knowledge and negotiation power. Individual homeowners looking to automate their homes should look for expert home automation consultants. Once you understand your needs and determine what exactly you want to automate in your home, you need to consult the experts who provide interior design expertise and design consultancy. 

To Summarize

The present Indian government is pro-technology and is taking a lot of efforts including launching initiatives like the Make in India initiative and the Digital India campaign to boost technological innovations by providing subsidies to innovators and techno startups.

It is a matter of time that we witness “digital homes” at the nook and corner of every lane as the best Indian minds are currently leading the world in terms of technology. The goal is to expand the reachability of smart homes to every Indian home which is only limited to luxury homes right now. 

At Roodland, we understand your desires and determine which smart home appliances are best for your home that will suit all your needs at a minimal cost. We utilize our technical knowledge and provide you options for ease of connectivity and help integrate your systems to deliver you a truly seamless automated smart home.

Whether it is the lighting controls, electric window shades, temperature controls, audio/video system controls, music for the home, security systems, camera, smart doorbells, and locks, Roodland serves your needs after complete discussions and talks

If you have any questions or queries with regards to real estate, our residential experts are always there to help and guide you. Do mail us all your queries at Roodland community is dedicated to regularly educate our customers and make them aware of their rights. Roodland makes your dream come true. 


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