Know Your Stuff: Growing demand for smart home living – The Edge Markets MY

Interest in smart homes has increased as they are changing the way we live in a positive way. Technology plays a key role in home automation, which can free up time and, in some cases, help save money. What is a smart home and how does it work?

According to Samsung Malaysia Electronics Sdn Bhd head of consumer electronics Jimmy Tan, the whole idea behind smart home technology is to bring convenience and comfort into one’s home, making everyday life easier for the entire family. It also provides a more seamless experience for users when it comes to the appliances they own.

“With a few taps on one’s mobile device or tablet, one can easily control, sync, schedule or navigate the home appliances. This is evident in artificial intelligence-powered automation, where consumer behaviour is analysed to anticipate users’ usage patterns to suit their lifestyle,” he says.

With more time being spent at home, it is natural that the use of smart devices has increased, says Tan. The change in lifestyle during the Covid-19 pandemic, with everything being done at home, is one of the contributors. There has definitely been an increase in demand when it comes to smart home living, where residents seek more comfort, protection and control as well as a lifestyle that makes life easier, more efficient and effortless.

Adrian Heong Peng Wei, senior manager for strategic business to business development at Panasonic Malaysia Sdn Bhd, reckons that in the pre-pandemic era, a smart home was more a want than a need, where people could control everything from lighting to blinds/curtains and electrical appliances from the palm of their hands.

“Since the pandemic, however, smart technologies are being geared towards the wellness aspect. For instance, one can opt for an air circulation system that automatically controls humidity and temperature in each room, or have the lighting system and air conditioning synchronised to optimise sleeping conditions and facilitate natural waking,” he says.

Savills Malaysia Sdn Bhd managing director Datuk Paul Khong concurs, saying that the pandemic has helped quicken the pace and adoption of technological advancements. A good smart home will improve the performance of home appliances by providing both comfort and convenience. It allows the control of home devices from any location, ultimately increasing home security and energy efficiency.

Millennials continue to place a high value on technology and tend to pay more for homes or rental properties that include linked home devices. “Keyless access, voice-activated living, one-touch ambience management and self-learning technologies are some tools that facilitate our daily habits. Smart home technology has been introduced in several residential projects, including Gamuda Land’s Gamuda Cove in the southern Klang Valley, OSK Property’s Ryan & Miho in Petaling Jaya and IJM Land Bhd’s Swans @ Bandar Rimbayu in Selangor,” says Khong.

IOI Properties Group Bhd has introduced the IOISmartHome at some of its residential projects, including Almyra Residence and Palmyra Residence in Bandar Puteri Bangi, Sky Condominium in Bandar Puteri Puchong, Zentro Residences in Puchong South and Conezion Residences in IOI Resort City, Putrajaya.

“The features include a wireless smart switch, customisable scenes, smart switch, voice assistant, door/window motion sensor, an alarm system and remote system to control all the infrared (IR) remote devices in one application. More is expected from the smart home angle in future developments, especially with the presence of 5G capability,” he says.

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