Studies have found that British households are increasingly embracing smart home technologies. Home security is getting more intelligent.
About one third (31%) of British adults have adopted some form of smart security gadgets in their homes, according to a recent report of LaptopsDirect.co.uk.
Up to 52% of the respondents said they own outdoor CCTV systems; 35% have a video doorbell; 33% have installed smart alarm systems; 17% use door and window sensors and 12% chose smart door locks to keep their homes safe.
In addition, 41% of the respondents expressed greater concern about home security than before, and 38% of them said price is the most important factor when deciding whether to install smart devices in their homes.
Lastly, consumers aged 25 to 34 are the most likely to own smart devices in their homes, according to the survey.
LaptopsDirect.co.uk, an online retailer selling laptops and lifestyle gadgets, surveyed 2,001 British adults for this report.
According to another report published by research and consulting firm Delta-ee, there are more than 1.5 million homes in the UK with a smart thermostat installed, substantially higher than 500,000 from a year ago. The firm even predicted the number to reach one million by 2020.
British Gas is leading in the market and has sold 700,000 smart thermostats and 50,000 remote boiler diagnostics. Other companies like Shell-owned First Utility, boiler companies, home services businesses and insurance firms are also moving to the smart home market trying to grab a share.
Besides, the firm expected smart speakers such as Amazon Echo and Google Home to enter over 1.5 million UK households.
Smart speakers can serve as a gateway and users are starting to value home automation and to control devices remotely, said Delta-ee.
“Companies will try hard to lock customers into their own ecosystem. Much will depend on who can build that critical mass of users first and a smart approach to partnerships,” said Arthur Jouannic, a connected home expert at Delta-ee.