The Internet of Things, also known as IoT, has radically changed the face of technology in terms of innovation and quality. It has taken over the security system space by providing connected products loaded with endless possibilities to make lives easier, more convenient and more comfortable.
According to Accenture’s 2014 State of the Internet of Things Study, 69 percent of consumers plan to buy an in-home device in the next five years.
Thus, it is good news for installers who are always looking forward to embracing new technologies and seek to position themselves as total security providers and consultants for their clients.
The Internet of Things revolves around increased machine-to-machine communication and serve a lot of benefits. They not only provide convenience to the users but also help to conserve energy. These devices are widely used in smart home systems but their use is not just limited to this. In the coming years, we will witness how every aspect of our lives get transformed by the Internet of Things.
As per BI Intelligence, the number of smart home devices shipped will grow from 83 million in 2015 to 193 million in 2020. This includes all smart appliances, smart home security and safety systems such as sensors, monitors, cameras and alarm systems, and smart home energy equipment, like smart thermostats and smart lighting.
‘’The IoT is going a long way and our industry is already leveraging many of the applications such as interactive services that enable the monitoring and control of video, lighting, thermostats, motion sensors and electronic locks to name a few”, says Adrian Mealing, Texecom’s Head of Industry Affairs.
However, Mealing cautions that dealers must consider which technologies can best match up with their current offerings. “The increasing rush of products in the market requires installers to carefully contemplate which products will add substance to their businesses.’’
How IoT is Benefiting the World at Large
The IoT has revolutionised the world in the following ways:
- Providing a more personalised and integrated experience to the users.
- In smart homes, these intelligent devices are used in body rhythms monitoring, improving sleep, interacting with special lighting systems to change brightness, colour or turn it off entirely.
- Their most common usage includes thermostats, Wi-Fi-enabled fridges and washing machines, connected lighting systems and motion sensors.
- Industrial automation and the industrial Ethernet has large numbers of connected sensor and control devices already.
Thanks to these benefits, the all-around applications of these devices are rising constantly. But, many electrical installers worry that installing IoT devices can be tricky and time-consuming. However, there are various IoT training courses available that can highly benefit installers to give them better insight into how to use these devices.
IoT is gradually mushrooming at a nonstop pace and has almost taken over the world. This is an opportunity for the security system installers and distributors to diversify their offerings and add value to their business.