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With the proliferation of mobile devices and internet connectivity in everyday life, the smart home concept has picked up momentum as smartphones increasingly become the central hub of connected home technology. More than 91 per cent of the UAE population owned at least one smartphone last year according to Ipsos, while a typical family home in a mature, affluent market is predicted to contain more than 500 smart devices by 2022, according to a study by Gartner.
''While a number of elements are still new to many homeowners, the interest and adoption of smart home technology is becoming increasingly common in the UAE,'' said Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice-President of Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). ''Smartphones are the ultimate universal remote controls and most visitors come to the show with a touch screen in hand – we want to demonstrate the exceptional connectivity and tech-intelligence that it can unlock in their homes.''
The Smart Home Experience Zone at the recent Shopper Smart Living exhibition, which was co-located with Gitex Shopper Spring at DWTC, showcased various solutions to control the latest smart home appliances with just an internet connection and a mobile device. The Smart Home Experience Zone offered tech enthusiasts and shoppers practical applications of smart home technology, including connected security devices, home automation kits, next generation security cameras, intelligent household sensors and alarms.
Designed to look like a high-tech dream home, the Smart Home Experience Zone was a dedicated area that demonstrated the userfriendliness of smart home systems.
''The benefits of incorporating smart technology and home automation into your home extend beyond the wow factor — this is about using technology that works to deliver convenience, comfort, efficiency and sustainability, while accommodating your lifestyle and needs,'' said LohMirmand.
Source: Property Weekly