Automation technology is increasingly mature in industrial manufacturing, and software and hardware vendors are gradually shifting their focus to other areas. At the same time, in order to highlight the market segmentation of their own construction projects, the construction industry began to look for elements of added product value. With the consensus on both sides of the supply and demand, the smart home market is rapidly taking shape. From the perspective of the global market, according to the statistics from StrategyAnalytics, the global smart home market has reached 17 billion US dollars in 2014. It is also predicted that the smart home will be in 2020 The Internet of Things market is expected to reach a market size of US $ 51.77 billion.
Smart homes are different from the digital homes Intel has promoted in the past, and they belong to very different fields. The digital home uses various communication technologies to connect the home's audio and video entertainment in the same network, while the smart home takes the automation control system as the main body and connects security, air conditioning, electricity, lighting and other equipment to create a comfortable living environment.
Smart homes have been developed in European and American countries for a long time. These areas have regarded "automatic control systems" as home equipment, not just technology products. Its relationship with buildings is as inseparable as lights, kitchen utensils, and air conditioners. For European and American buildings, automation systems are part of the basic building materials.
In Asia, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea are moving faster. Japan started around 2000 and was the earliest country to start. As for Korea and Taiwan, they were promoted in 2004 and 2005. Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea all have policies behind them. From the perspective of Taiwan, the government In the past few years, "smart living space" has been listed as an important topic of SRB meetings, and a series of policies have been formulated to promote industrial growth.
Although China started slowly, it is recognized as the fastest growing country for smart homes. China categorizes smart homes in the overall development of the Internet of Things and incorporates them into the "Twelfth Five-Year Plan". According to China Communications Network, the total value of China's Internet of Things reached 365 billion yuan in 2012, of which smart homes accounted for about 30%, and the converted output value was about 120 billion yuan. China's main advantage comes from the lack of infrastructure in the past. Under the one-step thinking, most new buildings will directly introduce the latest technology, so the market demand is quite huge.
Although the market is growing at different speeds, the types of automation technology used in homes are quite consistent, and are selected by four fixed types including fire protection and safety, energy monitoring and management, environmental control, and alarm security. These application-type hardware architectures are nothing more than sensors and communication equipment, which are then uniformly controlled through a management platform. The concept of this type of technology has been known for some time. In the past, it was called the sensing network. In the past two years, the application has been expanded and extended, and the name has been changed to the Internet of Things. Although the concept of the architecture is not new, under the continuous advancement of sensing, communication, and software platform technologies, its applications and performance are no longer comparable to those of previous systems.
In addition to the above four types of functions, there are also many automation technologies such as remote care, which have also been applied to the home and building fields. However, in terms of breadth and depth of application, these four categories are still the main ones. As for integration with digital home systems such as audiovisual entertainment, the current trend is still not obvious. The application of home automation technology is basically consistent with Maslow's theory of needs. In the early stages of development, physiological requirements and safety functions were the first step in system design. After these two types of requirements were met, socialization, respect, and self-realization Relevant functional designs will appear. This also indicates that there is still considerable room for growth in the development of the smart home market, and the future market potential is still worth looking forward to.