Integrated futuristic homes
In the home sector there is a global trend towards technologies that provide ease of living. Wireless internet of things (IoT) technologies and automated gadgets are popular with consumers who are looking to connect their devices and unify their digital experience.
By: Domenic Bayley
The forecast for growth in this sector is significant. The global home automation systems market is expected to reach $US68.1 billion by the end of 2025 due to rapid adoption of automated devices in households.
A report by market research firm Telsyte predicts that the average Australian home will have 30.7 connected devices by 2021.
Products such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant have found considerable success in the home consumer market, and vendors such as LG and Whirlpool are offering a range of products that are compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant.
Technology providers in Australia are well positioned to offer customised smart solutions for home automation. These include structured wiring, whole-house music and lighting control, climate control, automated shades and home theatre and security systems – to name just a few.
Automation can completely transform a home, turning it from a simple abode into an intuitive, futuristic living space. One such example is a private residence in Sydney’s Manly, completed by company Xcite Audio Visual.
Highlights of the whole-house project include a theatre room with 103-inch full HD plasma screen, 9.1 Meridian sound system, Axonix media-deck Blu-ray player and Dynalite intelligent lighting system throughout. All blinds, air-conditioning and visual equipment are operated by AMX Control Systems.
Intuitive and automated technologies are finding a foothold in the hospitality industry too. Audio and visual interfaces, touch screens, voice activation and on-demand video services all offer ways for hospitality managers to engage consumers in a competitive market.
One such example is a project completed by Intouch Electronics for the Katoomba Experience Centre to showcase the Blue Mountains’ panoramic landscape to visitors.
The centre’s old media playback system needed to be manually synced five times a day, a tiresome task for staff. The display was updated with five HD Panasonic laser projectors run by SpinetiX media players. The screens were synced using the media players’ software which prevented the need for manual updating. Staff now operate the system only once a day via a Creston touch-screen interface.