2015 has been filled with buzzwords such as the ‘Smart Home’ and the ‘Internet of Things’ that would usually go straight over our heads. However, the last few months have really propelled these ideas into consumer consciousness with big-named brands such as Samsung and Apple moving into the smart market place.

For those unfamiliar with the term, the smart home is a house equipped with lighting, heating, and electronic devices all controlled remotely. It works symbiotically with the Internet of Things meaning everyday objects can send and receive data, adjusting how they operate to suit those living in the home.

So what’s next? Research by Yale, GFK and iControl all indicate smart security as the key driver for the smart market with 90% of consumers agreeing that security is the most important factor for smart home adoption*. The Yale commissioned survey, revealed the top two features consumers expect in a smart home is the ability to remotely lock doors and windows and to view CCTV footage via a smartphone from anywhere in the world. So why is security the ‘go to’ for consumers and how will this help the smart home market grow in 2016?

Security is becoming more prevalent to consumers. News reports repeatedly claim that crime is on the rise and the latest methods of gaining access to properties are becoming more sophisticated. Additionally, the average UK household has contents worth £45,000** and approximately seven Internet connected devices***, demonstrating the need to protect these expensive valuables.

Smart security systems also appeal to modern lifestyles. Busy homeowners can now receive notifications, emails and even images of their home once sensors have been triggered from connected devices. This complements customer desires to have access to their home anywhere at anytime providing extra peace of mind.

Security products will help grow the market as even if homeowners purchase smart products through a different driver such as heating or entertainment as research shows that they will still purchase security products as add-ons to keep their properties and belongings safe.

Just as smart security is providing a gateway into the smart home market, smart locks provide a convenient entrance into the smart home.

Yale’s Keyfree and Keyless Connected Smart Locks allow you to access your home remotely, with the option to use a PIN code, key card, key tag, remote fob, or even a smartphone when connected to a smart home system such as Samsungs SmartThings.

Yale Keyfree Connected Smart Lock

You can add up to 20 separate PIN codes and grant guests such as cleaners, carers or anyone who’s forgotten or lost a key, convenient access. The smart locks also keep track of who’s coming and going through the door and at what time; ideal for anyone paying for home services. To find out more information about Yale’s connected smart locks, please visit www.yale.co.uk.

*iControl

**AA Premiums Index

***The Guardian