Consumers are more aware of smart home devices, and plan to purchase more of such devices in the future, a survey commissioned by PlumChoice and the Z-Wave Alliance reveals.
Titled "2016: Year of the Smart Device," the survey highlights the need for companies to provide consumers a user experience allowing smart home devices to easily fit into their lives. It states 52% of respondents plan to buy a smart device in the next 2 years, while 84% of smart device owners might buy another in the next 2 years.
The majority of consumers own a 4-6 smart home devices, and 61% have interconnected at least some of those devices. As such, interoperability is a key factor as consumers add more connected devices.
Smart appliances (smart refrigerator, washer/dryer etc) and smart smoke detectors are among the smart home products with the highest Y-o-Y growth, with 267% and 250% respectively. All types of services and support expected from brands has increased since 2015, with installation support listed as a top need (68%).