UAE homes are becoming “smarter by the second” says Axiom
UAE homes are witnessing a momentous smart transformation, with security and entertainment services taking lead
The increased adoption of smart technologies have transformed UAE households into smart homes, according to mobility reseller Axiom Telecom.
Smarter technologies have provided home owners with a layer of comfort and convenience, with applications that enable UAE residents to remotely switch off the lights and air conditioning or watch over family members or check-in whilst they are away.
Fahad Al Bannai, CEO Axiom Telecom, believes the GCC, in particular the UAE and Saudi Arabia, will play an important role in this rapid global growth.
"If you look at the population here in the UAE, you see many millennials who are growing into adulthood and starting to have families, yet are still passionate about exploring the world and advancing their careers," said Al Bannai. "Many of them will rely on technology to help them strike that balance between home, work, and leisure. Today's mobile applications, backed by a reliable 4G - soon to be 5G - data network, make it possible to stay connected wherever life takes them."
According to research firm MarketsandMarkets, the smart home market, classified on the basis of products in lighting, security and access, HVAC, entertainment, healthcare, and kitchenware, is expected to reach $121.73bn by 2022.
Furthermore the UAE's telecommunication operators, Etisalat and du, have also contributed to the smart home evolution. Etisalat offers ‘Smart Living', an approach to home automation that integrates home monitoring, security, safety, and air conditioning management into one system that can be managed from a smartphone, tablet, or computer.
du is following suit by bringing smart home solutions, ranging from surveillance and monitoring to entertainment automation, through the operator's partnership with PCCW Global, an international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong's telecommunications service provider.
Axiom also offers a host of smart home solutions, ensuring that integration and user-friendliness is key to encouraging more residents to install home automation and smart home technology.
Al Bannai concluded: "This migration from offline to online home management is an important step in assimilating homes across the UAE into the country's Smart City future. It can help save and conserve energy, thus playing a supplemental role in sustainability.
"It can significantly raise the quality of life for UAE residents, redefining the way they handle day-to-day tasks. And it can enhance the entertainment experience. The possibilities are endless, but a unified approach through cross-industry collaboration is crucial to making this a positive and valuable experience for the end-user."