Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Smart Homes🏠


iReach Insights Press Release   

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  • 34% of adults in Ireland are likely to implement smart home technology in the future.
  • Only 10% of people in Ireland state they own a smart home, but 83% of them say it makes life much easier.
  • 45% fear that people could steal personal data concerning their daily life habits and over one-third (36%) are concerned that someone could spy on them because they have a smart home.
  • The majority (80%) who have a smart home would recommend a smart home to anyone who is thinking about getting one and 45% can’t imagine living without one any more.
  • 18% of people in Ireland use an “Intelligent Voice Assistant” and 68% state that they are useful.
  • Almost the half of people in Ireland (49%) think that app technology offers more advantages than disadvantages.
Although new technology has many benefits, people who have smart homes still have concerns about their smart homes. 45% fear that people could steal personal data concerning their daily life habits and 36% are concerned that someone could spy on them because they have a smart home. Also, almost the half (48%) state that smart home technology is expensive. Interestingly, Men (50%) seem to find that smart home technology more complicated than women (24%).
Overall, the majority (80%) would recommend a smart home to anyone who is thinking about getting one and 45% can’t imagine living without it any more. Looking to the future and of those who don’t live in a smart home already, 34% are likely to implement smart home technology in the future.
Furthermore, 71% think that children should learn in school how to properly choose and use apps, which shows how far technology has integrated itself into Irish society. Technology is becoming a bigger part of our lives and people agree that children should be taught this in school.


 
Smart homes are becoming increasingly popular and with improvements in technology, implementation of smart homes will increase if people in Ireland embrace this technology which can allow for an easier way of living. It is not surprising that so called “smart technology” is on the rise and we are able to connect on. iReach Insights conducted a nationally representative survey and 1,000 adults were asked about their opinion about smart technology in general and smart homes, meaning a home equipped with lighting, heating, and electronic devices that can be controlled remotely by a smartphone or computer.

18% of people in Ireland currently use an “Intelligent Voice Assistant” like Alexa, Siri or the Google-Assistant and 68% state that they are useful.

Unexpectedly, only one in ten adults in Ireland own a smart home. The majority of them (83%) think that a smart home makes their life much easier. Furthermore, 72% say they are more relaxed since they can control their home from wherever they are and nearly two-thirds (62%) feel safer at home because of it. In terms of the financial reward, 64% of people in Ireland who own a smart home state that implementing smart technology has saved them money.

In light of these results, it remains to be seen how the technology industry will deal with the concerns of privacy and potential hacker-attacks. All in all, it seems that smart technology has more positive effects on people’s lives than one may expect. This is also confirmed by the fact that almost the half of people in Ireland (49%) think that app technology offers more advantages than disadvantages.


For more information on these research findings please feel free to call iReach on 01-2143740 or email to oisin.byrne@ireachhq.com


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