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2018: The Year of the Smart Home?

2018: The Year of the Smart Home?

The Smart Home

There has been a growing buzz around the 'smart home' in the last few years. It is estimated that by 2020, 91 million homes in Europe and North America will be smart.

Unsurprisingly, a study by market researcher GfK showed that 91% of UK and US consumers are aware of the term 'smart home'. However, you might be surprised to hear that smart home technology (or 'home automation') has been around for over 100 years. The very first 'smart home' appliances included the washing machine, fridge, and water heaters.

In 2018, the smart home has evolved to include home security systems, lighting and heating control, and even CO2 sensors to protect and control your home remotely. Smart home technology is now considered to be the most likely tech development that will significantly impact our everyday lives, followed by mobile payments and 3D printing.


How Can Smart Technology Protect Your Home?

55% of consumers believe that the most appealing thing about smart home technology is increased security. A video home security system is one of the most effective ways of monitoring your home when you're not there, so here are some tips on how to make the most out of your smart home monitoring system:

Place visible signs outside your property letting people know that you have a security camera system installed. This will act as a deterrent to potential burglars.

Similarly, an outside camera system will deter criminals and also show you who is outside your home.

It is a good idea to install a camera with a view of your main front or back door, so you will then be notified immediately if someone enters the house.

If possible, place several cameras in different areas so that several rooms are covered.

Take a look at our range of indoor and outdoor Blink cameras to see how you can maximise your home security and make your home smarter.

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