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09 Jul 2020 by Schneider Electric
I believe we all have been seeing much clearer skies, nature blooming, and birds visiting our garden more than ever recently. For a moment during the lockdown, we saw the better sides of this pandemic, how nature recovered from human interference. However, eliminating climate change is not that quick and unfortunately, its subtle but enormous ripple effects are still continuing, which will eventually disrupt our lives and nature’s balance.
A reminder of Net-Zero
It was June 2019 that the UK government has officially signed the Net Zero target to be legislated and mandated in order to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050. There is over £400 million to be invested in public and private buildings which includes the Smart Meters program and other innovations bringing energy-efficient solutions also to the residential space. So, while the government is publishing policies, investing in infrastructure development, and technology, being a part of this social change is the sooner the better.
There are many ways to use energy in an efficient way, and even more to save energy and to act more responsible towards nature. It starts with changing our mindset which might lead to a change in lifestyle, then of course choosing the right products and services while being conscious that it needs an active contribution from every individual by using the technology in the right way.
Home Automation and Lighting Controls Market Overview
We have been discussing IoT for the last 10-20 years, its benefits serving to sustainability and efficiency, how it could and would change the industry. IoT is in our homes now, this shows how the base technology is accepted by other areas leaking into our daily lives. Our devices are communicating with each other and be it our smartphones or any kind of visualization platform, we are also communicating with them. This is how it is and is going to be. The home automation market is currently considered to be in an early high development growth stage, which is forecasted to grow by a further 50% between 2019 and 2023, with market value reaching an estimated level of £271m by 2023, according to AMA Market Report UK 2019-2023.
Not only residential but also non-domestic commercial lighting control and luminaires space, dominating 48% of the market, has gained momentum and forecasted to grow every year, after its major increase of 44% in 2013 compared to 2018 figures. It will be fair to say that it is obvious that it will definitely require a strong hand amongst the competition for all who wish to stay in the game.
Silver Economy on the Rise
Considering the demographic influence over the years, at one end of the spectrum the young to middle-aged consumers are still a key target area for home automation products as they tend to be more technologically aware. However, at the other end of the scale, the older generation* may be seen as potentially a significant further market for equipment suppliers to consider. Less technically aware but nevertheless the older aged population is an important demographic sector to target particularly for products that increase security, help to reduce costs, and are easy and convenient to use. In addition, vulnerable people and those requiring care are an important and expanding market for future automation products. These all mean that soon enough it will dawn on us that the market will expand its borders in order to cover the new “automation as a requirement” space, in addition to the high-end luxury environment.
* Between 2020 and 2030, it is estimated that the number of people age 65 or over will increase by 18% to 14.7 million. AMA MARKET REPORT – UK 2019-2023
A Unique Experience: C-Bus
When it comes to centralized building automation platforms, they are expected to be built to integrate many vertical monitoring and control systems with different digital languages allowing new technologies and brands to be added on, mainly covering but not limited to energy metering, HVAC, lighting, security cameras, etc. This smart infrastructure is highly appreciated for bringing energy efficiency, security, convenience, comfort, and many more. It is never simple to create a system from scratch where you are framed with customer special requirements but with trusted quality and expertise, you, “building experts”, are crafting your own piece of art. It can either be a part of a whole building control system or be a stand-alone lighting project, in home automation and commercial lighting control you are challenged with time constraints, last-minute modifications driven by changing customer tastes and needs, and most of the time with competition.
A strong response to these challenges is C-Bus to those who want to be unique yet competitive among other home automation and commercial lighting control solution providers. C-Bus is celebrating its 26th age this year in the home automation and commercial building lighting control sector.
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