Home-automation devices struggled for decades as complex equipment and setups limited their foothold in the market to the techie crowd. The recent widespread adoption of wireless Internet in homes; the growing use of powerful smartphones; and the falling cost of wireless technology have given the industry another shot at winning over less tech-savvy households.
“Smart homes are rapidly becoming mainstream,” says Joe Dada, CEO of industry pioneer Insteon, an Irvine-based company. “Our customers love having the ability to adjust indoor temperatures, set their lighting for a variety of conditions, monitor their homes when they travel, and even open and close their garage door for a guest or service call, from anywhere in the world, using their mobile device or computer.”
The number of remotely controlled “smart home” devices installed in North American houses grew by 75 percent to 10.2 million in 2014, according to the Berg Insight consultancy.
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