As a leading supplier of solutions and services for electrical installations, the company is also encouraging the building industry to ensure that greater volumes of automation technologies are included in future new builds to meet growing consumer expectations for more connectivity and control around the home.
Research undertaken by AMA Research says the UK home automation market is worth £160million annually. It has experienced significant growth since 2010 as home-owners seek out system solutions that include access, security, climate, lighting and shading controls, home entertainment and communication systems.
Technological advances driving the home automation market include the progress of wireless controls and LED lighting, but also incorporate the widening market for connected audio and visual content via home networks, and the adoption of ‘app’ driven control interfaces, according to AMA’s report.
Mervyn Knox, Area Sales Manager for Hager Northern Ireland, said, “The growth in demand for home automation technologies presents a great opportunity for the electrical industry. Consumer demand for solutions that provide greater connectivity and energy-saving capability within the home, as well as remote control of household functions, will only continue to intensify.
“More widely used buildings, such as colleges, can also benefit from smart solutions. Therefore, the electrical contracting industry should be arming itself with technical knowledge and installation expertise to capitalise on such potential domestic and commercial projects.”
Hager’s well-established home automation product portfolio is also backed by a technical support team to help provide expert guidance to specifiers and contractors looking to build a home automation offering.
The company’s Tebis KNX automation solution delivers a smart home management system for lighting, electrical, security, heating, air conditioning and entertainment. With flexible programming capability, it can be used to support the lifestyle requirements of the owners, and introduce efficiencies that, over time, can result in significant energy and financial savings. Installation is simplified via a single bus cable, ensuring projects can be completed quickly.
A free, one-day course on Tebis KNX is also available from Hager. Participants can learn about how they can design, install and commission bus systems for commercial and domestic installations with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience by programming the system as well.