This article was published on April 28th, 2016
There’s no doubt about it, Canadians are early adopters when it comes to technology. Smartphones, tablets, and other devices are in the palms of most Canadians, and have been for years. With a firm grip on technology, Canadians are quickly adopting smart technology inside their homes. This includes smart televisions, thermostats, lighting, appliances, security, and entry systems.
A recent study commissioned by TELUS, the leader in Canadian communication technology, found that 34% of Canadians have at least one smart home device in their home already, while 61% believe that smart home technology would benefit their lives.
“Smart home technology is shifting from early adopters into the mainstream as Canadians begin to realize the tremendous benefits that these devices can bring to them and their families,” said Rob Currie, vice-president of Mobile Devices at TELUS. “Today, we’re seeing basic functionality like controlling lighting or thermostats from our smartphones, but soon, innovations like biometric security systems, intelligent kitchens and home health solutions will make our lives so much safer, healthier and easier that smart home technology will become integral to our digital lifestyles.”
Over half of Canadians, 57%, believed the greatest benefits of living in a smarter home included saving money and being greener. There are products available that can sent instant notifications to your smartphone when your plants need watering, or give you the capability of being able to adjust the thermostat while you are away or before you get home.
Safety and security is always top-of-mind for both renters and homeowners, along with people who travel frequently. With smart home technology like the new August smart lock system it’s possible to lock and unlock your door from your smartphone. Take your home security to an entire new level with the Google Nest camera system, which can send a notification to your smart phone when motion is detected, which you can then log on to your camera within seconds to see what’s happening in real time.
What’s more is that like most technology, many of these items can be set up very quickly and easily, right out of the box, and integrated with easy-to-install apps. Now, instead of coming home to a hot house this summer, you can turn on the A/C when you’re leaving work, and as your approaching home, your smartphone or Apple watch can automatically unlock your front door, saving you from having to put down your briefcase and shopping bags while you hunt for your keys. It’s that simple!
Get your home geared up
Bring smart technology into your home with the help of TELUS. TELUS currently has two Connected Experience stores, one in Toronto’s Eaton’s Centre and the other in Edmonton’s Southgate Centre, and coming soon, 50 other TELUS retail stores across Canada will feature smart home technology solutions, including Phillips Hue lighting, August smart locks, and Nest products.