In December 2016, the number of smart homes, households hyperconnected and equipped with a network of smart devices, manufactured in Europe and the United States, exceeded 30 million units. North America, as a whole, remains the largest market in the world of smart homes, characterized mainly by the activation of digital and connected meters for energy efficiency (smart meters).
Only in the USA at the end of 2016, there were 21.8 million smart homes, with a growth rate (Carg) of 47% per year. According to Berg Insight (BI) data, by the year 2021, technologically advanced homes will surpass 73 million, or 55% of American private homes.
Undoubtedly behind the European Union, which according to the study presents only 8.5 million smart homes at the end of last year. A market for the slow growth moment, but the report estimates an increase, with + 57% expected in the next five years, for almost 81 million smart homes in 2021 (36% of total housing).
By uniting the two markets, the Euro-American panorama of smart homes would have more than 150 million technologically advanced homes by 2021.
In both markets, the main technology used in the home is Internet of Things, with smart meters, security systems (video surveillance and sensors), music listening systems, intelligent television, remote controlled irrigation / lighting systems, electrical appliances in the network with which to communicate through the mobile application, systems for the optimization of water resources, plants to generate electricity and heat from renewable energy sources and much more.
Regarding smart meters, always BI, it is estimated that by the end of 2016 there were 10.1 million new installed between the US. UU And Europe, with a growth of 67% compared to 2015. But smart meters for energy efficiency at home will grow even more in the coming years and by 2020 could reach the figure of 78 million between Europe and the United States.