Airtel to enter home automation and smart home segments soon

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Bharti Airtel is betting big on the budding home automation and smart home segment in India. According to a recent Economic Times report, the telecommunications giant is planning to play a leading role in this entirely new segment that is slated to see significant growth in the next few years. The home automation segment is likely to be driven by Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine solutions. Currently companies like Samsung and Honeywell play a dominant role in this segment.

While rudimentary forms of home automation systems do exist in India, the entire segment is likely to experience significant upheaval in the next decade. Once the technology is in place, users will be controlling several facets of their homes from the comfort of their smartphones.

In India, the home automation segment would be primarily driven by the residential segment. In fact, as of now, the residential segment accounts for more than 60% of the industry. Most of these systems are installed at individual homes and villas while there are select flats that do come with home automation technology as well of the customer asks for the same. The commercial segment is also expected to see significant growth in the next few years.

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Having spent the better part of the last decade writing about technology, Rahul is among the most experienced tech journalists in India. His writing career began back to 2006 when he started off as a member of the Microsoft PYPC (Protect Your PC) team. At Microsoft, most of his time was spent on creating and updating Microsoft’s Knowledge Base articles. In 2008, thanks to his proclivity for consumer technology, he joined Techtree, then India’s most popular consumer tech website. In his decade-long career, Rahul has contributed to several Indian and International publications including GQ Magazine, Onlygizmos, iPhoneHacks, and The Inquisitr.

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