Electrical Contracting News (ECN) November 2016 - Page 52

SPECIAL FEATURE HOME AUTOMATION & INTELLIGENT BUILDINGS CONNECTED BENEFITS Richard Hayward of Legrand comments on the changing needs and demands of consumers throughout the home and the role that technology can play in its future. W ith a growing awareness amongst consumers around smart home technology, the time is right for the electrical industry to get on board and understand its true potential. The recent augmented reality game that has taken the world by storm has demonstrated the potential of technology to consumers, paving the way for other smart technologies to enter our homes and businesses. The well known phrase ‘An Englishman’s home is his castle’ has never been truer than today. The phrase is actually rooted in history dating back to the 16th century and while its meaning is varied, it is ultimately a dictate that means no-one can enter, unless they are invited. This is an interesting concept in the smart