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Vanson Bourne, an independent market research provider specializing in the technology sector has conducted a survey The “Internet of Things and the Smart Home”. A total of 9,000 consumers are interviewed globally, including 2,500 from the United States, 1,000 from the United Kingdom, 1,000 from France, 1,000 from Germany, 1,000 from Brazil, 1,000 from India, 500 from Canada, 500 from Mexico and 500 from Australia.
 
Nowadays, almost anything can be done with just a tap of your fingers. From online banking to online shopping, there's very little we can't control from our smartphones.
 
Similarly, home appliances, such as kettles, coffee machines and vacuum cleaners, have gone smart. No longer is physical human interaction required - with the right mobile phone app, a morning cup of java can be brewed without leaving the warm comforts of our bed, one can start slow-roasting dinner from the office or have a little robot clean his house while tucked away in bed.
 
According to the survey, more than three-quarters of consumers believe smart homes will be as common in 2025 as smartphones are today. The survey of global consumers sponsored by Intel Security also found that 77 per cent of respondents expect to see personal benefits from living in a smart home.
 
Commenting on the survey, “Smart homes and their associated data have the potential to improve consumers’ everyday lives,” says Steve Grobman, chief technology officer for Intel Security. “The survey shows that many individuals would be comfortable sharing their data for a price, but they are still understandably concerned about cyberthreats. Security has to be foundational to the Internet of Things and when done right, it can be an enabler of IoT.”
 
A majority of respondents worldwide (54 per cent) indicate that they might be willing to share their personal data collected from their smart home with companies in exchange for money, and 70 per cent agree that companies should give coupons and discounts to customers in return for data about device usage.
 
“Smart homes and their associated data have the potential to improve consumers’ everyday lives,” says Raj Samani, VP & CTO, EMEA at Intel Security.
 
“The survey shows that many individuals would be comfortable sharing that data for a price, but they are still understandably concerned about cyber threats. Security has to be foundational to the Internet of Things and when done right, it can be an enabler of IoT.”
 
Survey respondents are universally worried about potential security threats from smart homes, with 92 per cent expressing concern that their personal data could be hacked by cybercriminals. Yet in a testament to innovative security, almost as many respondents (89 per cent) said that if they lived in a smart-home, they would likely prefer to secure all their smart devices through a single integrated security package.
 
Consumers are less enthusiastic about existing security methods such as passwords, with 4 in 10 foreseeing passwords as a frustration with smart homes, and three-quarters (75 per cent) indicating they are at least somewhat anxious about the number of passwords likely to be required to manage smart homes. However, biometrics scored well as an alternative for accessing smart homes.
 
When asked to select several preferred forms of biometric security, 54 per cent have opted for fingerprints, 46 per cent for voice recognition and 42 per cent for eye scans.
 
Additional key survey findings include:
 
•    The most commonly considered smart devices are smart lighting (73 per cent), smart kitchen appliances (62 per cent) and smart thermometers or boiler systems (60 per cent)
 
•    Over half of respondents expect gas and electric (57 per cent) bills and heating and cooling (55 per cent) bills to be reduced in a smart home.
 
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