Connected smart home devices are well on their way to becoming as prevalent as smartphones and tablets according to a new study conducted by MARU/VCR&C*.

The study, commissioned by TELUS, found a significant gap between those that believe smart home technology will benefit their lives (61 per cent) and those who currently own a smart home device (34 per cent).

How common will smart home technology be in the future? 63 per cent of people surveyed predicted that they will own at least one smart home device, such as a smart TV, thermostat, lighting, appliance, entry and security system or other home automation solutions by 2018, with half of those predicting they will own up to three or more.

“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.”

To feed the growing demand for smart home devices and other digital lifestyle solutions TELUS has opened two “Connected Experience” concept stores last year in Toronto’s Eaton Centre and Edmonton’s Southgate Centre.

The new stores feature, among other products, smart home devices like Phillips Hue lighting and August smart locks, as well as Nest products from Google, as the only authorized carrier in Canada.

Telus has plans to open additional Connected Experience stores, introducing its smart home portfolio into an additional 50 TELUS retail locations this year across Canada.

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