WILL THE DEMAND OF AUTOMATION INCREASE POST COVID-19?
The automation market was estimated grow at 44% every year for the next several years. That means that it will be about 5 times what it is today by 2024. This growth was largely anticipated in the area of Home Automation, and to a smaller degree in other aspects of automation such Building Automation Systems and Hotel Guest Room Automation. Obviously the events caused by COVID-19 are likely to have an impact on these projections, but in which direction? While the market dampening impact of Covid-19 equally impacts most industries, there are some aspects of the post COVID-19 pandemic which are likely to increase adoption of such types of automation technologies both at home, in buildings and in hospitality accommodations.
Usage of Smart Technologies that help reduce contact with physical surfaces whether at home or in public spaces are likely to increase in usage. Within homes, that would imply abilities to minimize touch of switches for lighting or fans, remotes for TV or ACs, curtain/blinds, door bells and door locks. The use of personal smart phones to control these devices will become more prevalent. Each member of the family can use their own devices so as to reduce contact with the commonly shared switches and remotes. The use of voice assistants from amazon or google are likely to be more commonly adopted for control of such devices. Although these are being mentioned with reference to homes, the same aspects are much more relevant to the hospitality industry where the rooms are occupied by different guests and are frequented by service personnel.
In the case of Buildings, whether Residential, Commercial or Hospitality, the use of Building Management Systems will become more prevalent to monitor the building assets ranging from elevators, pumps, motors, water tanks, lighting and more from a single point of control and monitoring. This is essential because buildings will be both sparsely populated due to large work from home situations and energy usage needs to be curbed. Automation such as sensors or camera based automation will likely be deployed to reduce energy consumption by selectively turning on or off the appropriate lighting, ACs, fans and other assets. Another factor is that after COVID-19, the reverse migration of labor is likely to put pressure on the availability of staff to perform certain basic management tasks, and so smart automation will have to be relied upon to take actions for some building management aspects such as turning on/off lighting in common areas, ensuring water level in tanks or water pressure in fire pumps and many security monitoring tasks as well. Some areas where public surfaces were commonly touched, like Elevator buttons or Door locks are likely to change to be smart phone enabled or controlled by card scan or QR code control. Door handles may have foot related alternatives that enable pushing doors open after the being unlocked for entry.
In our previous blog, we had covered how a Smart Home can help during this crisis. Click here to read more https://www.buildtrack.in/blog/how-smart-homes-can-help-during-covid-19/