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Merdeka.com – Chairman of the Indonesian IoT Association (ASIOTI) Teguh Prasetya explained thoroughly the development of smart homes in the country. According to him, the development of smart homes cannot be separated from housing conditions both during the pandemic and after the pandemic.

He saw that nowadays the house is not only a place to live, but also a place to work and a place to do business. There are also demands that the house should be more comfortable and safe.

“During the pandemic, people are doing a lot of activities at home and starting to explore tools that can support their comfort and safety, such as being fitted with CCTV and sensors,” said Teguh in a virtual discussion held by the Technology Journalists Forum (FORWAT), recently. .

Teguh said that in February 2022 there were 7.28 million homes using one to five smart home technology products, potentially increasing by 1 million per year. The segmentation includes kitchen appliances, health care, safety and security, entertainment, networking, control and illumination, indoor environment, and toilets.

Even now, property searches throughout 2021 have increased by 37 percent and have begun to be integrated with the provision of IoT solutions for smart homes. He said that home marketing with the label ‘IoT Inside’ or ‘Smart home Inside’ has become a trend among developers.

“It feels like a new house if it’s not labeled as a smart home, it won’t sell,” said Teguh.

However, in the midst of public interest in smart homes, Indonesia still has problems in terms of network distribution where the penetration of fixed broadband access is still around 10 million out of a total of 90 million homes.

“If we look at it, compared to neighboring countries, our penetration is still low. The speed indicator for Singapore per house can be 200 Mbps, while Indonesia is only 25 Mbps. We are on par with Cambodia and Myanmar,” said Teguh.

According to him, this is a challenge to not only increase the quantity, but also the quality of broadband in the country. In addition, there needs to be a price variation so that more and more people can reach smart homes.

Meanwhile, Verina Winata, product manager of Immersive Tech said that the potential for the development of the smart home market in Indonesia is still very large. He also agreed that the unequal distribution of fixed broadband is a challenge, including for the industry.

“Smart home devices require a network connection, while the use of fixed broadband is not evenly distributed, but we believe that fixed broadband development will continue to increase,” said Verina.

Based on the Statista 2022 survey, in 2026 smart home revenue in Indonesia will reach USD 730.40 million, with the largest components being smart appliances, security, control and connectivity, and home entertainment.

“In the future everything will develop, every time there is a new technology, process, mindset, skill, and opportunity we must immediately adopt and adapt to its existence,” said Teguh.

Reporter: Dinda Khansa Berlian

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