Smart thinking will pay off for wily contractors

This month we report on this exciting market. Legrand reflects on the changing needs and demands of consumers throughout the home and the role that technology can play in its future. As we enter the government’s national smart meter roll-out, the potential for smart homes will continue to grow along with consumer awareness of the advantages smart technology can bring to their lives and to help people to live life to the full. 

Vent-Axia explains how new smart solutions can give households control of indoor air quality. Around 40,000 people are dying in the UK every year due to air pollution and health problems such as cancer, asthma, stroke and heart disease, diabetes, obesity and dementia are all linked to poor air quality. It’s clear that this needs to be urgently addressed in every home and electricians can advise households how to take control of their indoor air quality with the latest smart ventilation. 

To help you position your business to take advantage of the smart solutions sector, we’ve two handy videos from ABB. The first aims to guide the installer through the steps needed to tap into this growing and exciting market. The second examines the combination of building security and building automation. Security in homes and other premises has traditionally been achieved by standalone systems. Is it advantageous to consider integration of building security and building automation systems?

Adequate training is essential to ensure success in the fast-moving smart solutions market. The NICEIC’s two-day Data cabling for the domestic installer course provides the installer with the confidence to be able to install and commission a domestic network. Data cabling for the commercial installer is a one-day course, providing a balanced mix of theory and practice relating to the structured cabling system in a commercial setting.

In commercial building management systems, facilities managers face a deluge of data from connected devices. Schneider Electric explains how the latest analytics solutions effectively manage the information overload created by the digital world to filter out what’s not valuable to you. They can provide insight on how to fix problems when they are first observed, before total failure. This predictive maintenance approach means capital assets can be preserved and significant energy savings can be made.

Cyber security is also an important issue. October saw a massive attack on global internet access, which blocked some of the world’s most popular websites. It is believed to have been unleashed by hackers using common IoT devices like webcams and digital recorders. Contractors who can demonstrate skills and knowledge of cyber security issues and advise their customers on appropriate action will be well placed as the market develops.

So don’t delay. Grasp this market opportunity with open arms. Or someone else will.