Visakhapatnam homes now turn ‘smart’ with Internet-linked devices

As per NASSCOM, the number of IoT devices in India is expected to increase significantly from 200 million units in 2016 to 2.7 billion units by 2020.

Architects and civil engineers are of the opinion that the trend of using IoT is here to stay.
VISAKHAPATNAM: It was ‘Aditya 369’— a 1991 Telugu science fiction film directed by Singeetham Srinivasa which had attempted to paint the picture of a remote-controlled futuristic universe. In 2020, with rapid strides in technology, we are gradually inching towards that future.

Home-based applications with the support of IoT (Internet of Things) are gaining popularity all over the world, including Visakhapatnam. Apartments, commercial buildings including hospitals and hotels are gradually adopting this technology with the primary purposes of enhancing security and conserving energy.

As per NASSCOM, the number of IoT devices in India is expected to increase significantly from 200 million units in 2016 to 2.7 billion units by 2020. NASSCOM claims that adoption of these devices will make India a leader within this space. The IoT market in the country is poised to reach US$ 15 billion by 2020, accounting for 5 per cent of the global industry.


Architects and civil engineers are of the opinion that the trend of using IoT is here to stay and it will gradually transform lived experience with greater reliance on technology.

Karuna Kumari, a senior architect with Anuhya Architects and Interiors said that innovation and invention are necessary to save time and energy and these materials are cost-effective, strong and eco-friendly; therefore leading to their adoption across multiple sectors.

“We suggest cost-effective and environment-friendly methods in our plans. Some accept them, while some don’t. But IoT will be the future of the construction sector,” Karuna told TOI.
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Peela Koteswara Rao, executive member of Credai, Visakhapatnam chapter said that the construction sector is taking up IoT in the city. “At present, it is mostly hospitals, villas, hotels and companies that are using IoT, primarily for security purposes. We hope that IoT in home appliances also make entry into domestic constructions like apartments and homes soon,” Rao added.

O Naresh Kumar, CEO of Symbiosis Technologies said, “I have ordered IoT-based home appliances, including a security system for my home and company. These will help save electricity and improve security.”

Meanwhile, Samir Kakkar, director, Legrand India— an IoT electrical and digital building appliances’ retail unit in the city, said that these products are becoming affordable and with low internet costs, IoT devices will get more popular with time.
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