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| 25 September, 2017

Smart home households set to reach 463mln by 2021

Image used for illustrative purposes. Amazon's one of two new voice controlled devices, Amazon Tap and Protective Carrying Cases are shown in this handout image released on March 2, 2016.  EUTERS/Amazon/Handout via Reuters

Image used for illustrative purposes. Amazon's one of two new voice controlled devices, Amazon Tap and Protective Carrying Cases are shown in this handout image released on March 2, 2016. EUTERS/Amazon/Handout via Reuters

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Past year has seen introduction of many Smart Home Ecosystems

Worldwide smart home households are predicted to grow more than fivefold from 90 million in 2016 to 463 million by 2021, said the organisers of Gitex Shopper 2017, the Middle East’s largest annual consumer electronics exhibition.

The exhibitors are showcasing an extensive range of smart phone devices between September 23 and 29 at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

The past year has seen the introduction of many Smart Home Ecosystems, including Amazon Echo, Apple HomeKit, Google Home, Samsung SmartThings, among many others. The intelligent systems allow the user to control a variety of household items to easily manage the home - such as locking the front door, controlling the lights, thermostats, alarm clocks and even window blinds.

“This year we are seeing more exciting devices for the home that can control all manner of things simply with a click of a button, via an App, or even speaking directly to the smart device. As the largest consumer and IT electronics show in the Middle East, Gitex Shopper enables visitors to find everything from smart fridges to smart speakers, all revolutionising the everyday routine and make laborious tasks more manageable,” said Avinash Shanbhogue portfolio director - Exhibitions, Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC)

One of the region’s largest retailers, Sharaf DG, is featuring a wide selection of smart home devices, including Google Smart Home Speaker powered by the Google Assistant and the Nest Thermostat for smart energy efficiency savings.

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Regional power retailer, Jumbo Electronics, is showcasing the latest smart home security devices, such as Grains keypad lock, which can be operated with a fingerprint and Grains video door bell, which gives a real-time view of the door at any point, via a mobile application.

Gitex Shopper is also a shopper’s paradise for the latest smartphones, TVs, laptops, wearable tech, smart watches, cameras and gaming consoles, all conveniently showcased under one roof, and at unbeatable prices. – TradeArabia News Service

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