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JLL: Smart-tech makes its way to apartments

A smart home is a house with a communication network of multiple home appliances that provides its owners comfort, security, energy and cost efficiency and convenience at all times, regardless of whether anyone is home.

April 17, 2019
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VIETNAM, 26 Mar 2019 – A smart home is a house with a communication network of multiple home appliances that provides its owners comfort, security, energy and cost efficiency and convenience at all times, regardless of whether anyone is home. Automatically turning on and off lights with motion sensors or remote room temperature control is just one of the few things that a smart apartment is capable of. Building on the Internet of Things' (IoT) concept – where a home's devices "talk" to each other – smart apartments are springing up as developers begin to recognize the opportunities for new-build properties.

Why the smart home trend is thriving in Asia and has lately penetrated into Vietnam can be explained by a few factors: rapid urbanization and the boom of megacities. Moreover, the trend has been accelerated by the technological sophistication of these consumers. Vietnam leads the world in the growth of smartphone traffic. The rise of millennials and their growing tech-savviness will boost user preference for technology.

Millennials, who tend to be early adopters of new technology, are also the most likely demographic to be interested in smart apartments. Other markets, such seniors who live alone, could also find uses for smart technology to improve their lives, such as a smart stove alarm or a medication reminder and daily to-do list.

Smart home technology in Vietnam is still in its infancy. JLL has recorded five projects launched that applied smart home tech in their apartment products. Most were new developments or still under construction, to name a few that has been soft launched: Alpha City Apartment and Centennial of Alpha King Real Estate Development JSC, D-Vela of Dreamhouse…

Stephen Wyatt, Country Head of JLL Vietnam comments: "As the concept of smart homes becomes more widespread, rising interest could encourage more mainstream developers to incorporate smart technology in their new build projects. Although the demand is there, there is one big obstacle to developing smart apartments: the cost. Before smart home use becomes mainstream, we believes that the high-end of the market will be where smart home tech grows out from. Small apartments targeted to young families will be another trend in the new supply of smart homes."

More support from the government is much needed to foster the start-up culture, making it easier for companies to enter the smart tech market. As more competition enters the market, price will decrease and smart home will become more accessible. In the future, for homes to get truly smart there is a need for wider and better-quality network connectivity in Vietnam.

While there is only a very small number of smart apartments being built at present, it is a good way for smaller or newer developers to compete. Developers in Vietnam must put more effort into making smart apartment truly smart, not just use it as a marketing buzzword. They must adapt and catch up with new trends so not to be left behind by other markets in the region, JLL concluded.

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