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Canadians Crave Smarter Homes as Technology Adoption Rapidly Increases

TORONTO, ONTARIO, Apr 20, 2016 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- Connected smart home devices are well on their way to becoming as prevalent as smartphones and tablets according to a new study conducted by MARU/VCR&C(i). The study, commissioned by TELUS, found a significant gap between those that believe that smart home technology will benefit their lives (61 per cent) and those who currently own a smart home device (34 per cent).

That's about to change quickly however, with 63 per cent of people predicting that they will own at least one smart home device - such as a smart TV, thermostat, lighting, appliance, entry and security system; and other home automation solutions - by 2018, and with half of those predicting they will own three or more.

"Smart home technology is shifting from early adopters into the mainstream as Canadians begin to realize the tremendous benefits that these devices can bring to them and their families," said Rob Currie, vice-president of Mobile Devices at TELUS. "Today, we're seeing basic functionality like controlling lighting or thermostats from our smartphones, but soon, innovations like biometric security systems, intelligent kitchens and home health solutions will make our lives so much safer, healthier and easier that smart home technology will become integral to our digital lifestyles."

Other key findings in the study include:

--  The greatest perceived benefits of living in a smarter home include
    saving money and being greener (57 per cent) and increased security or
    safety (44 per cent).
--  Of those who currently own smart home technology, the most popular
    devices are smart TVs (65 per...