It's not quite the home of the Jetsons, but two companies are
lining up to move your home into the future.
The two companies, Eon and etisalat, who has teamed up with
Samsung, will soon be bringing Smart Home technology into
This technology, which varies tremendously in its uses and
sophistication, allows users to control and program everything
in their homes from home entertainment to home security.
Leon Beuyukian, CEO of Eon and a founding member of CompuMe,
believes that smart-home technology will be in high demand in
Dubai. "Dubians are quite early adopters of new technology,"
"There is the need for the latest technology, and people want
home entertainment." The new system that both Eon and etisalat
will offer involves the use of IP, or Internet protocol,
Any appliance plugged into the Internet must have an IP number,
and this number allows the object, whether it's a printer or a
lighting system, to be controlled by another person with a
mobile phone, internet access, or an internet-enabled PDA.
According to Beuyukian, the uses are limitless. A person will be
able to adjust the A/C, turn on the lights and start the dish
washer all before leaving work just by sending an SMS to the
Beuyukian said that high levels of disposable income and high
rate of residential development will also help fuel the demand
for Smart Homes. With over 750,000 new units currently either
under construction or in the planning stages, the time is
perfect to enter the home automation market, he said.
"There's seven per cent growth in the county. The Silicon Valley
doesn't have anything life that," he said.
Eon will open its first store, tentatively scheduled for
September 18, at the Mall of the Emirates. The store will
contain an e-studio, so that customers will be able to see what
the products can do for their apartment. Prices vary between
1,000 and 10,000 dirham.
Another company which is getting ready to enter the home
automation market is etisalat, who has teamed up with Samsung to
provide the new service called Homevita.
Unlike Eon, most of the home automation offered from etisalat
will not come from a box. Instead, the company is working with
"The system is fully ready for implementation, and due to the
nature of the system, needs to be installed alongside the
physical construction of real estate projects," said Khalifa Al
Forah, acting chief marketing officer for etisalat.
"Many property developers have shown interest in this, and
etisalat works to customise the solution to the specific needs
of each project and developer.
Some off-the-shelf solutions are available mostly for home-level
use, but the full customised system needs to be put in place at
the development phase of the project itself."