A few years ago, home automation in the Middle East Lower Gulf region and Asia was strictly for the super luxury villa or the most expensive penthouse on top of a residential apartment tower. In the Middle East and Asia, residential construction is mainly new build, with most urban construction being multi-dwelling towers. Over the last few years we have seen property developers improve the amenities within apartment towers and mixed-use (hotel, retail and residential) buildings. This has initially been driven by intense competition between property developers trying to attract purchasers and differentiate their residential developments in the market.
The residential or mixed-use tower went from basic 'minimum standards' security, lighting and HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) controls to now include fully-integrated building management systems for common areas and 'smart home' technologies within the apartments. This trend can be witnessed in countries such as the UAE (United Arab Emirates) and South Korea.
As an example: a few years ago, an apartment in South Korea would have had just a single mechanical thermostat controlling the underfloor heating system. This then evolved into a thermostat for each living zone, and now there are solutions with digital heating zone controllers fully integrated into a home automation system - increasing the comfort, energy efficiency and property value of the apartment.