Could IT workers become home handymen in the future?

The expected demand for home automation systems across Australia is expected to further diversify IT roles as technicians will be needed in the home.


Traditionally, getting people in to work on your home has been a costly and often messy endeavour, with plaster, paint and other debris cluttering the experience.

What if, in the future, this could all be avoided? According to technology research firm Telsyte​, this could soon be a reality for Australian houses, with software replacing soft furnishings in the modern home.

The firm believes this is due to the rise in the Internet of Things, which will see devices of all size and shape embrace connectivity and be able to communicate with each other. In practice, this will mean all features of a house will be able to communicate with each other, from lighting and heating to the toaster and stove.

As Wi-Fi connections are all but standard in modern homes, most will already be equipped to adapt to these trends once they catch on.

Telsyte believes there is enough demand to fuel the national market once the relevant products are released. This is further helped by the fact that the infrastructure can be installed by individuals, so people who want to try the technology can do so at their own leisure.

This demand is expected to create revenue of nearly $1 billion by the end of 2017 as consumers rush to secure the benefits of these systems. Some of the reasons for adopting these technologies include better energy efficiency and more effective heating and cooling as homeowners can control these features remotely via smart devices.

There’s also a security element to these systems, as people can check the status of their garage doors or any appliances they may have unwittingly left on.

Telsyte is confident that there is a future for home automation, and it’s not far away. This will likely see the further diversification of IT roles, with these workers now taking on a sort of home technician role once the technology catches on.