A brief look reveals a slew of new smart devices set to hit the market in 2019. Smart hubs that control many devices, smart locks, surveillance cameras, doorbell intercoms, and various smart kitchen appliances are among these products. We’re only at the beginning.
People are wary about innovative home technology in general.
According to a survey conducted by ZD Net, 34% of smart home device owners do not trust their products or their manufacturers. The irony is that they still own and use their smart devices, implying that a lack of trust isn’t a sufficient cause to discard the equipment.
There are only two feasible explanations for why people are willing to use devices they don’t trust. Either they’ve developed a lifestyle that requires them to use the device, or they’re being forced to use it. For some, the latter is a real possibility.
Tenants are being forced to use innovative home technology by their landlords.
Tenants are, however, being forced to utilize innovative technology or face severe consequences. Tenants are being forced to use smart locks, facial recognition technology, and intelligent thermostats across the United States just because their landlord elected to install them.
Tenants’ main concern is that mechanical locks and thermostats make it easy for landlords to retaliate and evict them. It’s awful that landlords do so in the first place, and tenants have every reason to be concerned that their landlords have remote access to their locks and thermostat. However, this isn’t the only issue that tenants are worried about.
In an article titled Setting Boundaries With Smart Technology, Green Residential discusses the second cause of dispute between landlords and tenants when it comes to innovative home technology.
According to the Houston-based property management company, the innovative home technologies that make a home safer are also causing privacy and control concerns among tenants. Those fears are understandable, especially in light of facial recognition technology that may also be used for surveillance.
To avoid surveillance, tenants may need to break their lease.
Residents of the Atlantic Plaza Towers apartment complex in Brooklyn, NY, were informed in 2018 that they would soon be required to enter the building using facial recognition. By altering the mailbox locks and asking renters to submit to being photographed to receive their new key. Some of the renters objected.
Tenants desire privacy, and it doesn’t seem fair for landlords to use innovative technology to lock down their rents from floor to ceiling. However, landlords are enticed by the promise of excellent security.
Tenants are also being tracked through intelligent locks.
Another Manhattan apartment complex installed smart security locks that used GPS to track a tenant’s location. Some renters expressed dissatisfaction with the app agreement since it permitted their data to be sold to marketers. Because the landlord refused to provide physical keys, the tenants brought a case, which they won.
What About People Who Are EMF Sensitive?
Even though they are rarely mentioned, there is an increasing number of EMF-sensitive people who cannot live with or near intelligent technology. The impacts of being too close to a router or Wi-Fi enabled equipment are rarely felt by most people. Living in a smart home (or an intelligent apartment complex) is not an option for those who do.
Are We Intelligent Yet Enough?
The intelligent technology revolution does not appear to be slowing down any time soon. Our obsession with innovative technology may continue until everything from our coffee pots to our pillows is loaded with intelligent technology that can be controlled via an app.