By NAME, ASSA ABLOY Smart Living Expert Smart home technologies are already changing how we travel Worry less about your home and enjoy more convenient vacation rentals Remember when a timer plug attached to a table lamp was the latest thing in holiday security? Apologies if you’re too young... But I still find something magical about smart devices which show me what’s happening in my front room, wherever I am in the world. Yes, Wi-Fi powered home view cameras give reassurance that home is still intact — and let me spy on the cats while I sit by the pool. For smart-tech super-users, IFTTT recipes can automatically notify your smartphone, or even switch on all your smart lights, if motion is detected inside your house. There are even multiple apps to help you repurpose an old smartphone as an indoor security camera. If security is (in part) a state of mind, your home needs a smart camera. Boom time for business Of course, security is not only a state of mind, and smart locks are impacting one sector in particular. They are tailor-made for holiday rentals. You have probably read about the boom in holiday rentals companies — Airbnb most famously. At ASSA ABLOY, we commissioned our own report about the holiday rentals sector, and the data is impressive.