The smartphone has become an indispensable companion. Many people cannot even imagine using any other device as an intelligent dashboard for their networked smart home.
When asked about the control center in smart homes, the majority of Germans assume that they will soon be able control everything with their smartphone, whether it is the TV, lights, heating or opening the door. This conclusion is the result of a survey jointly conducted by the electronics wholesale group Rhino Inter Group and the think tank Diplomatic Council. "The security in their own home has become more important for the majority of Germans in recent years. If they are nevertheless willing to rely on their smartphone for precisely this security, the almost unshakable belief in the smartphone as the central control unit for one’s own life has been very clearly documented," comments CEO Raimund Hahn.
The importance of mobile devices among seniors, too, has increased significantly: In January 2017, 39% of people over 65 years of age already owned a smartphone, as shown in recent survey conducted on behalf of the digital association Bitkom. And as early as the spring of 2016, half of seniors had described the smartphone as being a very great relief for them in everyday life. One in four seniors even declared that they could no longer imagine life without a smartphone. The German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) has however noticed that seniors rarely take basic precautionary measures such as updating their software or operating system. According to the BSI, younger people tend to be more aware of the fact that personal and sensitive information is stored on their device.