In recent years, the global smart door lock technology has developed rapidly, and the market scale has continued to expand. With the increasing maturity and development of smart lock related technologies, face recognition, mobile phone unlocking, iris unlocking, and Internet of Things technologies have been born. The functions of smart lock products And applications will be more abundant and diversified, and will further promote the synchronous development and high integration of smart locks and smart homes in the future.
The industry has entered a mature stage of development
Yale successfully created the Yale cylinder lock in 1865. Until 1971, the microcontroller and microprocessor used in the field of smart homes were born. The initial stage of the development of the global smart lock industry ended and the industry entered a period of growth. After years of development, the global smart lock industry technology has gradually matured, and the smart lock industry has entered a mature stage of development driven by 5G.
The global smart door lock market exceeds $1.6 billion
As consumers increase their use of smart home technology, smart locks have become an important device. According to data released by Statista, the global smart lock market reached approximately 420 million U.S. dollars in 2016 and 1.28 billion U.S. dollars in 2017. By 2019, the smart lock market reached 1.62 billion U.S. dollars, a year-on-year increase of 24.62%.
The penetration rate of the Chinese market is lower than that of Japan, South Korea, Europe and the United States
According to data released by the National Lock Industry Information Center, China’s smart door lock penetration rate in 2019 was 7%, while South Korea’s penetration rate was as high as 70%, European and American countries’ penetration rate also reached 50%, and China’s smart door lock market penetration rate was low. There is huge room for growth.
At present, the main sales areas of global smart locks are concentrated in South Korea, Japan, Europe, America and China. From the perspective of market penetration rate growth, China’s smart door lock penetration rate is growing fastest. In the apartment and commercial residential market segments, China’s smart door lock penetration rate is expected to surpass Japan and South Korea.
Regarding penetration rate, China is already ahead of Europe
Regarding the global smart lock penetration rate and penetration rate, the major media have been citing such a set of data for many years: Japan and South Korea have been as high as 70%, European and American countries have also exceeded 50%, and China has a full 5%.
Zhang Shuliang, chairman of Sanhuan, said that such data is inaccurate. He introduced to “Door Lock World” that in terms of civilian smart locks, South Korea has the highest global penetration rate, followed by China; the United States, the most technologically developed country, has only a few traditional lock companies and start-ups doing it, but the volume is very small. ; In Europe, it is also difficult to see independent civilian smart lock products, and the penetration rate is not as impressive as the domestic ones. In Japan, only a few companies such as Meihe are doing it, and the penetration rate is also very low.
Regarding the penetration rate, Tuzheng Chairman Liu Jun also said that the use of smart locks in Europe is obviously low, mechanical locks are still the mainstream, and smart locks and electronic locks are mostly used in commercial applications. In his opinion, this may have a lot to do with the traditional habits of European life.
Zhang Shuliang, chairman of Sanhuan, believes that there are many reasons for this, but without exact research, the reasons are not very clear.
European smart lock has single function, Chinese smart lock function is fancy
In terms of products, Tuzheng Chairman Liu Jun introduced to “Door Lock World” that many electronic locks, such as fingerprint locks and Bluetooth locks, were indeed seen at the Munich Building Materials Exhibition. But there is a big difference in function and form from Chinese smart lock products. In terms of form, most European household locks, engineering locks and commercial locks live in a cut-in type, forming an integrated design with the door, leaving only a small panel on the door. In China, there are mostly smart locks with large panels and large handles.
Regarding the form of smart locks, Zhang Shuliang, chairman of Sanhuan, also said that in recent years, European civilian smart locks have not developed into independent products, and most of them are smart locks that are integrated with the entrance door in an embedded manner.
In terms of function, Liu Jun said: “European smart locks have relatively simple functions, and Bluetooth smart locks are more accepted. More traditional methods such as passwords and fingerprint locks are also seen in Europe. But passwords, fingerprints, Bluetooth There are very few combined smart locks in Europe. That is to say, in Europe, Bluetooth locks are Bluetooth locks, password locks are password locks, and fingerprint locks are fingerprint locks. There are very few fingerprints, passwords, and Bluetooth in the Chinese market. A smart lock with a combination of opening methods.
In Liu Jun’s view, this may be related to Europeans advocating a simple life. Therefore, European smart locks adopt simple design elements and emphasize simplicity and practicality. This is the same as Chinese smart locks in terms of functions. The whole form is also quite different.
The workmanship of European smart locks is more refined, and the workmanship of Chinese smart locks needs to be improved
In terms of appearance, Chinese smart locks are mostly based on large panels and large handles; in terms of function, most Chinese smart locks are greedy and seek perfection, integrating various fancy functions into one lock; in terms of penetration rate, China It has surpassed European and American countries, second only to South Korea, and has become the world’s largest country in the production and sales of smart locks.
It can be seen that in recent years, with the maturity of smart lock technology and the improvement of market awareness, China has taken a leading position in the field of smart locks in the world. Whether it is product form, function, or number of brands and companies, China is already ahead of European and American countries.
Of course, compared with European smart locks, Chinese smart locks also have their own shortcomings. Tuzheng Chairman Liu Jun introduced that European smart locks are more meticulous in workmanship and better in terms of reliability design. For example, the installation of fingerprint sensors is better than domestic smart locks in terms of waterproof and dustproof processing. These are all places worth learning from domestic enterprises.
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