Swimming pool monitoring devices provide smart pool management strategies and protective steps for multiple risk factors that can have detrimental impacts on both human life and pool quality. In addition, the smart devices and sensors that are enabled by the Internet of Things generate precise activity warnings and signals from data computed from edge devices pertaining to the hygiene of the pool. These devices make the maintenance of the pool an easy and hassle-free task.
In the light of advancements in technologies such as IoT, artificial intelligence, communication technologies, and others, the key players of the swimming pool monitoring devices market have tailored their solutions. In 2018, Pentair showcased its latest smart, sustainable solutions that use connected technology. It was designed to help pool owners control their pool and spa with connected, automated systems, enhance the quality, and consistency of water, and transfer water with improved efficiency. In May 2020, pHin Smart Water Monitor enhanced its offering by announcing its integration of Amazon Alexa. This offering now enables the users to know the pool’s water balance and temperature before dipping into the pool or hot tub. Further, with the deployment of the latest technology, the companies have extended and strengthened their product lines. Some of the benefits comprise prediction of potential failures, alerts through Whatsapp, SMS, and Emails, reduced water leakage, and others.
Over the past few years, there has been visible growth in the development of the residential as well as industrial sector. The growth is attributed to increasing government initiatives in enhancing infrastructure such as smart city projects. This enables increasing demand for swimming pools and other activities, resulting in the growing demand for pool water monitoring devices. For instance, in October 2018, the U.S. government has launched smart city projects in Belmont, Arizona which will consist of some 80,000 residential units plus commercial and open space which is likely to commercialize by 2021.
In 2018, the aim of the General Assembly 2018 of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP SCC), was to support smart city projects in more than 300 cities with up to USD 1.20 billion investments. Thus enabling the increasing demand for swimming pools and other activities thereby paving way for pool monitoring devices in the country.
The swimming pool monitoring devices have been essential to ensuring chemical balance, managing pressure and consumption, and others. The integration of advanced technologies with monitoring devices has substantially increased its cost. However, the benefits offered by these monitoring devices have aided the owners to save a considerable amount of time and other overhead costs incurred from the traditional methods. Further, the paid services and the membership plans offered by the companies for complete timely monitoring, safety, and cleanliness of the pool, have increased the inclination of the customers from automated systems to DIY systems. Besides the changing external requirements such as updated switches, replacement of the devices every 3-4 years and the need of professionals to set some of the devices up have restrained the growth of the market.
The pandemic brought forth a lockdown in several countries across the globe. Initially, it had temporarily shut down the schools, colleges, offices, and public places such as swimming pools, clubs, restaurants, and others. Social Distancing has led to a transformed the preference of the people from the public pools and commercial pools towards the various kinds of residential pools. The swimming pool monitoring devices are expected to take a leap in the upcoming years, owing to the increasing hygiene conditions, changing government rules and regulations, and the inclination towards residential swimming pools.
The managed services (professional services) are primarily used by the commercial pool. The tremendous and continuous utilization of these pools necessitates a proper maintenance schedule along with the right balance of the water chemicals and the surroundings. These services aid in proper maintenance of the swimming pool's value by frequent inspections, professional and timely pool care. Additionally, hiring services for the maintenance allows the owners of the pools to sit back and avoid the stress caused for the cleanliness of the pool as it follows the government norms and maintains them during the different seasons. Moreover, the increasing number of residential pools and spending power has led to the adoption of these services for the residential pools as well.
pH, an acronym of 'power of hydrogen,' is a crucial component in the treatment of pool water. The pH scale measures from 0 to 14, wherein 0 is strongly acidic; 7 is neutral; 14 is strongly alkaline. Maintaining the pH of the swimming pool water for bathing convenience, maintenance of equipment, and the functioning of chlorine. The desired pH for pool water is typically between 7.2 and 7.8. A value other than the desired value can cause certain issues such as:
There are multiple ways, such as the formation of carbonic acid caused due to the mixture of carbon dioxide in water, effects of pool chemicals, acidic rain, or excess rain through which the pH of the swimming pool water gets affected. Further, the benefits and the cost-effective nature of the devices have led to a higher presence in the commercial as well as residential pools thereby catering to the highest market share.
North America is expected to cater to the maximum share in the swimming pool water monitoring devices. The growing urbanization, coupled with the rise in disposable income, has provided an impetus to the construction of swimming pools. There has been an increase in demand for swimming pool monitoring devices for various places like schools, luxury hotels, and amusement parks across the region. Swimming is one of the most common and widely accepted sports in the U.S., which ultimately leads to an increasing rate of participation in water sports.
Further, on account of the widespread acquisition of swimming pools by various residential and commercial infrastructures, the government of Texas has passed a bill to ensure public safety. The Texas legislature has passed HB 2858, which allows municipalities in the state to require model standards for building, remodeling, and repairing pools and spas. The legislature adopted the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC) is developed by the International Code Council in partnership with the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance. It is the only model code that addresses design and manufacturing requirements for public and residential pools and spas, including safety ladders/steps, barriers, sanitation, depth markers, and energy efficiency, which will boost the market for swimming pool accessories in the region.
The European swimming pool water monitoring devices market is anticipated to exhibit the fastest growth during the forecasted years, owing to the rising smart city projects, the need to maintain the health of the existing swimming pools, and others. Additionally, France is considered as one of the leading countries for the swimming pool market. However it is also the country with the second-highest number of swimming pools worldwide after the U.S. Additionally, government rules and regulation for the maintenance of pools is further anticipated to support the growth of swimming pool monitoring devices market. For instance, the U.K. government has introduced Pool safe operating procedures (PSOPs) to ensure pool users' health and safety. These PSOPs also include temperature monitoring devices, ORP monitoring devices, pH monitoring devices, pool water treatment systems, chemicals, and other pool equipment for the maintenance of swimming pools, which is anticipated to augment the growth of pool monitoring devices in the coming future.
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