Virwani’s idea is that the company needs to do something different to modernise homes for the tech savvy buyers especially in a city like Bengaluru. The Embassy Edge project which will offer 1 to 3 bhk apartments at a cost ranging from Rs 3.6 million to Rs 8.1 million will largely target buyers working in the city’s IT and ITeS sectors.
For Amazon, the partnership marks a first in India where it will integrate its smart devices at a such a large scale project level. The e-commerce firm said it has similar partnerships in the US and other markets and had seen that home buyers saw such integrations built into homes as a standout feature.
“It’s harder and more expensive to make a regular home a smart home. You have to buy the smart bulbs and other appliances that work with something like the Amazon Echo, but when you see this you say wow I really need this,” said Puneesh Kumar, Country Manager for Alexa Experience & Devices at Amazon India.
While smart home devices have made their way to India in the past, they were often only seen in the most high-end luxury homes. Now, with Amazon’s Alexa-powered devices and even Google Home, the market for smart devices and appliances is being commoditised.
Globally, there are over 12,000 devices and appliances which work with Amazon Alexa and while not all of them are available in India, Amazon says it is seeing a lot of them becoming interested in entering India after gauging the success of Echo devices here. Further, Indian manufacturers too are looking at such smart integrations as they look to target more premium bands of the home appliance market.
Apart from disrupting the homes themselves, Embassy Group is also offering a better e-commerce experience for customers to book a home online. Couple with virtual reality, augmented reality and high quality 3D graphics, the company says a customer can get a very realistic feel of a home without actually being there. It boasts that the only process for which the buyers needs to be physically present is for the signing of documents.