Since the U.S. National Science and Technology Council began implementing its plans for the development of intelligent structures in 2004, the Taiwan Communications Industry Alliance has been committed to applying communication and monitoring technologies in the construction industry to develop a market for intelligent houses. Accordingly, in this paper, relevant studies from January 2000 to December 2016 were collected from the Web of Science database. A key-route main path analysis of the text and data as well as a growth analysis of the research clusters in this field were performed to determine the main research topics and development trajectories. The development track for intelligent houses involves seven topics, namely general care, application of recognition sensors, energy management, medicine, application of the Internet of things, activity recognition systems, and monitoring technology. This paper offers a valuable literature review and analysis of this field and may acquaint scholars with related industrial development trends and academic progress.

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