Smart homes are not just myths! They are coming to existence, thanks to the Internet of Things.
The smart home technology is slowly gaining momentum, with more than a billion connected devices existing in millions of homes across the world. At the start-up level, a smart home is powered by sensor-enable products connected to a standard network. Such products are the part of the Internet of Things, they collect and analyze data and present them to the consumer.
If you are unaware of the types of sensors, here are the basic guidelines.
Basic Sensors: Basic sensors are the most popular ones. They are battery powered, inexpensive and designed to perform a single function such as temperature measurement, valve analysis, and light adjustments.
Dynamic Sensors: Dynamic Sensors stand a notch above basic sensors. They are more intelligent, costly, and can perform multiple functions at once such as irrigation, energy management, and real-time home updates.
Intelligent Sensors: As the name suggests, intelligent sensors are contextually aware. Such sensors are used in video applications, geofence, and beacons. Smart sensors can detect who the actual user is and what is happening around them.
Smart homes combine a different kind of sensors to collect data. But, using the data generated by the sensors is where the real smart steps in.
Data integration is the key to any smart home. The larger the integration, the more value it will add to the residents. The more smart device you will purchase, the more benefit to the manufacturers which will eventually come back to the users.
With sensors, more devices inside our home will have increased intelligence. Wouldn’t it be great if all your appliances start reporting to a single app? You’ll be able to remotely monitor and control each device inside your home with ease. You’ll get push notification about each activity happening inside your home. How cool is that!
Such connected technology involves sensors. A particular sensor embedded device can trigger action to another sensor-enabled device. Currently, all such activities are monitored and driven through a common hub like Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple HomePod and more. Many smart device manufacturers, across the globe, are manufacturing products supported by such devices.
The next leave of smart home technology is the innovation of intelligent learning system, which can learn your behavior and automate the devices around you. For example, you wake up at 6 a.m. and start brewing your coffee, what if the coffee machine understands your behavior and automatically makes the coffee after you wake up. If such technology reaches our home, then the smart home technology will start to take its shape.
Here are few additional characteristics of smart homes.
- Security devices to keep your IoT products and information safe from hackers.
- Bluetooth enabled technology to operate different system even if the Wi-Fi connection is lost.
- Interoperability among devices from different manufacturers.
In the near future, there will be lots of innovations to drive this technology. And, the end-users will be the ones to rejoice this coming wave of technologies.