What you need to know about smart homes

Smart Homes

Smart home technology refers to any suite of devices, appliances, or systems that connect into a common network. Smart homes appear to think on their own. When your home technology works together in one system, it can also be referred more loosely as a “connected home”. Your home’s thermostat, lights, audio speakers, TVs, security cameras, locks, appliances, and more are all connected into a common system, which can be controlled from your smart phone or through a mobile touch screen device.

Benefits

The smart home will give you peace of mind. Your house can take care of itself and tell you everything that happens in your absence; You get live Camera feed throughout the day at regions of interest, It can even call the Police if necessary. When you forget to lock your house you can do so miles away. A smart indoor irrigation system can save you a lot of money by automatically putting out fires.
Controlling your lighting, power and heating has never been this especially if you are one of those too lazy to switch off lights during winter. Your electric bills are cut significantly when devices know when to switch on or off.
Today’s world is busier than in days past. Most people are constantly running from place to place, working to accomplish everything on their never-ending “to-do” list. Because of the high-tech nature of a home automation system, you never have to worry about running home to open the door for your children after school or making a quick stop at home in order to adjust household items. You save precious time and experience more daily productivity. The elderly can be reminded to take medication at specific times too!


A smart TV will help you find better apps and channels to locate your favorite programming. An intelligently designed home theater and audio system can make managing your movie and music collection effortless when entertaining guests. You can monitor how often you watch TV (and what you watch), what kind of meals you cook in your oven, the type of foods you keep in your refrigerator, and your energy consumption habits over time. From these insights, you may be able to analyze your daily habits and behaviors, and make adjustments to live the lifestyle you desire. Transform your smart phone, tablet or computer into a universal remote for your media, gone are the days when you need multiple remotes.

Disadvantages

The smart home also has vulnerabilities. The most obvious one being exposure to hackers. Well all  computer systems have this weakness. Measures can be taken to reduce the risks involved. Most of the time its actually due to carelessness that we get hacked. System failures can be caused by power outages. If a critical device like the server (main computer) is down you lose access to your automation system. This could mean you get locked out of your own house or fail to switch the lights on/off. This can be devastating & might even have major consequences at times.

Final Thought

Smart homes are slowly finding their way into society as people start to realize that they might need them. Maybe one day they will be as common as smart phones. Ultimately, connecting your appliances and other systems with automation technology will improve your appliance effectiveness and make your home life much easier and enjoyable!

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3 Comments

  • Emily says:

    Thank you for this introduction about smart homes. How do you make these connections secure?

    • Dale says:

      Hello Emily. Well, there are many ways we can make the system secure.
      1) Regular system checks & updates
      2)Encryption using SSL/TLS to prevent Man in the middle attacks(MITM)
      3)The use of Virtual Private Networks(VPN) to make sure you are not being tracked.
      4)Devices that do not need internet access are disconected so they can just communicate locally.
      5)Whenever you feel like your login credentials have been compromised you are advised to change them.
      6) Its also recommended to have a backing power supply for the system in case the grid supply fails at some point.
      7)We can enable you to get notifications whenever an unknown device connects to your network so that you can block it.

      There are many ways to secure the system. I hope you answered.

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