A Beginners Guide to a Home Automation System
With the increasing popular concept of home automation or Internet of Things (IoT), the possibilities of smart home technology are pretty limitless and represent a real breakthrough.
You may have already heard of the increasingly popular concept of home automation or Internet of Things (IoT), as the method of controlling all of the connected electrical devices in your home from a smart device and enabling your home’s systems to be monitored and adjusted from anywhere in the world.
If not, then in this article, we take a brief look now at the notion of automating your home and what it involves. We’ll also assume that by the very fact that you’re reading this online, that you understand the role an internet connection plays in the modern day.
Internet of Things (IoT)
Essentially, a home automation system involves connecting a range of cutting edge devices into your broadband connection, each with its own unique IP address. The technology allows the device to be identified and controlled remotely via a smartphone, from any location that has mobile access to the internet. It can perform jobs like turning your lights on and off or adjusting your heating whilst away from home a simple and stress free process.
A key element of an automated home are sensors, which are used in many integrated devices to monitor certain aspects of your home. When triggered, these sensors send a signal to a central device (usually a smartphone) which then prompts the user to make adjustments based on the received information or simply offers a status update. This ability of what’s known as a ‘Smart Home’ to enable someone to turn heating and air conditioning on and off remotely, can offer a huge saving on energy bills, which is something that understandably, has broad appeal.
The system relies entirely on the integrity of your broadband connection, so if it is an unreliable one, it will impact on your automated system. However, with a large and rapidly growing number of people having access to broadband and fibre optic internet, the viability of the system is assured and it seems to be just a matter of time until every modern house features some kind of automation.
Each centralised home automation system needs to have a ‘hub’, through which everything is controlled. This can either be in the form of the aforementioned smartphone or as one of the ubiquitous Alexa Hub or Google Hub devices that have received so much publicity. The hub needs to exist, as many of the devices being automated don’t have any computing ability, aside from being able to detect changes via its sensors and send a signal to the controller.
Whichever way it is configured, someone in a Smart Home enjoys a much more seamless and effortless interactive living experience, saving money into the bargain. The uptake of services like these is accelerating fast, and it seems inevitable that their use will continue to spread now and for the foreseeable future.
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The possibilities of smart home technology are pretty limitless and represent a real breakthrough, where maintaining and securing your home can all be done at the touch of a screen with the minimum of fuss.
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