Common Problems Associated with IoT and Connectivity in Smart Homes
Over the next decade, it is believed that more than 75 billion IoT devices will be used in Smart Homes around the world.
Whilst this is likely to provide a smoother home experience for many, there are a number of common connectivity issues that those using the technology in the home will need to be aware of and how they can be circumvented.
In this article, we look at some of those issues and how to remedy them.
By far the most common problem encountered in recent years is that of interoperability between devices. Until 2016, when the OCF (Open connectivity Foundation) was formed to set industry standards and ensure that different devices created by the many different IoT manufacturers were able to communicate with each other, there was nothing official to say that interoperability of hardware was mandatory.
Since this interoperability problem has been addressed to a large extent by the OCF, the historical connectivity issues primarily relate to IoT hardware manufactured prior to 2016. The way to ensure that Smart Home technology you may be thinking of investing in isn’t going to experience these issues is to check that it carries the latest OCF specification, which at time of writing is “OCF 1.3”.
Multiple Control Points
Another issue that can occur inside a Smart Home relates to having too many control points for one system. A setup that employs multiple control points via display panels and smart devices can cause conflicts within the system itself and reduce the communication efficiency between all of the devices linked to the network.
The solution is to have one centralised IoT system control point, with one access device. This of course, is much easier to achieve should the IoT devices in your home are from the same branded supplier.
Ease of Use
The modern marketplace is awash with a range of different IoT devices and with that kind of choice, consumers will invariably opt for devices that are intuitive and easy to work out. This rule applies with most electronic devices in the home, not just IoT hardware, which makes the job of installation easier.
If your Smart Home system is populated with devices that are hard to use, then the chances that they will be used to their full potential diminishes greatly. The obvious solution to this problem is to do your research and make sure the IoT system you choose is the right one for you.
The good new is that IoT industry manufacturers are now highly geared to creating intuitive systems that are easy to operate, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding devices that you can install and manage with ease.
The Smart Home concept is still in its infancy and there will be some teething troubles on the journey to the perfect IoT home experience, but the connectivity issues discussed here are just that, teething troubles. Of course, there are other barriers to a smooth automated home, but if you do your research on the IoT brand you’re investing in and make sure it ticks all the boxes in terms of interoperability, ease of use and centralised control – you’ll likely have a much smoother, seamless experience.
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