Smart Home – Is It What You Looking For?

TECHNOLOGY is improving, and with it, the borders between fantasy and reality are quickly blurring. A long time ago, a house was merely a roof on an individual’s head. But now, it is becoming more than that. If the idea of killer robots and thinking machines might unsettle a homeowner, then rest assured that everything will be fine.

Smart Home are here to help humanity, not engineer some sophisticated plot to take over the world. Composed of various intelligent devices that communicate with each other, Smart Home are capable of autonomously aiding a house owner in various areas such as safety, comfort, energy saving and much more.

For starters, sensors located inside a Smart House could tell an owner of any unwanted presence such as thieves and interlopers. Some security measures include biometric scanners allow only the legitimate occupants of the house to open the door, or even better, to access to electricity.

In other words, a burglar could break into the house but will be unable to use any electrical appliances. A security breach will trigger a message which is then delivered to the owner via mobile phone or through a computer. The owner will then be given the option to make a police report.

Note that the owner is still capable of receiving this information even though he or she is a far way across the world. The only prerequisite for such long-distance communication is the presence of internet connection. Using the same principle, concerned parents can also know if their child is back home on time after a late night out with their friends.

To conserve energy, Smart Home can also be programmed to engage the air conditioner and lights only when the occupants have returned home. Other configurations include disabling lights and air conditioner while enabling the fans during morning sessions. For hot seasons, the air conditioner will also regulate the temperature of the house.

During the night, security sensors will be activated, lights are extinguished and the curtains will be drawn. More advanced Smart Home systems are capable of reading the preference of its occupants and adjust the temperature according to their previous choices.

Other smart systems also incorporate built-in monitoring systems that record and calculate the usage of all the connected devices, providing the owner with an awareness of resources being used.

These are some of the capabilities of a Smart Home system. The term Smart Home is still under scrutiny, and it is still much contention in determining how much automation to deem the system as “smart.”

But the term Smart Home is further expanding as we speak. Sooner or later, lawn mowing or house cleaning too will be a thing of the past. As for us homeowners, we exist in this very auspicious time to enjoy the fruits of our technological prowess.

How smart is a smart home?

Imagine this:

You have had a terrible day at work, and you are driving back with a throbbing headache. Upon reaching your home, you find the front gate opening seamlessly and closing once you are on your front lawn.

You get down from your car, your house door opens, and the lights are being switched on. Going inside, you find that the air-conditioner has been turned on and is at the right temperature.

You step into your bathroom, and the water temperature and pressure is just right to reduce the intensity of your headache. You settle into bed, curtains were drawn in and the light dim enough for you to doze off into a deep sleep.

You wake up to sunlight gently streaming into your bedroom, and you hear the coffee machine pouring out your favourite wake-up drink.

That’s how smart a smart home could be.

The good side

1) You get to live a worry-free life

Since you will be controlling the appliances and systems by just using your smartphone, there will be no need of making a U-turn to check if you have turned off the heater.

2) The perfect environment for the elderly

If you have older adults in the family or if you are growing old, automated home systems are going to be a blessing as you would not have to manoeuvre much. All you will need is a remote to control everything in the house.

3) You get to save time

If you are a very busy person, having the key to every appliance and system in your house right underneath your fingers will save a considerable amount of time in the long run.

The other side

1) The possibility of being hacked

Smart home data are very crucial and can be used for all the wrong reasons if fallen into the wrong hands. Hackers may try to infiltrate the intelligent home data, and if they succeed, they will be able to control the appliances and systems in the home to aid a break-in.

2) Less tech-savvy people might face difficulties

Less tech-savvy users might be intimidated by the home automation applications and may not be open to the concept of smart homes.

Source: Star Property


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