Home Automation + The Internet of Things
We are in the day and age now where nearly everything can be connected over the internet and then be accessed from anywhere in the world. So how does that affect our Home Automation? Well, about 10 years ago Home Automation used to be just manually setting timers in your house and saying “I don’t have to touch my heating now; it will turn off and on at the times I have set it”. The same could be said for light switches turning off or on and set times. But then, the internet came in and revolutionised everything, it made the ‘automated home’ into a ‘Smart Home’.
Mobile control of Smart Home
A major advantage of having your devices connected to the internet is the Mobile Control. Meaning, you can access your devices from home from anywhere in the world.
As long as you can gain access to the internet from a device such as a phone; a tablet; a laptop or a PC then you can access to the devices in your home.
This could be anything from making sure your heating is off when you are out, or if you know you’re going to get home early then turning it on prior to you being home instead of waiting for your house to warm up when you get in. It could be checking your security cameras, or making sure doors and windows are shut.
You can also receive notifications if anything unusually does happen in your house, such as if motion sensors or cameras detect movement when there shouldn’t be any or if your fire alarm goes off.
This is now a world where the majority of people have phones with contracts that have data on them and so there is rarely any given time when you are not connected to the internet and so not connected to your Smart Home.
Connect all devices together
Another benefit of having all your devices connected to the internet is that we can then Connect the Devices Together. Using an Automated System, the various different devices in the home can be connected together and communicate with each other. Now that the all the devices in your home are communicating together under one system, it can be used to create programs or schedules.
You can create a morning schedule with all your devices in the bedroom. Set up your Lights to turn on, play some music, have the heating turn on all as soon as your alarm goes off in the morning. Maybe there is even an automated coffee machine out there so you can have your morning coffee sat waiting for you in the kitchen. All of this can be done without you even having to press a button.
Maybe it is simpler than that, it could be motion sensors turning lights on and off when you walk in and out of rooms or the lights changing brightness when your turn on the TV you give you the right atmosphere. The limits of what these devices can do once they are all connected to the internet are really up to you.
Monitor power usage
Once all the devices are all communicating with each then they are also communicating with you and you can Monitor all of your electrical devices. The ability to look back at your last month and see how long your lights have been on and how much have you used your heating one of the best features in a Smart Home.
But, it is not just monitoring, it is viewing potential cost savings. It is knowing how much would it saving putting the heating down a few degrees? it’s aving the lights turn off when someone leaves the room instead of manually turning them off when you happen to remember?
The energy consumption in the household is shared through your Automated Home System over the internet for you to view and then make changes as you see fit to save you money and better look after the environment with minimal effort.
If you are ready to take advantage of the new technologies and the connected home then don’t hesitate to speak with us more about Internet of Things. Home of Technologies can help you with forward looking and comprehensive solutions exactly for your needs.