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Smart home Connectivity is a new expected standard now


SMART HOMES




A smart home uses technology to monitor and control all the devices and appliances. Door locks, televisions, thermostats, home monitors, cameras, lights, and even appliances such as the refrigerator can be monitored and controlled through one device like mobile phones and laptops. The user can create time schedules changes to take effect.


WHAT IS HOME AUTOMATION?


The idea behind home automation is to make the smart devices work automatically, responding to the occupant’s activity. For example, if an automation is set to adjust the lighting when a movie is played, it will dim the lights during the movie and go back to normal when the movie is paused or stopped. Amazon echo is an example of a home automation system.


EXAMPLES OF SMART DEVICES


SMART LIGHTING




With smart lighting, traditional light bulbs are replaced with smart light bulbs. An internet-connected hub connects all of the bulbs, providing control over the lighting ,which reduces unnecessary light and energy use. When the residents are away, these smart lights also switch on at a random time, to prevent theft.


SMART THERMOSTATS


Smart thermostats are responsible for controlling a home's heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. They work through the heating system’s boiler, the thermostat’s main control, and an app downloaded in the smart device. The more high-tech type of smart thermostat has the ability to learn the user’s schedule from their behaviour. It can also turn off the heating or air conditioning system automatically when they leave their home.


SMART SMOKE DETECTORS


When smoke is detected, these devices send an alert to the occupant’s phone through Wi-Fi and alert them even when they are away from home.

ADVANTAGES OF SMART HOMES


  1. Provides the ability to control all the devices through one interface, thereby saving time

  2. Makes it easier for the elderly and disabled, as they can manage all the devices in one

  3. Improves home security

  4. Provides remote control of home devices

  5. Makes the home more energy efficient by switching off devices and appliances when not in use.

  6. Gives an insight of the daily habits and behaviours of a person like their sleep time, thereby letting them make changes to their lifestyle.


DISADVANATGES OF SMART HOMES


  1. Home automation systems are expensive

  2. Their basic requirement is the internet and if the connection gets interrupted , it disables the access and control of the system

  3. These systems can be hacked and poses privacy concerns

  4. Smart homes are complex technological systems and therefore are quite vulnerable to technical problems

  5. If the system is set up in a poor or incompetent manner, it will not obey or recognise the commands. For example, the users can be locked out of their home if it does not recognise their voice.

  6. Due to compatibility issues between the devices, the user might need to use a variety of apps to control their devices.

  7. Technology gets outdated soon



REFERENCE


1. https://environmental-conscience.com/smart-homes-pros-cons/

2.https://www.techhive.com/article/3297744/smart-home-guide-for-beginners-how-to-make-your-home-more-convenient-to-live-in.html

3. https://smarthomeworks.com.au/

4. https://www.investopedia.com/

5. https://149walnut.com/2018-07-smart-home-vs-home-automation-whats-the-difference


AUTHOR : SHARANYA D

FIELD APPLICATION SPECIALIST

MedCuore Medical Solutions Private Limited





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