At the moment, there is a rapid development of technologies that can be used to automate the processes of housing and communal services, as well as demand growth in the housing market with automated systems. These processes create a favorable environment for entrepreneurs and engineers, leading the development and distribution of various technical solutions for smart home technology.
The main feature of the technology is the combination of individual devices and subsystems into a single automatically controlled complex. You can decide to automate and connect versatile home devices and systems to receive a fully smartened-up abode with a lot of convenient opportunities. Aside from that, many people today enjoy ready automated products, like for example adjustable desks, TV lifts, or smart bed frames.
New Features Your Home Can Gain Applying the Automated Technologies
Lighting control. The system makes it possible to combine into a single network all devices operating in the building and outside it, which allows you to control and significantly save on electricity consumption. The lighting level can be adjusted using remote controls, keypads, touch panels, switches, and devices running on Apple or Android operating systems.
Microclimate management. “Smart home” is equipped with a climate control system that works in multitasking mode. She simultaneously controls the devices that carry out the processes of ventilation, heating, and air conditioning of the building. The system is able to set the temperature for each room individually and constantly maintain it at a given level. It also allows you to control the operation of baths, saunas, heated floors, and microclimate in the winter garden.
Security system management. Intelligent technologies integrated into the “smart home” help protect your home from unauthorized entry. Fire alarm devices, as well as systems to prevent accidents related to water damage or gas leaks, will help protect your home from accidents. In the event of an emergency power outage, the backup energy saving system is activated. In case of penetration into the dwelling, the video surveillance and burglar alarm system will warn their owners and record what is happening.
Multiroom. The system allows you to distribute video or sound from the signal source to the entire room. For example, you can turn on the audio player in the bedroom, and the music will be heard throughout the house, or you can play a movie on the DVD player in the kitchen, and watch it, say, in the living room.
Awakening. Smart home technologies make the process of waking up easier and, oddly enough, enjoyable. All that is needed from the owner of the house is to draw up a clear scenario according to which the technology will work. For example, at exactly the specified time, the house opens the curtains, turns on the music, and even carefully brews coffee in the kitchen.
Medical smart devices
Another trend that has been accelerated by the pandemic is that many smart home technologies have begun to either focus entirely on health benefits or at least emphasize the possibility of application in this area. For example, smart thermostats have long been among the most popular devices, but now some have integrated features such as humidity sensors to help improve air quality.
Sales of smart air purifiers and air conditioners have also surged to help improve and maintain air quality during this global health crisis.
Pedagogy. Smart Home offers its services in raising children. The system gives battle to the long and useless sitting of children at the computer. With its help, parents can control the time spent by their children on the Internet by restricting access to various “harmful” devices, such as TV, computer, and other items. In a similar way, a “smart home” will be able to structure and discipline a child’s life.
The role of artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things (Internet of Things, IoT) in the development of a smart home
Thanks to the proliferation of voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Siri, most people are familiar with at least some aspects of AI functionality. This technology continues to improve, better understanding commands and responding to them in more relevant ways. Artificial intelligence in smart homes helps residents listen to music, update their to-do lists, turn lights off and on, and more.
The Internet of Things (essentially all things in the world that are connected to the Internet) is still more complex to understand, but the progress made in the smart home world with regard to IoT will have many implications for making life easier, especially in the field of smart kitchen and smart bathroom.
Development Prospects of Automated Technologies
The introduction of the most basic elements of a smart home only at the stage of construction of an office building or a residential building allows you to subsequently combine these smart buildings into a single network. In the near future, this phenomenon will occur more often, but already at the level of small areas. This means that in the future, the construction of smart houses can turn into the creation of “intelligent cities”.
Advantages of implementing automation, dispatching, and security systems in urban life support facilities:
- Collection and accounting of the necessary statistical information with the subsequent generation of reports for the administrative services of the city;
- Monitoring the operation of engineering systems, planning preventive and repair work, and increasing the life of equipment;
- Monitoring and recording the consumption of urban resources (water, gas, electricity), increasing the efficiency of their use;
- Based on the experience of real estate companies, the most successful and sold projects are houses and offices with integrated control systems. Increasingly, the buyer is interested not only in the design of the project but also in modern systems that save money. From this follows the conclusion: the future belongs to smart homes.
Smart home technologies face the challenges of data leakage and security breaches. To stay relevant to today’s consumers, companies are refining features to ensure users of these devices keep their information and privacy safe at home.