Technology has a vast influence on the way things are being done and humans have been constantly adapting to it. The ‘Internet of Things’ or IoT, has been making waves and it does come with quite a lot of jargon. It connects machine to machine through networks. To put it in simple terms IoT is simply connecting new devices to the internet just like computers. But how does it affect the way we live?Your alarm rings. Drapes are opened; coffee pot starts brewing your espresso. In the meanwhile, five minutes before your alarm went off, the water heater is turned on so that there is hot water in the shower. When you step into the kitchen, based on the items available, your refrigerator suggests the breakfast you can prepare and reminds you of the eggs you need to buy. TVs and lights in every room turn off once you leave the house. This is the kind of smart homes we are looking at in India in the not too distant future.
Home Automation is a Way of Life
According to Gartner, there will be over 20.5 billion connected ‘things’ by 2020, these connected devices are taking home automation to an entirely new level. Imagine coffee pots talking to mobile phones and sensors connecting to air conditioning devices. We can almost connect any imaginable device to the internet for a seamless experience. Automation driven by IoT is not only going to make our lives easier, comfortable and convenient but also conserve energy and save costs. Imagine optimizing air conditioning levels on a scorching summer day or the lights and your favorite music being turned off as soon as you go to sleep.
Watch Out: Anytime, Anywhere
Automation is not a fancy fad but the ability to control electricity consumption and save on costs if deployed intelligently. It also provides an innovative way to keep your home secure. For instance, by way of smart motion sensors, you can check on your little ones or the elderly at home from miles away, when triggered you can directly receive a video on your device. By setting your preferences, you can watch your kids, be informed when the door is unlocked or when there is maintenance work required. You will have a seamless control of all aspects of your residence with a flick of the switch.
Smart but secure
But while homes are smart they also need to be kept secure. One of the biggest threats to smart devices today is internet hackers. Therefore, as a user of this technology you need to constantly change the passwords on your devices, have your software updated and make sure that the ID of each device is changed post-purchase. Constant software update patches should be installed to prevent vulnerability.
Sit back and relax.
A smart home gives you the convenience of controlling and automating every device and appliance at home, it takes care of your safety and security needs and conserves energy and saves cost. In the very near future, we will live in apartments equipped and controlled completely by smart devices just like the homes in the popular 1960s animated sitcom – ‘The Jetsons’. Today real estate developers are investing and implementing the infrastructure to equip the homes of the future.
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