A smart home (intelligent home) is a residence that uses internet-connected devices to enable the remote monitoring and management of appliances and systems, such as lighting and heating.
Smart home security systems, provideshomeowners security, comfort, convenience and energy efficiency by allowingthem to control smart devices, often by a smart home app on their smartphone orother networked device. A part of the internet of things (IoT), smart home systems and devices often operate together, sharing consumer usage data among themselves and automating actions based on the home owners’ preferences.
Examples of smart home technology and home automation
- Smart TVs connect to the internet to access content through applications, such as on-demand video and music. Some smart TVs also includevoice or gesture recognition.
- In addition to being able to be controlled remotely and customized,smart lighting systems, such as Hue from Philips Lighting Holding B.V., candetect when occupants are in the room and adjust lighting as needed. Smartlightbulbs can also regulate themselves based on daylight availability.
- Smart thermostats,Wi-Fi, allowing users to schedule, monitor andremotely control home temperatures. These devices also learn homeowners’behaviors and automatically modify settings to provide residents with maximumcomfort and efficiency. Smart thermostats can also report energy use and remindusers to change filters, among other things.
- Using smart locks and garage-door openers, users can grant or denyaccess to visitors. Smart locks can also detect when residents are near andunlock the doors for them.
- With smart security cameras, residents can monitor their homes whenthey are away or on vacation. Smart motion sensors are also able to identifythe difference between residents, visitors, pets and burglars, and can notify authorities if suspicious behavior is detected.
- Pet care can be automated with connected feeders. House plants and lawns can be watered by way of connected timers.
- Kitchen appliances of all sorts are available, including smart coffeemakers that can brew you a fresh cup as soon as your alarm goes off; smart refrigerators that keep track of expiration dates, make shopping lists or evencreate recipes based on ingredients currently on hand; slower cookers andtoasters; and, in the laundry room, washing machines and dryers.
Smart home automation is very important for your safety. To feel safe, you must use smart home systems.