Beginners guide to Smart Home Automation

“Hey Siri, Good night”! That’s all I have to say to call it a night.

My home lights are turned off except for the night lamp, front door is locked; my air conditioner dips in temperature and I am all set for a good night.

It is not just convenient, these features save energy and money on utility bills. It may seem a little overwhelming to a few but that is only because it is a relatively new technology. Believe me, it is a lot simpler than it seems. Smart home technology is simpler now than ever before. The market has enough DIY (Do it yourself) devices for you to get started.

What Is Home Automation?

Simply put, Home Automation is the automatic control of electronic & electrical appliances in your home. The electrical system is connected with your IP system and that enables you to control electrical & electronic devices on connected devices anywhere in the world.

Home Automation allows you to control electrical appliances using voice commands and smartphones

Your home devices can be controlled via an app or voice assistants. Not just control, you can monitor usage, create schedules so that they turn on or off automatically at a time of the day. For example, you can schedule your lights to turn off automatically at the time you normally go to sleep. With security cameras, you can always check up on your home and smart door locks enable you to let the right people in, even when you are away from home, without having to leave the key under that mat.

With geofences, you can turn on the AC and pre-cool your home before you return from work. IoT (Internet of Things) based Home Automation makes life more convenient, safe secure and also saves money on energy bills.

But what is the Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things or IoT refers to any device that is connected to the Internet beyond smartphones and computers, those devices that are not normally connected from lights to kitchen appliances, sensors, etc.

When a device is connected to the internet then many possibilities open up, as they can share & receive information. Take for instance the cell phone; before smartphones, all you could do was call, send texts with them. Now you can read, write, take pictures, navigate in a new city, and make flight bookings all with one single device.

IoT devices can be broadly classified into three categories;

1. Things that collect and then send data,

2. Things that receive data and then act on it

3. Things that do both.