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Home automation or domotics is building automation for a home, called a smart home or smart house. A home automation system will monitor and/or control home attributes such as lighting, climate, entertainment systems, and appliances. It may also include home security such as access control and alarm systems. When connected with the Internet, home devices are an important constituent of the Internet of Things (“IoT”).
A home automation system typically connects controlled devices to a central smart home hub (sometimes called a “gateway“). The user interface for control of the system uses either wall-mounted terminals, tablet or desktop computers, a mobile phone application, or a Web interface that may also be accessible off-site through the Internet.
While there are many competing vendors, there are increasing efforts towards open source systems. However, there are issues with the current state of home automation including a lack of standardized security measures and deprecation of older devices without backwards compatibility.
Home automation technology has the potential to revolutionize the way we live, bringing greater convenience, security, and energy efficiency to our homes. One of the key benefits of this technology is its ability to share data between family members or trusted individuals, which can enhance personal security and safety in several ways.
For example, home automation systems may send alerts to family members or trusted individuals when certain events occur, such as an unexpected entry or an unusual change in temperature. These alerts can help to identify potential security threats and allow for a timely response. Additionally, it locks doors automatically, turns off lights, and adjusts thermostats when occupants leave home, enhancing security and energy efficiency.
In addition to security benefits, home automation technology can lead to energy-saving measures with a positive environmental impact. Homeowners can reduce energy consumption and lower their utility bills by automating the control of lighting, heating, and cooling systems.
Automation can generate savings through intelligent thermostats, learning occupants’ preferences, and automatically adjusting temperature settings to maximize comfort and energy efficiency. Similarly, smart lighting systems can be programmed to turn off lights when rooms are unoccupied or adjust the intensity of lighting based on the time of day and natural light levels.
Overall, the potential benefits of home automation technology are significant, and as the technology continues to advance, we can expect to see even more innovative applications in the future. From enhanced security and safety to energy savings and environmental benefits, home automation technology is to transform how we live, work, and interact with our homes.
The home automation market was worth US$5.77 billion in 2013, predicted to reach a market value of US$12.81 billion by the year 2020.
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