A smart home is a house that can be controlled with the touch of a button. The whole house can actually be connected to a small home controller through a home automation system. This controller is like a remote control that can be used to activate the system around the house.
If a smart home is well designed it will appear that the house is really running by itself. It seems to run without help.
This means that the sprinkler will turn on and turn off automatically, the coffee will be automatically brewed in the morning before you wake up, the light will turn on and off in the front room at the right time, the curtain will open automatically, the security system will be activated, the entertainment system will show movies or play music, etc.
Some units will even allow people to order food and send it. While this may seem like reckless luxury to some people, it is a blessing for people who are confined to their homes for one reason or another.
However, there are a number of weaknesses that can be attributed to the home automation system. If something happens to a central automation unit, then everything can be interrupted.
This includes things that are important as far as running the house away, in addition to important things that make the occupants safe and healthy.
So, if it is not installed properly, instead of being a warm and comfortable place to relax, the automatic home can be a place full of technical disturbances that need to be managed into ad infinitum.
Maybe that is why many people choose to have their home automation systems installed by reputable companies that stand behind their jobs.
The market itself is growing rapidly, at a rate of around 20% per year. Part of that is due to the increasing demand for home network packages and high-profile entertainment systems. That is why most companies that have specialized in security, intercom and home lighting systems now sell video systems and audio equipment as well.
Rapid growth should not be surprising because there has been a shift in our economy to home-based workers. And now because so many people spend more time at home, there is an increasing demand for convenience in the market.
When people begin to integrate home automation into their lifestyle, many of them become addicted. It seems that once you do it the concept of a kind of feed on itself. For example, many people start with a system that can control one of the lights throughout the house.
It looked great at first. But then, after the novelty had faded and the function was taken for granted, many people began to wonder, “Why do I have to keep grabbing the remote? Should the system not know when I turn off the light and continue?”
And it starts the next stage, where people start to improve their systems and make them more automatic.
In order for their system to “know” when they want something done, they have to put a lot of sensors in their homes. This may include Bluetooth proximity applications, RFID tags, and more.