Making a Sweet Smart home

Home automation

Home automation 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. Home devices are an important constituent of the Internet of Things (“IoT”) when connected to the Internet.

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 toward 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 backward compatibility.

Home automation has a high potential for sharing data between family members or trusted individuals for personal security and could lead to energy-saving measures with a positive environmental impact in the future.