The incorporation of new technologies into our homes is already a reality. Devices that save energy, automate tasks or allow us to control our appliances from our smartphone. Based on the advantages of the Internet of Things or Artificial Intelligence, smart houses are already part of the Smart City ecosystem. Do you want to know their keys?
What are smart homes?
When we talk about the definition of smart homes (Smart Home) or connected homes, we refer to the incorporation and full integration of new technologies in the domestic sphere. Not only for the performance of a specific task, but in everything that refers to the management and organization of the daily life of its inhabitants.
The concept of digital home is not a term of the future, but there are more and more connected homes that, thanks to home automation, can manage, receive information and automate and optimize tasks that, otherwise, would depend on the direct action of its residents. Do you know what home automation is ?
The houses of the future not only interact with their residents, but also with the urban environment in which they are located and, thanks to connected devices and smart sensors of the Internet of Things, they can significantly improve the quality of life of their inhabitants and their environment, thanks to the sustainable consumption and energy efficiency systems that are part of smart homes.
Advantages of smart homes
This integration of new technologies in the domestic environment brings with it important advantages that, among others, can be summarized as:
Process automation thanks to the integration of connected devices, smart homes can organize daily tasks such as the shopping list, energy consumption, classification and management of expenses, the agenda of its residents, or the maintenance of the equipment that is part of it. her.
Efficient consumption management: Undoubtedly, one of the most outstanding aspects of smart homes is the incorporation of consumption control elements and systems that, either from a central device or through connected objects, are committed to energy efficiency and sustainable consumption to reduce the electricity bill, water consumption or expenses related to the day-to-day life of homes.
Remote management: Smart homes can be controlled by their users from their mobile phone or any other connected device that, in this way, can control both what happens in their home or manage actions without having to be present at home.
Security: Another aspect that, at the moment, sets a trend in devices for smart homes is the commitment to the installation of access control systems or to avoid domestic incidents in the absence of its users.
The autonomy of the elderly and dependent people: Thanks to the automation of tasks and remote management, via connected devices, smart homes significantly promote the independence of the elderly or those who suffer from some type of disability. In the same way, connected homes bring peace of mind to their family members or caregivers.
Connectivity: Smart homes connect with their surroundings and improve communication both from an internal point of view and with the urban environment from which they send and receive information that allows optimizing processes and improves the quality of life of their residents.
Smart home devices
The incorporation of new devices to promote smart homes and connected homes has already become popular and there are several brands and large distribution chains that are committed to the incorporation of smart solutions at competitive prices. Do you know these ‘gadgets’?
1- Intelligent lighting systems
One of the solutions that are becoming more popular within the concept of smart homes is the new models of lighting systems and smart bulbs. Through an external device, the user can connect and control them from their mobile device and, in this way, manage their use, the intensity of the light, or even the lighting tone. Department stores such as Leroy Merlin or Ikea already offer smart light bulbs at a reduced price, while other companies like Phillips are committed to comprehensive smart lighting systems with Hue Go.
2- Smart speakers as control centers
Another of the most fashionable and accessible devices for all budgets are the so-called smart speakers that become a control center in smart homes since they allow us to control other devices (such as lighting or electrical appliances) and with which, to Through your voice, you can select music, make inquiries as a virtual assistant, searches … The best known are Amazon Echo and Google Home, which these days have been joined by Invoke, owned by Microsoft.
3- Smart locks and security systems
Security is one of the most valued elements in this new world of smart homes. Thanks to the Internet of Things and your smartphone you can create electronic keys, with a limited period. Do you know the Andalusian initiative Lockart promoted by Minerva? control access to your home with smart video intercoms or electronic peepholes that send the image to your smartphone and with which you can contact instantly wherever you are.
4- Smart plugs and energy-saving devices
Thanks to these smart devices you can save on your electricity bill since they are activated and deactivated according to consumer needs. The smart plugs can be connected to the access and to control the consumption of appliances and, in the same way, promote safety in electrical installation, as all objects that are part of a smart home, control can from your mobile device. In the same way, smart thermostats allow you to optimize the temperature of the home, manage it from anywhere, and save up to 37% in consumption.
These are just some examples of ‘gadgets’ that you can buy to turn your home into a smart home and to which you have to join other devices such as Smart TV, smart refrigerators, vacuum cleaners that connect to the Internet, alert sensors, and automatic connection with the emergency services….
Smart homes are already part of our daily lives and even Facebook already has its software, called Jarvis, which will apply artificial intelligence to connect to all the functions of our home.