Smart Home Solutions: What You Need to Know

A smart home makes life more convenient for us. Imagine your oven automatically heating up your dinner while you are on your way home from work. The temperature in your home is adjusted so that, by the time you arrive, it is at the right degree for your comfort. You don’t have to do any cleaning anymore because your cleaning robot does the work for you. These are just a few things that you can expect when you choose to automate your smart home.

What is a Smart Home?

Intelligent homes are equipped with internet-connected gadgets that provide users with remote monitoring and automation capabilities.

Smart homes give homeowners the feeling of security, comfort, convenience, and efficiency by being able to control their home based on their preferences. This type of home usually relies on smartphone apps or other networks that allow the homeowner to choose which part of their home they want to monitor.
This technology is referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT) where devices on a network work together. Additionally, they share consumer usage data among themselves and automate actions based on the homeowners’ preferences.

There are many devices in the market that can make your home a smart home. Just to give you an idea, here are a few of these smart gadgets that are being utilized nowadays.

Smart TVs

You can use them with streaming platforms like Netflix and HBOGo or watch your local channels with or without cable. Additionally, you can pair your TV wirelessly with various audio devices such as speakers without the use of pesky cables that you can trip on.

Smart Speakers

Smart speakers do more than just play your favorite music. You can use them to ask for updates on the weather, the latest news, and even function as your personal assistant. In fact, using the right smart speakers will enable you to control your home automation voice command. If you are going to integrate this smart device into your home, make sure that it is compatible with the rest of your gadgets.

Light Automation

There are two types of light automation that you can choose from. The first one is the smart light switches that allow you to control the brightness of the bulb through an app, making it a more user-friendly experience for you and your family. The second one is smart bulbs, which can bring dynamic mood-enhancing color into any room.

Smart Locker

Artificial Intelligence Technology Solutions (AITS) offers Smart Locker as a means to make your home safe. Traditional lock and key systems are no longer enough to secure your home. Smart Locker replaces it with a keypad system where you can enter your PIN code, use facial recognition, or QR code for access.

You don’t have to worry about forgetting your keys at home, or even burglars getting into your home by tampering with your locks. The Smart Locker ensures that your home and lockers are sealed safely. Additionally, this smart device is easy to set up so you don’t have to worry about replacing your door.

Smart Refrigerators

It is also possible for you to come across smart refrigerators. These appliances come in various designs and functions. For example, a smart fridge can tell you if you left the door open, list the food that you are running out of, and even tell you the contents of your fridge even without opening it. Some display the list of available items in your fridge on the unit itself while others send the information to an app you have installed on your mobile phone.

Benefits of a Smart Home

Transforming your residence into a smart home comes with several benefits that you should know of. Among these are:

Interconnectivity

You can increase the productivity of your home through the interconnected devices installed. Interconnectivity, or interoperability, is, in two words, device integration. It’s the ability of multiple smart home devices to “talk” to one another and thus deliver a seamless smart home experience. The more interconnected devices are, the more seamless the home automation experience is.

You don’t have to worry about forgetting to turn off the lights or adjust the thermostat, and so on. Everything you need to keep your house up and running will be available through your smartphone. The best part is that this automated system helps you keep your monthly bills lower compared to before.

Energy Management

Managing your utilities remotely and through automation, can have a huge impact on your utility bills. For example, you can pre-program your thermostat to a certain temperature whenever you are not at home then go back to your normal temperatures when you are on your way home.

Additionally, you can install smart outlets that let you turn your appliances on or off even when you are not around to save on electric bills.

Heightened Security

Another advantage to transforming your residence into a smart home is having a stronger security system in place. With real-time monitoring and surveillance in place, you will be able to keep an eye on your property as well as indoors even when you are not around. You can even get alerts when your automated security system spots unusual activities happening in your place.

Remote Monitoring

One of the best things about having a smart home is that you will be able to monitor your home even when you are at the office or in another country. Video surveillance and cameras can be set up around your property so you will be able to check your space any time. This way, you will be able to deter possible burglars from getting inside your home.

Wellness

If you have an elderly at home, your smart home can be used to keep an eye on them all the time. You can keep track of their movements and even alert the police or ambulance when they get into an accident on their own. Think of your smart home as a useful tool to assist your elders even when you are not there physically.

Privacy

Smart homes can improve our lives, true, but there is one issue about it that doesn’t sit well with other homeowners. Many are wondering about their privacy when automating their home. One particular smart device that can affect your privacy is your smart speaker.

Many homeowners forget that their smart speakers are still running in the background. Not only will they gather information on your preferences, but they will also use this data to sell your more items. The same goes true even when you are using your computer. You might have noticed that more ads are popping up on your social media account that is related to your recent purchases or browsing history.

Yes, having a smart home is convenient for us, but it is also easy for companies to sell items to us since our gadgets are listening in. This can pose a problem at times since hackers can listen in through your device without you even knowing about it.

CyberSecurity

Aside from the privacy issues associated with a smart home, you should also consider cybersecurity too. IoT technology is growing constantly, but cybersecurity is often forgotten. Since you are planning on transforming your home into a smart one, you should pay attention to the security features that come with the devices that you are using. It would help to know what security risks are associated with these gadgets so you can find the best solutions for them.

It would help if the password that you are using for your smart home system is randomized. Thieves will have a harder time figuring out your secret code especially when it is not related to your personal information in any way. Additionally, since your home will be connected to the internet, you need to ensure that you have a firewall setup to protect your system from hackers.

Without proper security measures for your smart home, there will always be a risk of outsiders getting access to your space. After all, IoT devices can be vulnerable in certain environments, not to mention hacking if there are not enough security measures in place. It is up to you to ensure that you are protecting your home’s automated system from outside attacks.

Home Automation Solution

Automating your home is not uncommon these days. However, you need to put in a little bit of time to carefully choose your devices and program them individually. Your smart home devices also need to be compatible with one another for seamless integration.

AITS can help you set up a customized and fully integrated smart home based on your needs and preferences. We understand the importance of the seamless integration of smart devices for convenience, efficiency, and productivity. With our system gathering real-time information and analyzing content, your home will be working smoothly for you for your peace of mind.

Call us at +65 6909 3593 to enquire about any smart home solutions available at AITS.

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