What is a Smart Home & Office Technology?
A Smart Home & Office Technology is a residence that uses internet-connected devices to enable the remote monitoring and management of appliances and systems, such as lighting, energy, heating, air conditioning, security, Tv,s, Kitchen appliances etc. This is also referred to as Home/Office Automation where devices are connected to the internet of things (IoT) to automate and monitor in-home/office systems.
Furthermore, SMART home & office technology allows users to control and monitor their connected home devices from SMART home app, smartphones, or other networked devices. Users can remotely control connected home systems whether they are home or away. This allows for more efficient energy and electric use as well as ensuring your home is secure. SMART home & Office technology contributes to health and well-being enhancement by accommodating people with special needs, especially older people. SMART home technology is now being used to create SMART cities. A Smart city functions similar to a SMART home, where systems are monitored to more efficiently run the cities and save money.
Examples of Smart Home Technologies
The use of technology in every aspect of life increases by day, from simple tasks to complex systems. Technology has made these jobs look simple and easy to do. Examples of smart home/office technology includes:
- Smart TVs connect to the internet to access content through applications, such as on-demand video and music. Some smart TVs also include voice or gesture recognition.
- In addition to being able to be controlled remotely and customized, most smart lighting systems can detect when occupants are in the room and adjust lighting as needed. Smart lightbulbs can also regulate themselves based on daylight availability.
- Most Smart thermostats come with integrated Wi-Fi, allowing users to schedule, monitor and remotely control home temperatures. These devices also learn homeowners’ behaviors and automatically modify settings to provide residents with maximum comfort and efficiency. Smart thermostats can also report energy use and remind users to change filters, among other things.
- Using smart locks and garage-door openers, users can grant or deny access to visitors. Smart locks can also detect when residents are near and unlock the doors for them.
- With smart security cameras, residents can monitor their homes when they are away or on vacation. Smart motion sensors are also able to identify the difference between residents, visitors, pets and burglars, and can notify authorities if suspicious behavior is detected.
- Pet care can be automated with connected feeders. Houseplants and lawns can be watered by way of connected timers.
- Kitchen appliances of all sorts are available, including smart coffee makers that can brew you a fresh cup as soon as your alarm goes off; smart refrigerators that keep track of expiration dates, make shopping lists or even create recipes based on ingredients currently on hand; slower cookers and toasters; and, in the laundry room, washing machines and dryers.
- Household system monitors may, for example, sense an electric surge and turn off appliances or sense water failures or freezing pipes and turn off the water so there isn’t a flood in your basement.
Benefits of Smart Homes & Offices
One of the most touted benefits of home/office automation is providing peace of mind to homeowners, allowing them to monitor their homes remotely, countering dangers such as a forgotten coffee maker left on or a front door left unlocked.
Smart home/office Technology are also beneficial for the elderly, providing monitoring that can help seniors to remain at home comfortably and safely, rather than moving to a nursing home or requiring 24/7 home care.
Unsurprisingly, smart homes can accommodate user preferences. Example 1, as soon as you arrive home, your garage door will open, the lights will go on, the fireplace will roar and your favorite tunes will start playing on your smart speakers.
Example 2, a smart building can reduce energy costs using sensors that detect how many occupants are in a room. The temperature can automatically adjust, putting cool air on if sensors detect a full conference room, or turning the heat down if everyone in the office has gone home for the day.
Home/Office automation also helps consumers improve efficiency. Instead of leaving the air conditioning on all day, a smart home/office system can learn your behaviors and make sure the house is cooled down by the time you arrive home from work. The same goes for appliances. And with a smart irrigation system, your lawn will only be watered when needed and with the exact amount of water necessary. With home/office automation, energy, water and other resources are used more efficiently, which helps save both natural resources and money for the consumer.
However, home/office automation systems have struggled to become mainstream, in part due to their technical nature. A drawback of smart homes is their perceived complexity; some people have difficulty with technology or will give up on it with the first annoyance. Which is why our professional team of Engineers are available to make the configuration seamlessly for you in reducing complexity and improving the user experience to make it enjoyable and beneficial for users of all types and technical levels.