Smart home – when homes become smart

Published on 21.01.2019

Heating that not just switches on at specified times, but technology that records and processes information to react accordingly. Doors and locking systems that check and record access.
Added fire safety, protection from bad weather and unauthorized access, energy savings, more convenience, boosted efficiency: smart home is a relatively new buzzword that simultaneously represents an interesting field promising growth and potential.

Linking devices to each other and creating networks with smartphones or the security center.

Smart homes merge domestic technology (such as heating, air conditioning, shading) with domestic appliances (e.g. washing machines) and warning systems (for instance smoke alarms, cameras, motion sensors) as well as our smartphones or tablets. Many devices and systems can already be controlled using Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri or any other voice control systems. However, many other monitoring, input, and control units are used and there are also apps by manufacturers or service providers to control systems. Warning or error messages can additionally be sent directly to commissioned building services engineers, manufacturers, or security centers. However, typically you are granted remote access, even worldwide via the Internet and WiFi networks. For some time now it has also been possible to carry out maintenance and even some repairs remotely. This saves time and money.

Smart homes can save lives.

Some may consider smart homes to be somewhat of a gimmick. However, most of us will admit that intelligent air conditioning and access control systems have become essential nowadays for large, complex buildings, such as office towers, factories, hospitals, or museums. Yet, when it comes to their own home, several technology aficionados hesitate. Suitable smart home components can – if they have been programmed and applied properly – even protect our health and save lives. This not only applies to fire safety and warning systems. Motion sensors, cameras, and control systems are capable of assessing and analyzing the situation, checking whether everything is “normal”, i.e. within the usual parameters, or whether there is no activity or input at certain times of day. In this case, for instance emergency services can be notified automatically.

New fields of employment for IT specialists thanks to smart homes.

Smart home solutions have one thing in common. They no longer operate fully mechanically. Devices themselves as well as sensors throughout living spaces and outdoor areas record data and analyze it with software. And in the meantime, the software has not only become individually controllable and programmable, but it is often also adaptive. Devices can also communicate and coordinate actions with each other regardless of user interactions.

However, this kind of intelligence makes some smart home elements susceptible to attacks, for instance by hackers. This is where IT security once again plays a vital role. An efficient house and a modern apartment consequently require IT components and specialists that design and program, set up, secure, and coordinate elements with each other.
Smart homes, smart buildings, and the Internet of Things demonstrate how IT is increasingly penetrating all our areas of living to open up new opportunities.

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