Generally, a smart home is a result of home automation or domotics using intelligent technologies.

Because artificial intelligence (AI) and internet technologies are quickly advancing, and have found their way into our homes. “Smart homes” is a phrase we are all becoming accustomed to; it refers to the exciting new technologies popular in home automation.

In a smart home, domestic appliances and systems are monitored and controlled remotely or by automated processes. Any home can turn into a smart home; just what exactly is making all this possible?

Interconnected devices

Interconnection of devices through the Internet of Things (IoT) is an integral part of home automation. The aim of interconnecting devices in homes continues to grow as more and more electrical manufacturers embrace its value. Today, you’ll find IoT capabilities in the most unlikely of devices, including fridges, washing machines and smoke detectors.

Robust security and safety systems

Security and safety are one of the main benefits of modern-day home automation. A complete security system can include features such as motion sensors, alarm systems, security lights, intruder detection systems and secure locks. A safety system detects and mitigates hazards within and around the home, For example, automatic locking doors can open and close with simple gestures or voice commands should you arrive at the door with full hands.

Advanced CCTV surveillance systems are being can be used to track vital variables such as airflow and energy loss in and around the house. Useful safety features include smart smoke detectors, fire alarms, and even air purifiers.

Voice control

We have already seen voice controls on vehicles, search engines and phones, and now we see it in homes. Besides the popular voice-activated assistants and speakers such as Google Home and Amazon Echo, several devices now come with voice command integration. Voice activation is intriguing; fortunately, this technology has advanced well enough for use in basic controls.

Preferences customisation

Preferences are environmental parameters that make a home comfortable for the occupants. These are things like temperature, lighting, and humidity. Preferences automation allows devices to make environmental adjustments automatically while being controlled from a central console, for instance, an app on your cell phone or smart screen device.

Décor-friendly gadgets

Aesthetics is finally starting to catch up with smart technology. Device manufacturers are keen on encouraging homeowners to install gadgets that match with the interiors of their homes. Designers are going a long way in making control units and devices that become part of the décor by blending seamlessly into walls, ceilings and shelves.

Integrated entertainment system

An integrated entertainment system allows its users to customise their music, games, TV shows, and movies experiences. The system can learn the users’ taste in entertainment over time and create a distinct playback schedule and playlist. Smart entertainment systems also come with intuitive and convenient controls such as voice commands and gesture control.

Smart appliances

Interconnection of smart devices is probably the most exciting feature of smart homes. Regular home appliances can communicate and share data using various networking technologies, including the Internet of Things (IoT), Bluetooth, and infrared connectivity. Ultimately, this makes smart devices more efficient and better at interacting with the user to offer a personalised experience.

Energy efficient

A smart home is not complete without addressing energy efficiency problems. Most smart homes are not built from the ground up with a keen interest in energy conservation. But, a few additions of intelligent green technologies can transform a smart home into an eco-friendly building. Some of the leading energy efficiency features include solar panels installations, smart grid appliances, eco-friendly architecture, and efficient plumbing systems.

Gadgets for babies and pets

The smallest and cutest members of the household – pets and babies, are also getting their share of smart gadget upgrades. Parents can now purchase advanced baby monitors that track the child’s vitals, whereabouts and periodically reports on their health and development. Animal lovers can monitor their pet’s diet, movement and hygiene using smart collars and implants.

Automation is a fast-growing industry

Home automation is on the rise as more electrical manufacturers seek to make their mark in the industry. Pretty soon, it will become difficult to draw the line on what indeed classifies a smart home. We might have to come up with a better definition of smart homes once some of the defining technologies become standard household features.