IoT Smart Home
IoT Smart Home Automation
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Let’s find out why so many people are eager to adopt connected technology in their homes and how they expect to return their smart home investment.
Interestingly, the first generation of smart homes had little to do with intelligence and was more about remote control and automation. A decade ago, a futuristic space where you could operate blinders from your smartphone or teach your thermostat to remember what temperature you prefer was enough to call it a smart home. In 2019, this concept implies much more than that.
Today, a smart home using IoT and data science lives up to the consumer’s expectations and sometimes even exceeds them. Using sensors, devices, appliances and the whole spaces in your house constantly collect data on how you use them. They learn about your habits and determine consumption patterns using complex algorithms. These insights then help personalize your experience at a granular level.
Take the latest thermostats like Nest or Ecobee, for example. IoT smart home devices of the new generation use their sensor datum to automatically adjust regimes to your routines. They monitor your location in real-time and turn the heating on and off accordingly.
The best part is that you really don’t have to do anything. Smart thermostats rely on their algorithms to personalize the use of heating to your needs and save you good money on reduced energy use.
Monitoring and control
Thanks to smart home IoT solutions, we get a brand new level of control over our household. Not only can we remotely switch on and off our appliances, but also control the full range of functionality on mobile or web applications.
More importantly, smart systems give you a previously unavailable picture of how things work in your household. Connected devices collect data, process it and output meaningful insights on your app’s dashboards. Thus, you can monitor, for example, how much electricity each device uses, calculate spending on utilities in real time, track humidity and other air quality conditions in your space, etc.
How to monitor and control electricity consumption using IoT for households and utility companies.
Optimization of spending
As mentioned above, IoT and smart home systems enable transparency to your household. This, in turn, allows you to seriously cut down on your utility spending.
Using the insights generated on electricity, water and gas consumption, you can easily identify the waste points and adjust your usage accordingly. On top of that, smart appliances are usually designed to optimize the use of resources. Smart lighting, for example, automatically turns on and off depending on the data coming from the presence sensors.
An American on average wastes 283 kw hours of energy monthly, equal to an electric oven running at 350° F for 6 days.
The previous benefit implies a positive environmental impact. Optimizing the use of resources, not only do we reduce our spending, but also decrease our carbon footprint.
In fact, IoT is already the driving force of green energy initiative. Smart utility systems and energy saving devices for connected homes only expand the benefits of IoT adoption for the environment.
IoT-based smart home automation is one of the basic applications in this field. Intelligent algorithms grant household appliances and devices a certain level of autonomy and provide them with situation-based decision-making capabilities.
Thus, a smart fridge can decide to reorder groceries online, and window blinders adjust to the daylight change and let just as much natural light to make the residents feel comfortable. As a result, this level of home automation makes our lives easier and still leaves the main control in our hands.
Systems like August lock or TP-Link camera for household security are the usual part of a connected home kit. Enhanced security is a smart home benefit IoT adopters favor the most. However, smart locks and surveillance cameras are not the only tools to improve the security of households.
Today, IoT monitoring systems for households are able to detect power surges, recognize leakages using water or gas sensors, warn about dangerous air pollution and send timely notifications to prevent complications or even a catastrophe.
The market of IoT tools and services for smart home is incredibly broad and diverse. Some producers focus on improving a specific part of the household environment, for example, temperature regulation. Others build complete hubs for a smart home that include many touchpoints and are able to connect with other smart devices, for example, Amazon Alexa or Google Home assistants. Here are some examples from both categories:
- Sensor Strips. This is a good example of one-size-fits-all IoT tools for multiple purposes. Swedish company Sensative produces magnetic Strips with different sensors that turn any home space or device into a smart one. You just need to attach the Strip to an object in your home—a door, window, floor, etc. The sensors will then report if the backdoor is open, notify about the leakages or identify the unusual activity of the windows.
- Smart locks. Among smart home technology IoT-based locks were one of the first connected devices adopted at a wide scale. August locks stand out among others in the market for the great attention the company puts in its products’ compatibility and user experience. These smart locks have everything—outstanding security features, a sleek app for users, plenty of features, easy access (remote via WiFi and local via Bluetooth) and integration with the most popular virtual assistants (Alexa, Siri, Google Home).
- Power consumption telemetry. At Digiteum, we have developed a complex system for electricity consumption monitoring and control. This system allows household residents to remotely control the sockets in their homes, track power consumption and calculate spending on electricity in real time. Utility companies, in turn, get firsthand insights on the way households use electricity, identify trends and offer demand-based pricing based on this information.
- Wireless power and connectivity. Ossia’s Cota has won many innovation awards. This technology enables remote power transmission and connectivity across the whole smart space. Cota can charge hundreds of different IoT sensors and devices and connect diverse smart objects into one unified environment. Thus, Ossia solves one of the biggest problems in smart home and IoT—fragmentation of the market, lack of connectivity and standardization.
- Solar power surfaces. Sunpartner Technologies has been producing smart surfaces for years. Originally, this is smart glass able to collect solar power and convert it into useful energy for the buildings. Today, these surfaces can substitute traditional windows, doors, rooftops, even the tops of consumer devices and appliances to convert them into green, self-charging objects that operate off-grid.
Digiteum team has broad experience in working on IoT and big data projects in general and smart home automation in particular. Together with one of our clients, we have developed the system for power monitoring and control that gives a wide range of benefits for households, utility companies, energy suppliers and environmental researchers and strategists.
Using our solid technical expertise, business understanding and market knowledge, we help companies implement their ideas, design and develop IoT systems for smart home, launch their projects and ensure successful returns. Here are just a few services we provide in IoT and smart home segment:
- We connect IoT devices for smart home and build unified ecosystems where every element operates at the top of its potential and enables consistent, secure and efficient performance.
- We have experience in working with different smart home IoT platforms and big data solutions. Using our expert knowledge, we choose the best technology stack for your project and make sure the tools we use meet performance and scalability requirements of the future system.
- We rely on data science to make your IoT system actually smart and autonomous. Using machine learning, computer vision and NLP technology, we introduce intelligence and automation into data analytics and equip users with the interfaces they actually enjoy.
- We create beautiful web and mobile applications for the residents of smart homes, build easy-to-use and understand dashboards and fill these dashboards with the meaningful insights that help businesses and their clients make data-driven decisions.
You can go through the full range of Digiteum services for IoT and smart home here.
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Thanks to the growing investment in IoT future smart home is already here, and it’s modifying fast. Today, we can observe impressive connected systems for households and utility companies that help people save big money, enhance the comfort and efficiency of their homes and at the same time go green.
We believe that further development of IoT and integration of artificial intelligence technologies into connected systems will help create the concept of a new household—intelligent environment that predicts what its residents need or want and provides them with the truly seamless user experience.
Are you looking for an experienced and reliable partner to implement your smart home and IoT project? Contact our team and share your ideas. For years, we’ve been helping businesses leverage the benefits of Internet of Things and Big Data and integrate smart technology solutions in their ecosystems.