What you Need to Know about Smart Homes

What you need to know about smart homes. - UgTechMag.Com
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Smart homes like the apartments near Alexandria make use of the latest technologies and the current level of internet connectivity to make life easier, save money, and ensure efficiency in the provision of services. 

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Smart home devices fall under the Internet of Things (IoT) systems. Internet of Things refers to a network of physical objects equipped with technologies such as sensors to transmit data to other devices and systems over the internet.

IoT has become one of the most important technologies of the 21st century, analysts predicted that in 2020, IoTs would comprise 50 billion devices and that some of their biggest opportunities still lie in the category of smart homes.

What smart homes can do?

Smart homes can now connect day-to-day physical objects such as kitchen appliances, cars, thermostats, etc. to the internet through hidden devices such as sensors to allow for seamless communication amongst people, processes, and things.

Smart homes differ based on what the owner would want to achieve from them. That requires the smart homeowner to figure out which different devices are required and how much they can cost.

Here are some of the things smart homes can do.

Security. The benefit of a smart home is the ability to maximize security. Smart security which consists of smart doorbells, sensors, smart locks, smart lights, and cameras can enable better control and surveillance. There is an option of turning on notifications or alerts on a smartphone connected over the internet just in case the security system is triggered.

Convenience. Smart homes prioritize comfort. Automation of systems to enable one comfortably command things to turn on remotely and as we want them is what we all desire. Besides the use of apps and digital personal assistants (such as Google Assistant, Alexa, Cortana, and Siri), systems can also be set up to operate based on the surrounding conditions which are monitored by sensors or cameras. A good example is the use of a smart bulb that would turn on before sunset.

Entertainment. Homes are meant to be a place for one to play, relax and rest. Smart homes offer modern technologies such as smart speakers to listen to music, podcasts, and news, smart TVs to watch movies, and access gaming services via online streaming services such as Netflix and YouTube.

Energy efficiency and cost-saving. Smart homes are embedded with smart meters and thermostats such as Ecobee, Google Nest, etc. that automatically capture utility usage and relay the information to the homeowner for action.