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IoT Smart Home Automation and the Future

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IoT Smart Home Automation and the Future

Learn more about the future of smart home automation and how it's changing lives — and more importantly, saving money.

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Smart home automation and IoT are creating a lot of buzz in the IT industry. Daily lives have been made simpler, better, and more comfortable with the increasing number of smart homes and connected devices.

Smart homes have changed the way people live. For example, how about turning on the air conditioning of your home before actually stepping inside? How about asking Alexa to play your favorite music and get weather updates while you are still in the kitchen preparing dinner? Smart home automation can do even more than that — it has become the future of our lives.

The Smart Home Devices and the Future

By 2020, it is expected that the global smart home market will reach around 40 billion dollars. Now, these smart home devices range from anything like smart kettles, refrigerators, and dryers to air conditioners and a range of safety and security devices, like alarm systems and circuit security cameras. 

Ease and convenience are what make smart home systems so appealing, and as they are connected with each other, it becomes easy to manage more operations. With the help of IoT smart home devices, it becomes easy to reduce energy and costs, all the while saving time.

One of the main issues that common people, as well as businessmen, are facing when it comes to applying IoT smart homes is the high costs. They are quite high compared to the non-connected devices, and so, when it comes down to choosing IoT-enabled devices, they are always a bit hesitant. There is no doubt that while IoT devices will be costly at first, they will save money and energy in the future. This is an important factor to think about. 

Yet, it is said that 2019, as well as the years to come, will be promising for the smart home industry. Here are predictions for smart home devices:

The Next Security and Privacy Crisis

For the purpose of convenience, we have shared the digital footprint. When we make use of smart home technology, we start sharing a physical footprint. However, if devices get compromised, then the consequences will be deadly. Access to your digital footprint could even be worse than compromising social security numbers. When shaping this industry, security and privacy will play a key role.

Smart Home Device Integration

Integration can have a positive or negative effect on smart home technology. The future is not going to be having misunderstandings with appliances that are powered by AI. Smart homes should be able to know when to turn off the light the moment you leave the room, deactivate the lock with your face recognition, and much more. In 2019 and beyond, there will be more integration towards the smart home support for homeowners.

A Better Role for Artificial Intelligence

The use of security cameras is on the rise, and people are using it to have an eye on their property. With proper AI integration, it will be possible to get threat alerts automatically, and in case something goes wrong, it will proactively alert us to take control of the situation. This will have a great deal of effect on remote video monitoring.

Focus on Appliances and Surveillance

From a homeowner’s perspective, consumers will be excited to have new ways to control their home. Today, the surveillance of the home and the extended property has become quite important. Working on appliances is also a good thing as more people, today, are depending on their appliances to take on a major part of the workload.

New Smart Home Use Cases

In 2017, security was considered the main concern when it comes to developing applications, and the devices on which these apps were installed were not interoperable. Therefore, in 2018, it was key that smart home devices be made interoperable, and for the same smart devices, new use cases will come up like energy conservation, appliance diagnostics, and the prevention of damages that take place during natural disasters.

Homeowner Data Sharing

The next big thing in smart home technology will be sharing data with people and businesses. Soon, you will have things like the temperature of your room set before you enter or food ordered based on the items left in the fridge — this will be something that we see more of in the future. This kind of data will be collected from consumers and help companies come up with user-friendly products.

Increased Efficiency, Customization, and Control

Technology is said to become more clear and efficient. You will be able to control kitchen and home appliances using an app. There won’t a need to control things manually, as AI will take care of the that. These devices will start behaving as per user preferences.

Excellent Customer Service

With a large number of smart home devices out there, companies are planning to move ahead of their need to build up excellent customer service. Consumers will face a number of challenges within the IoT environment, which can range from smaller troubleshooting issues to larger ones that concern data privacy. Companies that are able to offer amazing customer service will be able to stay ahead of the competition.

Larger Security Concerns

There will be an increase in integrated platform solutions by some of the biggest names in tech. By making use of a smart home platform, Amazon will come up with an in-home food delivery service, which will reach your fridge straightway. Again, such services come with additional security threats. It is possible to hack into the home security system and rob the house owner, and chances are that information related to the house can get leaked, too. So, for the big players, this is critical to think about before getting into the business.

Standards of Higher Cross-Compatibility

To work on standards and make progress is very important. There is huge potential in the smart home market, but still, it is not a clear picture. Consumers should not be left with the option to choose from Amazon’s Echo, Nest, or other products, which are supported by Homekit of Apple. In the coming years, there should be solutions developed with cross-compatibility and not stuck with a single platform.

Smart Kitchen Gadgets

In the nearest future, we are going to witness the introduction of smart kitchen gadgets on the market, which can be something like smart crock pots and rice cookers that work with Alexa and other integrated apps. You will be able to cook food or even simply heat it before getting home from work using devices like the Amazon Alexa.

Outdoor Smart Spaces

With time, smart home technology will become more affordable, and this will increase its accessibility. Once consumers understand how smart home technology works and how it can impact their homes, they will soon be put to use outside of their homes, as well. It will not come as a surprise to find that, in the future, commercial smart building technology will rise and adapt to building mobile workplaces.

Alternatives for ‘Test-Phase’ Products

Automation is expected to make the home more pleasant and simpler by bringing new innovations and technology to the market. You will witness an increased number of devices powered by IoT in the years to come. As the technology is in its beginning phase, you will see better alternatives taking their place.

Increased Integration of Voice Control

Home technologies are expected to get into our daily lives through integration. Soon, you will be able to have voice control technologies included in the car dashboard, home audio, TV, and phones. There is no doubt that it is going to transform our daily lives.

IoT Smart Home Automation Changing Lives

It is said that IoT smart home solutions are capable of changing the way we live our lives. Some of the important ways in which this happens are:

  • Saving time: Most smart home products are built with the intention of taking menial tasks out of people’s lives. By getting rid of monotonous, daily activities, people will have more time to focus on other important activities.
  • Saving money: You will be able to save money on house operating costs by using IoT. You can make use of smart grid integration so that you can monitor where you are using up the most electricity and save energy accordingly. You can even control lighting and heating.
  • Improving the quality of life: By using smart, IoT-enabled home automation solutions, it will allow you to make your home a place with less stress and lower costs.

Conclusion

Not every home out there has made progress in terms of adopting IoT. Many still need to make technology upgrades at the most basic levels. Whatever these new technology developments entail, smart home automation is not just about entertainment but it covers other important aspects related to our daily life — it comes with the potential to change our lives for the better.

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smart home devices ,iot ,automation ,ai ,smart devices ,connectivity ,energy ,conservation ,voice control ,security

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