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HOME AUTOMATION: Why & How?

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Internet of Things (IoT) is a buzzword of the next technological revolution. When every technical industry is talking about engaging in IoT technology, the non-technical industries are adopting IoT based lifestyle in their offices and young engineers picking out their research topics on different dimensions of IoT. A very ordinary question that arises from this sudden occurrence of a new concept is that how this technology is going to help the mass. After all, the purpose of every invention and innovation is always to upgrade the comfort of people.

For starter, the concept of IoT is not exactly new, especially in the developed countries where access to new and upgraded technology is comparatively easy for everyone. Nonetheless, the people of our country are not quite aware of the diverse benefits of IoT and IoT related devices. For instance, you can install a smart meter in your house to be aware of your electricity consumption at all times, or a smart doorbell can always inform you of all the unwanted guests visiting at your doorstep. Whether it is about the security of your vacant home or to save a few bucks at the end of the month, making your home smart is the best solution you have.

 

What is a smart home?

When all the electronic devices installed in your home or workplace are connected to each other, it is called Internet of Things or IoT technology. Individually the fire alarm that you have installed on your rooftop can be pretty useless when it goes off during no one’s presence. But, if the fire alarm is connected to your phone and sends you a notification about the unexpected presence of smoke, you can take precautions no matter how many miles away you are from home. Now, to speak from a more technical point of view, smart home or home automation is a concept that provides the owner with comfort, safety, energy efficiency and cost efficiency by allowing them to control the smart devices often by a smart home app. Therefore, through home automation, every decision you want to make is only a tap-on-a-button away from you.

 

The price is cost worthy

Hypothetically, installing a smart home hub or a couple of smart devices might seem pretty costly at first glance. But, when you are done installing all the devices, you can practically control what is going to happen to all of the home appliances including the air conditioner, freezer or even the fans and lights. You can turn them off with only a tap on the screen of your smart phone which will save a considerable unit of electricity every month. Also, smart devices are usually also able to collect data and store it, either locally in the network or on a cloud server. They can usually also make decisions based on that data. Many smart devices can also communicate with other smart devices in their own home network. Therefore, you are saving money while operating everything in a very convenient manner.

One thing must be addressed with caution which is the hefty price of larger integrated system. In this case, clienteles often proceed with the piecemeal approach such as, installing reasonable and easy to use Nest Learning Thermostat, Sonos speakers, or Philips Hue light bulbs. This way one can meet with their specific demands while keeping the cost in check.

 

Comfort and safety in one package

Managing all of your home devices from one place, the convenience factor here is enormous. Being able to keep all of the technology in your home connected through one interface is a massive step forward for technology and home management. Theoretically, all you’ll have to do is learn how to use one app on your smart phone and tablet, and you’ll be able to tap into countless functions and devices throughout your home. Systems for music, video, lights, climate and security have become more intelligent enabling you to easily operate them from a smart phone, tablet, keypad, or touch panel. From your mobile device while at home or away you can view home surveillance cameras, unlock the door if you forget the key, or set the temperature.

Therefore, smart home technology adds convenience, comfort, and peace of mind. It's pretty cool too!

 

Where do I get the smart home appliances?

Companies namely AplombTech BD, Seemo Intelligent Living, Robi Axiata Ltd., Grameenphone and many others are offering smart home solutions in a very reasonable pricing. You can always check their websites or visit the offices for the details. Also, smart home devices and appliances are also being exported since the production in our country is still not sufficient for the demand. They are accessible online in tech-based websites where you can also order the devices that meets your demand. With the blessing of Internet, every information and every new technology is accessible to everyone. All you have to do is to look into the right place.