GONE ARE THE days of worrying whether you’ve turned the lights off and locked the door because home automation has made the jump from science fiction to reality. The future is here, and it looks like personalized temperature control and gourmet dinners when you walk in the door.
Nicknamed the ‘Internet of Things’, home automation revolves around smart versions of household products that can be controlled remotely through an internet connection – think talking fridges and automatic coffee machines. The products can be controlled through digital applications and even send you information. With this technology, running out of milk will be a thing of the past.
Smart products can also communicate between each other when operating through the same system, meaning the fridge can do the shopping while your thermostat orders you an Uber.
Smart homes can do everything from closing the blinds to heating a room, making everyday life easier. By taking away those little things that drain energy and use up valuable time, there’s more left over for the things you love.
Home automation also extends to security, with affordable systems that can remotely monitor, communicate and report information. Whether a family member is at home alone or you’re off on holidays, home automation can keep your house secure at all times.
HOW SAFE IS IT?
Home automation is not without its downsides. Many people have asked to what extent we should allow technology to invade our personal lives. Smart products often store personal data such as when you’re home, how you get to work and other important information on your daily habits.
While smart appliance hacking is fairly uncommon, it is still a risk you take when purchasing home automation products. Luckily, as home automation becomes more popular, experts are creating new ways to keep your information safe.
GARAGE DOOR AUTOMATION
Power Tech Automation Inc. has developed a new garage door automation with the connection of ring bell CCTV. Basically, you can remotely open and close your sectional door with the Android App even you are not at home. This benefit feature can let you open garage door if you lost your key or don’t have it with you. This automation technology can apply for automatic gates, sectional doors and window shutters.
Google Home is the new digital assistant. It recognises voice commands and connects to the internet, so you can do more than just
JUNE SMART OVEN
Enter a new world of cooking with the June Smart Oven. Not only can it be remotely timer-controlled but it also knows exactly how to cook your meal. juneoven.com
The Ecobee4 is the future of thermostats and can be programmed to create the perfect temperature every minute of the day. ecobee.com
OUTDOOR NEST CAM
The outdoor Nest cam keeps an eye on Your house when you can’t, with 24-hour video and motion alerts sent straight to your phone. nest.com
THE TECH SIDE OF PROTECTING YOUR HOME NETWORK
HERE ARE A few tips to strengthen your Wi-Fi network so your home automation technology runs as smoothly as possible.
You don’t want any freeloaders tapping into your network signal and slowing it down. Maximise your security with a strong password using a combination of letters and numbers. The longer and more random the characters are, the more secure it is.
UPDATE YOUR FIRMWARE
Have you updated the software in your router recently? The latest firmware version can fix security defects as well as provide optimum speed and performance. You’ll notice the difference, especially if it’s an older device.
Is your Internet as fast as it could be? Your router will be most effective in a central location, but keep in mind that fluorescent/halogen lights, microwave and fridge appliances, or electric gadgets like cordless phones and baby monitors, can all interfere with your Wi-Fi signal.
To sell a property with automation technology it will be more profitable but it’s harder to set up the process because not many real estate agent knows how to use the technology, and how to make it a selling point. To learn more all the process, you can read more at the following article Understanding the Home Selling Process. All in all, home automation is a pioneering technology to help people have a better life and a safe environment. It is predicted this kind of technology will be used vastly in every modern home in the next 10 years.