The last time you missed to put an alarm for your early morning flight, did you wish that your phone was smart enough to pick up your schedule from your mail and set an alarm by itself to wake you up? What if your smart home devices had learned your daily schedules on their own and plan to wake you up by switching on the warm lights, making the room temperature warmer, switching on the geyser, making a cup of coffee and even playing your favorite music once you are up! Sounds like the perfect smart home, right? Well, this is not fiction anymore. Thanks to IoT, we are going to be living it in near future.
Smart home devices are becoming intelligent. Gone are the days when home automation used to mean only controlling devices over internet when you were away. Internet of Things, combined with the power of AI, is transforming the way our devices interact. The human intervention is diminishing and smart devices are taking autonomous decisions.
Utility products, Entertainment, Control and Security are undergoing transition to become smarter, greener. Faster and continuous internet connectivity, the ability to collect and analyze data along with applications of Machine Learning is playing a vital role in transforming the Internet of Things space.
Let’s have a look into how IoT is shaping the future of Home Automation industry:
Platform independent control
Utility products e.g, Refrigerators, Air Conditioners, Thermostats, Washing machines, coffee makers and even the water pumps and sprinklers – all devices that have switches, shall be controllable from mobile phones, voice commands, smart wearables and web platforms. Control and access will become ubiquitous. The platforms will be gradually standardized which will allow manufacturers to develop smart products that can communicate across brands.
Self-aware, self-diagnosing devices
All the smart products will become self-diagnosing. The devices will know exactly when they need attention for maintenance. The manufacturers will be informed before the failure of a product and the consumers will be notified by the manufacturer for an appointment to service. Going a step ahead, the refrigerators will know when your stock is getting over or the stock is wasting, so that grocery orders can be made to replenish the same.
Imagine you are on your way back to home and getting suitable route suggestions with supermarkets from where you can pick up the stock – the routes will be suggested according to which supermarket has the items available. This is how powerful the power of data can get!
Know the masters
Security is another area in home automation which is taking the centre stage. Our homes will recognize the owners of the house and the relatives and friends. Video door-bells will become smarter. Instead of just informing the user when someone is at home, they will recognize the face and give information about the person. Owner can then unlock the door remotely. The house will know of the presence of humans in any part. Break-ins will be informed to the police department immediately, without making any calls. Thieves better be careful!
IoT enabled entertainment systems at home
Entertainment at home is an integral part of home automation. Users will be able to stream music to any part of the house and different music can be played at different rooms. The music system will work alongside the lights and blinds to create a perfect mood for the users. Voice assistants will be able to recognize voice of the user and customize the scenes accordingly. The favorite music will be even more personalized.
Towards a greener world with IoT
IoT is not just to make life simpler; it is to make a house greener. A smart home will be smart enough to optimize energy utilization. Power consumed by all the devices will be tracked and the usage pattern will be analyzed to minimize wastage. Occupancy sensors will be able to identify rooms with no humans and turn off the AC and lights. Light intensity will be monitored and controlled. The outside lights will be well timed according to available daylight.
IoT has always been promising and the time is right for the developers, enablers and integrators to work hand-in-hand to bring quality products to our homes.