It is a system which controls lighting, entertainment systems home security such as access control, doors and windows lock, surveillance cameras and alarm systems when connected to internet.
Automation is the ability to program and schedule the events for the network connected devices, it includes any time related commands like having the lights turn on or turn off at a specific time each day and some un scheduled events like turning on all the lights in your home as soon as the security system alarm is triggered.
History Behind Home Automation
It All started in 1900 with labor saving machines and self-contained electric or gas-powered appliances, and with the introduction of washing machines, water heaters, sewing machines, Dishwashers, cloth dryers etc.
- The First level of Automation is a wireless technology with proxy Servers like privoxy, ziproxy etc.
- The second level is of automations controls devices with Artificial intelligence.
- The Third level is Domotics in which the Robot Buddy interacts with Humans. For Ex: Rovio
What Can be Automated?
Ideally, anything which can be connected to the network and controlled remotely. Smart home Automation most commonly connects simple binary devices such as lights, fans, Ac, electronic locks, security sensors etc.
Benefits of Smart Home Automation
Energy Savings: Smart lighting and smart Thermostats saves energy by scheduled power on and Off, maintains the temperature in heating and cooling systems and minimizes the energy consumption. Can set up controlling events like back to home and just with a tap on a smart phone Lights and cooling or heating system can be turned on.
Safety: It provides Home security like automated lighting if anybody enters, motion sensors, monitoring security cameras, Real Time videos of unwanted visitors and home inhabitants.
Time Saving: Automation saves the time by scheduling most of the events, people can save their time by automating most if their day to day activities.
Convenience: Auto tasking provides greater user experience. Most of the gadgets are compatible with one another, making it easy to set triggers for the automated Home process.
Control: Smart Home Automation helps in better control functions within the home. Helps in knowing what’s happening inside the home when you are not around.
Comfort: Recording shows, playing music, adaptive lightings, sound and temperature and create a comfortable atmosphere with the help of artificial intelligence with ease and not much of the efforts.
Peace of Mind: It gives a peace of mind to the people by having an eye on what’s happening inside the house. Like for example: if the newborn is left at home with the nanny, the parents can see what is happening there, how is the nanny treating the baby.
Limitations of Smart home Automation
Cost: Smart automation devices are expensive. It involves a huge expense for the devices to set up automation. It will end up spending large amounts on automation and the installation charges will be a huge burden.
System Compatibility: Controlling of the automation from the centralized platform will be difficult at as some of the devices might not be compatible with one another. This may lead to controlling home process with multiple devices.
Complex Technology: Automation sounds very appealing, but the technology has made things complex. Its easy to switch on or off the lights with the old switches than login to device to switch on or off the lights.
Reliability: Home automation is reliable on the internet connection, if the connection drops most of the devices will stop working.
Like for most of the things smart home Automation is also having both pros and cons, Smart homes are not for everyone. It can ease your life, save the time, bring down the electricity bills, provide home security and will be a huge expenditure on your pockets for buying and installation of devices. And as well at times the devices can break down leading to stopping of the entire automation process.