A “smart home” is loaded with technologies that can interact and communicate with each other. Some call it the “Internet of Things” (IoT) but not all systems and devices in a home are inter-connected via the Internet; at least not yet.
Home Automation is a system of devices in the home or office, with a set of rules, that allow the home to make decisions and react to conditions based on the rules. Devices such as lights, thermostats, shades, music system and appliances communicate with each other to create the environment that you desire. Here are some scenarios where an automation system can help improve your life:
You may want your home to be a specific temperature and certain areas to be illuminated when you arrive home from work. The solution is an automated smart home that turns off the thermostats when you are not home to save energy. Then, based on outside weather conditions it turns on the thermostats to achieve that temperature you desire at varying times each day. Some days it may take an hour to reach the desired temperature, other days 3 hours. Then, minutes before you get home, your driveway lights, entry sconces and hallway lights come on so you do not arrive to a dark home.