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A Rising Trend in Home Automation

Home automation uses state of the art technologies such as tablets, smartphones and the Internet in conjunction with wired and wireless home automation to control a residential home. A smart home will be designed to control several integrated electrical devices as well as having the facility to be controlled remotely from any geographical location.
Technologies such as the Internet, mobile communications and renewable energies have changed rapidly over recent years making home automation more accessible and purposeful. Up until recently smart homes were mainly focused on the installation of controllable power outlets or light switches and wiring infrared controls around the house. These technologies have been around since the 70’s and are now seen as being slow, unreliable and unsecure.
In recent years we have witnessed a large technological leap forward in home automation as a direct correlation with the advancement of mobile communications, wireless networks and smart devices with wireless communication allowing home owners to be able to control homes to the next level.
Some of the largest technological companies for consumer devices and services such as Apple and Google have added home automation to their portfolio. As a result of this, home automation today can deliver capabilities that have a direct impact on comfort, security and energy conservation around the home.
The smart phone and tablet revolution has bought a winning solution to the use of one single universal remote and have made home automation more accessible and user friendly. Stationary control panels are now being phased out in favour of the smart phones and an array of apps to easily operate, maintain and upgrade the home automation system.
With such advancements, residential automation has become increasingly attractive. Significant savings can be made with a relatively low initial investment. Smart appliances controlled by smart metres are reducing overall energy costs and smart speakers are offering a plug and play option to integrate home media systems. Home lighting has also become more accessible with feature lighting being wirelessly controlled, by a variety of devices to toggle on and off, dim up and down and even change the colour and hue of the light.
As technology plays such an integral part of our daily lives, it’s perhaps not surprising that consumers are increasingly converting their homes into smart homes. While the concept undoubtedly makes life more convenient, there are those who harbour concerns regarding hacking and a general reduction in intimacy and privacy. Another worrisome element is that your Internet connected devices may not only be serving you, but may well be serving the needs of the manufacturers and tech giants. The data gathered around your home and within your family will probably be shared with companies who use data accumulation for marketing and financial gains.