Imagine yourself getting up after a good night’s sleep. It is not because of the mattress that provides you with comfort but also the alarm that wakes you up exactly when you wanted to. Your bedroom opens blindly and the coffee maker makes a fresh cup of coffee for you. When you leave home, the lights are automatically turned off and the thermostats set to a lower setting. Who wouldn’t love to live in such a connected home? Today we are provided with such technology which helps us monitor and control our house remotely. This is just a glance of the connected home. If we look at the deeper study of smart home technology, we will come to know that it provides automation of any household chores.
There are many smart home devices available. But many people do not go for one because either they don’t know how to use them or they believe they don’t have a need for one. They find it difficult to figure out how these smart home technologies can help to make their lives easier. Products for the connected home come in a variety of shapes and sizes. These technologies make the lives of individual easier to control and monitor. Automation can be done sitting anywhere; you don’t need to be present at home to monitor the technologies of a connected home. These technologies also add new exciting opportunities to your living standard.
Here is a quick guide about home automation technologies:
Bluetooth Low energy (BLE)
Bluetooth is considered best for the devices that are used to run for long periods on power sources. It has brought about innovative ways for communication. You can easily communicate with your smart watch sitting anywhere in the world. You can also listen to your favourite music through the shower head. It is all because of the Bluetooth device. Bluetooth can easily get connected to any wireless device. Its innovative products and applications help to increase the customer loyalty. It also generates opportunities for profit because of its innovative applications. They quickly meet the changing demand of the consumer.
Bluetooth enabled devices are expanding in the market. With the help of your hand-held devices you can unlock the door, turn on the TV and switch the lights on and off. All this is because of the freedom of Bluetooth technology.
Apple Homekit is actually Apples framework for smart homes. It is simple yet powerful. Apple home kit can easily work with all apple devices. It helps your smart lights to easily communicate with your smart blinds. You just need to setup once, and then you Homekit will automatically communicate with Siri. All Homekit devices have a unique identifier code assigned. The setup will not work with a hub. But when it is connected to the Wi-Fi you can easily monitor your smart home devices. It is originally designed for protection and security purpose. Homekit devices are expensive but worth purchasing. One the best advantage that home kit has over other devices is that it can add up to thousands of third party devices. It is completely decentralized unlike other devices.
Read more here: www.apple.com/au/ios/home/
ZigBee is used to control and monitor several electronic devices in a convenient way. It is designed to improve security and comfort for the users. You can easily upload ZigBee with thousands of devices. They consume low power. ZigBee helps the owner control multiple smart home devices remotely. Before you automate your house, you must choose the language for your hub. The Hub is a central device that is used to control all the devices of your smart home. ZigBee has become a global standard language for communication between smart devices. It is used in residential, commercial and industrial applications.
Initially, ZigBee was developed for industrial use but slowly it started serving in other areas as well. It uses mesh topology to connect all the devices. It provides high level of protection and multiple network keys that keep your network secure. ZigBee makes sure that there is no device that is 10m away from the other.
Read more here: http://www.zigbee.org/what-is-zigbee/
Z-wave has much better range than ZigBee. It was initially developed for wireless communication between home devices. The range was about 40m. The communication is done using a common protocol. It has a family chip enabled in it. The frequency of Z-wave depends on the country. Z-wave is used for communication between lightning, HVAC, energy management and other home automation devices in a connected home. It can be modified easily.
Z-Wave products are not only easy to perform but also easy to use. Its signal can also travel easily through most walls, floors and ceilings as well. Z-Wave devices can also route themselves between obstacles. Its applications include modern home automation and security system. Z-wave signals never get lost and the connection is never down.
Read more here: http://www.z-wave.com/