Your guide to making your home a smart home
There was a time not too long ago when technology that allowed you to flip light switches and activate your AC/heating unit from a mobile device seemed like something we wouldn’t witness for centuries to come. But now, home automation is quickly rising as a staple in American homes with the continuous influx of the Internet of Things.
The home automation system market across the globe is forecasted to grow up to $78.27 billion by 2022, up from $32.11 billion in 2015.
In the United States alone, automation systems of some kind reside in 11.2% of homes as of 2016, and this is expected to grow to 31.1% by the year 2021.
On a global level, most home automation revenue is generated within the United States, accounting for $3.759 million in 2016.
The automation controller is the central component in which all interconnected devices communicate with. It is the “mothership” of home automation that connects to one’s home network.
Sensors are what tells the main controller what state a connected device is in. This could be “the door is open” or “closed”. Certain protocols are taken depending on which state the sensor lies. For example, the controller will understand that when a door with a sensor opens up, a light will then turn on.
This is where you as the user interacts with your home automation system. The interface can be anything from a wall-mounted control panel to a mobile device. Popular home automation products will come with a designated web app that allows the user to manage their system.
When you learn about the capabilities of a home automation system, it may seem like a daunting task to make such a major upgrade to your home. It’s understandable to wonder if, based on your lifestyle, you even find it necessary to make the investment in a home automation system. Let’s break down some scenarios…