A smart home is a house that integrates advanced automation systems that allow residents to monitor and control their building’s functions in a sophisticated way. For example, a smart home can control lighting, temperature, multimedia, security, window and door operations, and many other functions. Smart homes use home automation technologies, among others, to provide “smart” feedback and information to homeowners by monitoring many aspects of a home. For example, a smart home’s refrigerator may be able to catalog its contents, suggest menus, recommend healthy alternatives and order replacements when food runs out. A smart home can even take care of feeding the cat and watering the plants.
Many new homes are being built with the additional wiring and controls needed to run advanced home automation systems. Retrofitting smart home technologies to an existing property is, of course, much more costly, as installing cables and placing sensors in appropriate locations is complicated and time-consuming.
The range of different smart home devices and technologies available on the market is growing, as are developments in computer controls and sensors. This has inevitably led to compatibility issues. So there is a great deal of interest from those working to standardize home automation technologies and transmission protocols.
Regardless of the technology, smart homes offer very exciting opportunities to change how we live and work while reducing energy consumption. Imagine being able to check messages, open windows, operate and monitor lights and curtains, or see how much money your home has made from its renewable energy system, all from your cell phone from anywhere in the world.
What about IOTA?
The IOTA platform wants to be the basis for the Internet of Things, with all the advantages of DLT. In terms of security, IOTA technology could be an important building block for integration in homes, so integrating the Tangle into smart home applications is a logical step.
Last Updated on 16. February 2021