An advanced form of traditional home automation- Smart Home

Home automation, at the point of the rapidly developing technologies, Internet, mobile communication, sensor technologies, self learning software, has changed greatly over the course of the past years. For a smart home to work to its full potential there are a number of elements that can be in place:

� Digital voice assistants. 
� Smart home devices.
� Apps on smart phones, tablets & online access.


Digital Voice Assistants: (Powered by smart speakers) There are three main voice assistants & those are produced by three of the technology giants:


  1. Alexa & Amazon Echo:
Amazon, with the Echo speaker that uses Alexa as its digital voice assistant.


   2. Google Home & Assistant:
Google, with the Google Home speaker that uses the Google Assistant as its digital voice assistant.


   3. HomePod & Siri:
Apple, with the HomePod speaker that uses Siri as its digital voice assistant.

Digital voice assistants can be used to control a range of smart home devices & perform a range of tasks using voice commands:


� News and sports updates.
� Weather information.
� The latest traffic news for specific routes.
� Playing music that you have made available to your digital voice assistant.
� Listening to the radio.
� Making calls and sending messages to your contacts.
� Controlling smart devices in the home, including lighting systems, central heating and plugs

  • Smart lighting:

Smart lighting is one of the most accessible and affordable options for adding smart devices to the home works impressively with digital voice assistants.

Smart lighting works through a controller (bridge) that is connected to your Wi-Fi router & the smart light bulbs are then controlled by Wi-Fi through the bridge. The elements required for a smart lighting system include:


   1. Smart light bulbs:

These are light bulbs that can communicate using Wi-Fi via the smart lighting bridge. They can be either white, or colored, in which case they can change color and also create artistic scenes if more than one bulb is used in a particular room.


 2. Bridge:

This is the controller that is connected to your Wi-Fi router. Once it has been set up, this is where commands will be sent & then distributed to the smart lighting system.


  • Smart thermostat:

Smart heating enables(Example: Nest smart heating system) you to control the heating in your home through an app or a digital voice assistant. This can be done while you are at home & also remotely.


  • Smart security:

Security is a major issue for any home owner and it is important to make your home is as secure as possible. Elements of smart lighting:

   1. High-quality rotating cameras with Night vision
   2. Smart Alarm Systems
   3. Internal door and window sensors
   4. Internal motion sensors
   5. Video Doorbell
   6. Smart Locks (using app, digital voice assistant, biometric, numeric keypad etc)


  • Robotic lawnmowers and cleaners:

Tasks within or outside the home can be automated through the use of robot lawn mowers, vacuum cleaners & mops. These do not all have their own compatible 
apps, but can work independently.

The smart home of the future may look significantly different from now but, the future of smart home is definitely bright. The journey will be an exciting one that will be filled with new devices and a developing way in which we interact with our homes.