Thursday, October 24, 2019

Will IoT Help Us Feel Safer In Our Homes

Before you can start exploring the world of home security and smart home system, it is necessary to explain what IoT is. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a system of interrelated devices that share a set of data over a network without requiring any interaction with a human being.
IoT home security

Although this may sound complicated, you don’t need to worry too much. You use IoT all the time, even without noticing it. For example, if you have a home security system, you are already enjoying the advantages of IoT applied to our daily life.

Nevertheless, with our world and IoT evolving day by day, one may wonder how this is going to help us make our homes
safer. Let’s take a look at it.

Consumer applications of IoT
In the past, IoT was mainly used by commercial and industrial final users that were able to afford complicated network systems. However, nowadays IoT has found a new application, that is for consumer use.

These consumer applications include vehicles, wearable technology, home appliances and, consequently, home automation. Before you ask, the answer is yes: your new smartwatch and your fridge can both benefit from IoT.

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Smart home systems and IoTç: why are smart home systems so popular?
Smart home systems are now a must for many homeowners.

Alexa, Google Home and other smart assistants can be bought for a reasonable price, are easy to use and, above all, to
install. Back in the days, the possibility to control our home appliances from kilometres of distance was only a dream.

Now you can just order your home assistants and receive it directly to your flat in a few days, ready to use. Of course, if you really want to exploit all its functionalities, you should buy the right appliances, change a few things in your house, and even use specific light bulbs.

Nevertheless, for the majority of people, this is not a problem. Since when IoT devices have been introduced in our houses, all we crave is automation and convenience.

How IoT is used in our Homes
IoT devices are part of a broader concept of home automation. This includes lighting,
appliances, heating and air conditioning, and of course security systems. IoT makes all these elements conveniently accessible from your smartphone or laptop, at any time and wherever you are.

To use and manage your smart home system, you need a platform. A few examples of these hubs to control your smart devices are Amazon Echo, Apple HomePod and Samsung SmartThings.

At the moment, these are the leading providers of smart home systems.
Nevertheless, the market is growing up day by day, and there are several non-proprietary and even cheaper options available.
Can IoT make your home safe

Can IoT make our homes Safer?
Indeed, IoT and smart home systems have proved to be useful to make our lives easier.

They are currently used as assistive technology to help individuals with specific disabilities.

For instance, voice control has allowed people with sight or mobility limitations to regain their independence in completing many daily tasks.

However, your new smart hubs can do even more and definitely make your home safer. Do not forget that your smart assistance communicates with your through long-range Wi-Fi. It can thus let you know whenever there is an intruder in your house and, if necessary, get in touch with the police.

In addition, security cameras, infrared sensors, sirens and many other options can improve your home security. Most importantly, in the majority of cases, you can install these devices on your own, without asking (and paying for) the help of an expert.

Can IoT replace my traditional burglar alarm?
It is not easy to give a univocal answer to this question. First, you must always keep your home protected, and both these systems can help you do so. Smart home security systems can be self-installed and are easy to use.

On the other hand, traditional burglar alarms are often manufactured to excellent security standards, and this is why they require professional installation.

If you really want to make your home secure for you and your loved ones, you may combine both your new smart home security system and your traditional alarm.

You know what they say: better safe than sorry.

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