Home Automation has Arrived
Fifty years ago home automation meant you had a garage door opener and a TV remote control and for the lucky few a sprinkler system to water your lawn. In the last 10-years home automation has become one of the top home improvement sectors in the market.
The smart homes of today connect us through smart phones, hand held command devices and even voice command through new technologies like Alexa, Siri and Echo. Any device in your home that uses electricity can be put on your home network and at your command. Whether you give that command by voice, remote control, tablet or smartphone, the home reacts. Most applications relate to lighting, home security, privacy, home theater and entertainment, heating and cooling.
The idea of a smart home might make you think of George Jetson and his futuristic abode or maybe Bill Gates, who spent more than $100 million building his smart home. Once a draw for the tech-savvy or the wealthy, smart homes and home automation are becoming more common.
Sales of automation systems by the end of 2017 are expected to grow to over $44 billion worldwide. Much of this is due to the jaw-dropping success of smartphones and tablet computers. These ultra-portable computers are everywhere, and their constant Internet connections means they can be configured to control a myriad of other online devices.
The Internet of Things…
A phrase that refers to the objects and products that are interconnected and identifiable through digital networks. This web-like sprawl of products is getting bigger and better every day. All of the electronics in your home are fair game for this tech revolution, from your fridge to your furnace.
It’s only within the last few years, however, that technology has become affordable enough for the everyday consumer and connectivity and access to the Internet has become widespread enough for the dream of the smart home to finally start becoming a reality for all.
To further understand the growing interest among consumers and homebuyers of smart home technology and The Internet of Things, it’s also important to understand the impact that mobile devices are having on our lives.
What used to be a quirky industry that churned out hard-to-use and frilly products is finally maturing into a full-blown consumer trend. Today almost all cable and satellite providers and security companies offer home automation services as part of monthly plans with a full menu of choices. There are also a number of national firms building dealer networks in all major markets in the U.S.
In Southern New England Luis Rodriguez from Wow Media has been involved in the industry for over 15 years, integrating systems in home theater, home security, lighting design and full home voice and smart phone control for home automation. His company specializes in the newest custom designed technologies for home and business applications.
Luis Said,” For us it all begins with what the customer is looking for and what functions in their home or business they wish to automate. Our company handles all projects from start to finish and provides service for all systems we install. The key aspect of any home automation system is reliability and ease of use. Our company has been built on listening to the clients needs and providing the best and most reliable solutions.”
Luis also explained,” In new home construction today it is critical to make sure a home is prepared for the future of home automation. Even if you are not adding home automation right away, pre-wiring for this technology will enable easy installation in the future and make your home technology ready. A home automation ready home will return substantial gains when it comes time to sell. Luis recommends to all clients he consults with to see a live demo of an automated home before deciding on any system.”
No matter what, home automation is here to stay and will soon be as common as a computer in every home in America. As we all learn to live greener and more efficiently on our planet we can expect science and technology in the years ahead to make it all easier.