Home automation systems promise consumers the ability to control many important functions in their home through the use of smartphone or tablet apps. By remotely adjusting their heating, lighting and security systems, homeowners have the ability to guarantee a safer, more energy efficient home.
The challenge for companies developing home automation systems is to ensure that all of these functions work together seamlessly. Too often, companies have developed systems that were incompatible, forcing homeowners to use several different programs in order to achieve all the automated functions they desired. At that point, smart homes don’t feel particularly smart at all.
“You have all these different pieces coming in at all different angles into the home, but it’s really difficult to tie it all together and make it one seamless application; and it’s getting worse,” Jeff Janson, owner of Hook-It-Up in Charlotte, N.C., recently told the Miami Herald. “The average customer is being bombarded by all these cool little gadgets and it’s difficult to make them all work together.”
However, that is all beginning to change as some companies realize the potential that cloud computing has for their home automation systems. For example, an article in Tech News Daily recently detailed a “hardware hub” developed by tech startup Revolv. The box is designed to control hardware that uses all kinds of wireless formats, including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. This way, systems such as thermostats, locks and security cameras can all be controlled by a single app, rather than separately.
In addition, the company’s cloud service allows the box to track owners’ locations, potentially adjusting systems in preparation of their arrival home.
Homeowners seeking to consolidate all of their home automation systems should consult with a North Carolina home automation company to receive the best product advice.