How Does Home Automation Technology Work?
Before we dive in, let’s have a look at a brief history of home automation. In 1975, A communication protocol for electronic devices by X10 was developed. It uses electric power transmission wiring for signaling and control, where the signals involve brief radio frequency bursts of digital data. X10 is the first general home automation network technology.
Gas-powered home appliances or self-contained electric became possible in 1900 with the inception of EPD (electric power distribution) that led to the introduction of clothes dryers, dishwashers, washing machines in 1904, water heaters in 1889, refrigerators and sewing machines.
According to AB1 Research, about 1.5 Million home automation was installed in the United States by 2012. And about 45 million smart home devices will be installed by the end of 2018.
Today, home automation systems are almost everywhere. If offers the options to help you create the life that you want and what suits your everyday life. Home automation is a technology to enhance the way we live in a cost-effective way.
Examples of Technologies and Applications
Indoor positioning systems (IPS).
Home automation for the elderly and disabled.
Air quality control
CO detectors, Leak detection, and smoke detection
Connected Cooking and Smart Kitchen
Lighting control system
Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning
How does home automation work?
As the technology evolved, smart home devices can now be voice-activated. Smart home devices like Google Assistant and Amazon Echo ellows you to control your entire home with voice commands. You can close garage doors, lock doors and windows, adjust lights and thermostat, arm and disarm system chage the TV channels, play music and ask essential questions.
Vivint Smart Drive enables you to share photos and video recordings between family members. It allows you to back up your files, videos and photos automatically in a secured drive.
You can use Vivint products such as Vivint Ping to keep an eye on your kids while you. Vivint Ping is a wireless indoor camera that comes with two way communication system so you can communicate with your kids while you are away.
A smart home device such as Smart thermostat allows you to automate climate control for saving and comfort. Most smart thermostats allows you to control your system using your smartphone so you can track your daily routine.