Smart Home Technologies

Smart Home Technologies

Smart home technology is no longer reserved for the rich or tech-savvy, and the industry has responded with ever sophisticated solutions. Although many people associate automation with devices such as Google’s Nest, Amazon’s Echo or Apple’s HomeKit, the term is more comprehensive than that, and covers a wide range of solutions for your home. This includes everything from remote controlled lighting and heating to CCTV, home security systems doorbells, smart locks. Some allow you to monitor your elderly relatives, pets, children and even monitor your children.

Integration is the most important aspect of an effective smart home system. This is why the most effective products integrate with other devices and systems to make your home more intelligent. For instance, a smart light bulb can communicate with a central hub to set your lights according to a set schedule or to shut them off when you leave your home. A video doorbell could alert you to visitors coming in and cause your alarm system to call the police or fire department. Once you’ve mastered the IFTTT (If this then that) service, you can use services like Stringify to automate devices in more complicated ways.

Of course, bringing in new smart devices into the home brings with it certain issues. CNET is determined to learn about the policies of companies, raise privacy concerns and direct questions to companies.