What Makes A Home Smart?
Technological innovation is happening all the time. Not very long ago, people believed that smart gadgets and technologies are privileged right of the elite class. But, now almost everybody can afford such gadgets because of technological innovation, and because prices have been falling. This is also why smart homes are becoming more popular. Everybody will benefit from the popularity of smart homes, in the long run. The benefits of any new technology will be restricted to a small group of people in the beginning.
Smartphones and other gadgets played a major role in the development of smart homes. Technology and gadget companies are able to develop products at much lower cost, increasing the reach many folds. This plays an important role here.
In the recent past, due to changing lifestyles, smart homes have progressed a lot. Nuclear families and working wives with high disposable incomes led to the growth of smart homes in India. Working professionals tend to spend more time in their office. So, they worry about whether their child had lunch or finished their homework is still watching TV. They make frequent calls to the caretaker to watch over their child, and this prevents them from focusing on work related problems. This is not a smart home.
So, what makes a home smart?
A smart home has three major characteristics:
- Safety and security
These three factors play a major role in the constant evolution of smart homes.
Safety and security
Safety and security have raised the overall appeal of the smart home. This is the most important factor for any homebuyer who wants a smart home. Safety and security are very important for everyone. So, people are not willing to make many compromises here.
Many safety and security systems alert you and avoid accidents. This includes video door phones, LPG gas leak sensors, 24X7 camera surveillance, smoke detectors, glass break sensors and panic button. This is what is applied at the level of individual homes.
When it comes to residential complexes, this includes features like camera surveillance of key areas such as entry and exit gates, children's playground, common meeting areas, club house and parks/jogging track, which provide additional safety.
Also, boom barriers and access card entry ensure that no unauthorised personnel or individual gets entry into a residential complex without permission. The best part is that these features can be easily connected to a mobile app that sends alerts or signals to emergency agencies and the homeowner, in case of trouble.
Nowadays, we read a lot about water scarcity and power shortage that makes cities unlivable. This makes us more conscious of wasting natural resources. In fact, we struggle every bit towards saving nature and keeping the livability integral.
Areas like the main door, bathrooms and balconies are typically places where most of the unintentional wastage occurs. Installing sensor-based lights in these areas ensure that no power goes waste.
Accessibility of smart electrical appliances that are simply integrated with existing home-automation system makes a home energy efficient. The moment you step out of your home, electrical appliances automatically sense this and gets switched off.
So, whenever you step out in a hurry, this will not lead to any power wastage. Smart homes have the capacity of lowering electricity consumptions. There is no doubt that smart homes offer green living, and are progressively finding more takers.
There is no limit to the convenience that home automation feature provides in a smart home. They can control almost everything. The electrical industry uses modern technology in their all the latest products and is leaving no stone unturned in making smart homes convenient.
Many new and existing reputed real estate developers have sensed this growing demand. They are developing smart homes more than ever. The number of smart homes is growing, and they believe that investing in a smart home is all about a responsible, safe and quality living.
There should be more awareness about smart homes so that homebuyers can take this segment seriously and understand the benefits of owning a smart home. The cost of a smart home will come down if these technologies are implemented at the construction stage itself by real estate developers.
With inputs from Anindita Sen
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