All those who keep getting those pestering thoughts about your house while you are out having fun or at the office, raise your hands.
Did I close the front door properly? Is the smoke detector on? What if the Alarm System is turned off? OMG, will somebody break into my house, that piece of jewellery is kept on the bed?
Chances are, most of us, experience such jitters.
Luckily, the 21st century seems to have answers to all our problems. The concept of smart homes is not new.
The western world is already familiar with such ideas.
A home that automatically brings down the room temperature before you arrive, a coffee maker that starts brewing a hot cappuccino once you step inside. Seems like heaven.
And, your iPhone controls all of this. Even more interesting, isn’t it!
The question is how?
SALES OF AUTOMATION SYSTEMS WILL CROSS $9 BILLION MARK BY THIS YEAR.
Source: Berg Insight
The app in your smartphone controls every single device in your home starting from a smoke detector to LED bulbs and front door.
Whenever your front door is open, an app sends you a push notification and you can close the door sitting right in your office. The app follows your commands.
It would be safe to assume that smart homes are not far away from becoming mainstream. The connected home market will reach $44 billion by 2017, says wireless Industry group GSMA.
One in five adult American internet user already has a device at home that connects the physical environment to the internet.
Source: Forrester Research Report
As the smartphone juggernaut continues, the market for smart homes will continue to rise, if not explode.
To drive the Internet of Things (IoT) further, the world’s most valuable brand, Apple recently introduced its HomeKit, promising to take the state of home automation to an entirely different plateau.
APPLE HOMEKIT – UNDER THE HOOD
Engineered as a framework for iOS8, HomeKit facilitates communicating and controlling of devices in your home. Users can trigger specific actions for devices using Siri.
Let’s say you have multiple smart devices (manufactured by the likes of GE) in your house. Now, these devices can be controlled by your voice through an iOS device.
However, it must be remembered that the manufacturers of smart devices like LED bulbs, smoke detectors, alarms etc. must have support for HomeKit in order to work together.
When the HomeKit was unveiled, Apple announced that the HomeKit would support devices from manufacturers like Honeywell, Haier, Philips, iDevices, Withings, and others.
Aiming to simplify home automation, HomeKit provides a complete guide for configuring the devices (it supports) in every single corner of your home. You do not require a specific app to control a specific device.
That’s the beauty of HomeKit.
This means your iPhone does not have to be flooded with apps to control multiple devices. It centralizes control for you.
With HomeKit system by your side, you can assign individual names to devices or even homes that you want to control.
That unique name is stored in a database which Siri has access to. It is important for Siri to recognize the name because it will control devices/homes when you speak to it.
To further understand how this works, see this.
Apple’s HomeKit definitely brings a peace of mind to those who really want to monitor their homes remotely. Frameworks, like these, being unveiled very rapidly makes us sure that there’s a future waiting for us to be explored. Smart homes are no longer restricted to Sci-Fi Movies, they are becoming our present.
Organisations like VOLANSYS are currently playing a torch-bearer role in resynchronising the scope for development in the smart home scenario in rhythm with a nothing plethora of technologies. Ranging from integrating IoT with the simple device like a light bulb to extremely sophisticated systems, VOLANSYS has punched a deep mark in how IoT is being perceived and put to use.
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