The Internet of Things (IoT), combined with the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing the way our devices interact and utilise crucial information.
Imagine a world where your smart home devices knew your daily schedules and routine, thus waking you up every day by:
Sounds like a dream.
Well, thanks to the power of IoT and Home Automation, this dream has already been turned into reality; and it’s only getting better.
Smart home technology is slowly transforming the home automation industry as we know it. Gone are the days when home automation merely signified controlling devices over the internet. IoT combined with AI is a deadly combination, changing the way our appliances interact.
Utility, entertainment, control and security systems are continuously undergoing revisions to become smarter, faster, greener and more accurate.
Let’s take a look at seven ways in which IoT shaping the future of home automation:
Home appliances don’t automatically become “smart” just because they are plugged into the internet. A better term for the technology we’ve seen so far is “connected home”.
This will surely change over the next decade, as more and more devices begin to make use of machine learning, computer vision and other technologies that are capable of thinking, making decisions and learning.
At present, utility products such as air conditioners, thermostats, smart lighting, refrigerators, washing machines, coffee makers and even water pumps can be operated by switches. They can now also be controlled through apps on mobile phones, smart wearables (such as watches), voice commands and web platforms.
But after a while, these appliances will be able to predict user patterns and preferences with the help of machine learning algorithms and AI; slowly adapting their behaviour to the inhabitants of a house after observing their habits.
Smart products are slowly becoming self-aware. These devices can tell when they require attention or maintenance. They automatically notify manufacturers and users in case of system errors or failures.
Taking this a step ahead; smart refrigerators can use computer vision to see what’s inside, and through machine learning algorithms, predict what needs to be ordered. They can then either alert homeowners to purchase groceries or in some cases, make the orders themselves.
Imagine, you’re on your way home from work. You suddenly get a notification on your phone that you need to pick up groceries. Your GPS can then make suitable route selections pinpointing supermarkets from where you can pick up these groceries. The routes will be suggested according to supermarkets which have the specific items you need. That’s the power of IoT and home automation.
In the coming years, AI-driven technology is also expected to become a common feature of home security systems.
Security is another aspect in which IoT and home automation are taking center stage.
Smart homes can already recognise homeowners, relatives and friends. Video doorbells are set to become even smarter. Instead of informing homeowners when someone is at their door, they will be able to provide in-depth information about that person’s activities, his previous visits to the house and his usual visiting pattern.
Owners can lock and unlock main doors remotely, and in the event of a break-in, smart home systems will be able to inform the police department immediately.
With the Legrand Classe 300, users can control access to their homes, on-site or remotely, via their smartphone, tablet or car. This video door entry system is part of our interoperability strategy and is compatible with voice assistants like Siri, Amazon Alexa and Google Home; enabling users to enjoy the benefits of comfort and security.
Home entertainment is slowly becoming an integral part of automation.
Users can stream music in any part of the house through smart speakers, and choose different tunes for different rooms.
Music systems can also be connected to smart LED lights which dance to the beat of songs, creating an aesthetic mood for homeowners.
At Legrand, we’re all about providing cost-effective IoT solutions. Through the Eliot program, we have developed a multitude of connected solutions that add value to our consumers. We also have a range of LED strips and strings that not only save energy but enhance the interiors of any home.
In the future, voice assistants will be able to recognise voices and customise music preferences according to each user. Thus, a person’s favourite music or TV show recommendations will be even more personalised.
In-home smart healthcare offers the potential to reduce stress on traditional healthcare channels such as doctors and hospitals.
This can currently be achieved through preventive measures such as wearables that help users lead a healthier lifestyle by monitoring their activity levels, quality of sleep and nutrition intake.
In the near future, devices will be able to offer interventionist services, for example, allowing users to remotely connect with medical practitioners, alert nurses when an elderly person falls in their home or even diagnose illnesses using AI.
The robotic trend began with vacuum cleaners and lawnmowers. But thanks to the power of AI, we can expect to see them becoming increasingly intelligent over the next few years, capable of helping users with an array of tasks.
From cooking and cleaning to providing companionship and as we discussed earlier, healthcare, domestic robots promise a future where day to day tasks can be carried out by them entirely, allowing users to spend valuable time on tasks, other than routine chores and maintenance.
IoT is not only making life simpler, but it’s also making homes greener. Smart homes are intelligent enough to optimise energy utilisation.
Through IoT, devices can track usage patterns and share data that is then analysed to minimise wastage.
Occupancy sensors can identify rooms with no users, ensuring the AC and lights are turned off. The light intensity can also be monitored and controlled, with outside lights being well-timed according to available daylight.
Both IoT applications and AI are powerful tools capable of making homes smarter. These technologies are an ideal mix for intelligent houses, thereby saving time and improving efficiency. In this day and age, smart homes not only cater to the tech-savvy but are also ideal for individuals searching for cost efficiency, energy-saving and a greater degree of security.
IoT and AI are doing wonders for smart home automation systems, and the best is yet to come! As technology continues changing, IoT possibilities are endless.