Home Automation Prototype – Expectations

Device Discovery

Lets try and chalk down the expectations from a typical home automation system. The system in consideration is a prototype that should be able to work seamlessly in a local home environment. Connectivity to/from the outside world or cloud would be the next logical step to this type of system.

Scale & Architecture

One ring to rule them allIt is a lot easier to have a local server-client architecture which can allow for centralized control, access and monitoring. A typical home automation network would consist of multiple control nodes, devices and one server to rule them all. However, the devices that control our very lives have been proliferating and hence the architecture of the system should be a able to scale easily.

Minimal Invasion

Most of the houses in developing nations aren’t home automation enabled. Lets face it, the switch boards are designed only in one way, the locks are supposed to lock manually…

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6 ways your smart home will cut costs

Connected devices are changing the home insurance market.

It is not only home owners and occupants of Smart homes that think they are the best thing since sliced cheese. Insurance companies also like Smart homes.

I love saving money

A smart home is full of sensors that can alert you when a water pipe has burst and maybe automatic shut off the water supply or when there is a power failure and switch over to a backup generator. They can also detect intruders and let the relevant people know that there are people in your house without your approval, with the necessary video feeds to help them make immediate decisions as how to handle the situation.

Insurance companies start to realize that they can also use this information to calculate a cheaper rate because all this sensors/information at the correct time and with the correct people, will reduce their risk considerable.

To read more about this topic you can go to 6 ways your smart home will cut costs.

Smarthome upgrades

The time for home automation, thus making our homes smart, is rushing towards us like a steam train. Either you can say I’m going to wait till every issue is solved and prices are main stream or you’re going to enjoy the benefits of your Smart Home and making your friends green with envy.


In her post Smarthome upgrades, Jenneth Orantia take us from the flying cars and robot maids in “The Jetsons” to the modern day of what is available for you today. She also mentioned some of the difficulties with Smarthome upgrades at this stage, like cost, the communication between devices from different manufactures.

She cleverly split her discussion into Smart appliances(Coffee machines, refrigerators, vacuum cleaners and smart switches), Home automation(lights, music, Apple home kit, Google and SmartThings), Smarter home security(camaras, motion detectors and smart locks) and High tech toys(wrist bands, wrist watch, smart forks and tooth brushes).

A real nice article with lots of information.

Top smart home technology features consumers want

When it comes to smart home technology, amenities like refrigerators, thermostats, lighting, and garage doors are gaining in popularity among homeowners and buyers. But smart technology that controls home security systems might be the most desirable, according to research from iControl Networks, a home technology company, in the 2014 State of the Smart Home report.


Researchers surveyed more than 900 homebuyers and renters who do and do not use smart technology in their homes. Among respondents, 67 percent ranked home security as the top reason for using a smart home system. This includes items such as fire alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.

The survey also indicates that people would be willing to pay for smart home security systems, with 51 percent who said they would pay up to $500 for a fully-equipped smart home, and 32 percent who said they would pay between $500 and $3000.

“For now, safety and security are driving initial mass market adoption,” says Jim Johnson, executive vice president of Icontrol Networks. “But the convenience associated with a connected home will likely play a greater role as consumers realize how much easier automation makes their lives.”

Seventy-eight percent of respondents ranked energy management as one of the top features that matter most to them in a smart home. HVAC heating and cooling was cited as the most important feature in helping to reduce energy bills.

Sixty-eight percent of respondents said indoor lighting and ceiling fan control is a desired feature, and 42.5 percent said they are very interested in replacing their thermostat with one that automatically adjusts when the home is unoccupied.