The Age of Smart Homes
This is unarguably the age of internet and hence smart homes. In a smart home all the electrical or electronic devices can be connected, monitored and managed remotely through tablets/phones/laptops by putting them on a home network. Whether it is the home theatre, washing machine, lighting or home security, all the devices can be wired to sensors and can be managed through a command by voice or data instructions.
The advent of smart home technology can be attributed to the penetration of smartphones and tablet computers which are constantly connected to the internet. This translates into the fact that these can be configured to control all the devices which are online i.e. this is the age of Internet of Things (IoT). IoT is defined as a world where physical objects are seamlessly integrated into the information network, and where the physical objects can become active participants in business processes. Services are available to interact with these ‘smart objects’ over the internet, query and change their state and any information associated with them, taking into account security and privacy issues.
The Role of the Builder
Increasingly, house owners are embracing the convenience, comfort, safety and energy savings that comes with smart home technology. With increased demand for smart home technology, the role architect has been redefined. For eg: Broadband, home theatre, monitored security are standard features in most houses these days. Various home automation and security systems are now available at decent rates and can be considered for installation. Many developers like Apple have launched apps that allow users to connect and control all of their HomeKit-enabled smart home devices from their tablets, phones or even watches.
The decision and the design to install pre-wire systems for an effective leverage of Internet of Things phenomena lies squarely with the builder. Home automation systems function best with structured wiring, geared for the best network speed, configurability, ability to troubleshoot and consistent signal quality. It is essential to select builders and architects who can execute the concept effectively. Buildmyghar offers various home plans which can be customized according to the requirement of the customer and the architect’s vision.
The other factor to be considered is the power consumption. With all the energy guzzling instruments and appliances that are installed in a smart home, the focus should be to opt for green and sustainable houses. Green homes lay emphasis on using environment friendly material, home designs that use natural light and air effectively, rain water harvesting and using smart appliances with high energy ratings. Buildmyghar uses prefabricated technology for green sustainable homes.