How to set up and monitor your smart home

Dirk Paessler for ITProPortal:  As we move towards a fully IoT-enabled world, the concept that seems to have the most appeal to the consumer is that of the smart home. There is, of course, an obvious reason for this. If set up the right way an intelligent home can deliver more comfort and safety, save energy and improve the quality of living for its inhabitants. And of course, the ‘cool factor’ is also not to be discounted when, for instance, the lights come on automatically just as the sun goes down, and your favourite playlist starts to play on the surround sound speakers.

But how does the home become truly ‘smart’? Although some would have you believe it, a thermometer that can be operated via smartphone does not make a smart home on its own. Only the integration and automation of many components into a central control and steering unit can truly be called a ‘smart home’.

Today, there are established manufacturers that offer all-round smart home packages: sensors and control units for almost every aspect of house and home, as well as a central console to control and coordinate everything.  Full Article:

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