What is Smart Home or Smart Building?

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“Home is where the heart and brain are” is the perfect one-line definition of a smart home. Smart homes are the newest additions in the real estate industry. They turn your living space luxurious and comfortable and help save your money and energy. What can be better than controlling almost every device in your home with a single app no matter where you are in the world.

Today, technology has evolved manifolds, and no part of life is untouched by it. From finance to entertainment, cooking to travelling, everything has been made easy with technology. Reminders, alarms, automated functions, pre-timed tasks, have transformed how our daily lives function. Living is another aspect that has witnessed rapid developments. Thanks to home automation or what is also known as domotics.

What Is A Smart Home?

A smart home is a residing area that employs a network of interconnected devices and appliances using technologies like the internet, ethernet and Bluetooth, to allow its residents the remote management and control of aspects like lighting, temperature, home security, entertainment, and others. With the Internet of Things (IoT), smart homes help users have a convenient, comfortable and economic lifestyle. This technology enables the smart devices to function together by sharing consumer data and automating their operations based on the residents’ specific preferences.

Is Smart Home Same as Smart Building?

Building access control system

A smart building or Future Buildings can be seen as a smart home but on an industrial scale. Smart buildings usually employ the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to make large units, energy-efficient, simple to operate, and increase convenience. Both smart homes and smart buildings use sensors and actuators, but the level of their usage is different.

The scale of their usage is massive in the case of industrial setups. Wireless power devices that use IIoT with mesh technology offer smooth functioning over a wider area and seamless connectivity. Smart buildings also require wider bandwidth to maintain connectivity of the devices. A smart building has several devices that need to be connected, and the standard 2.4 GHz bandwidth for communication at times seems inadequate for industrial requirements.

How Smart Homes/Smart Buildings Work?

In the present times, home automation commonly uses Zigbee and Z wave as the communication protocol. Z wave offers a range of 30 meters, while Zigbee has a radius of 10 meters. Both these protocols employ mesh network technologies, low power radio signal, short-range to connect to smart home networks.

Every single, smart home device is connected to a master home automation controller known as the smart home hub. This is the central unit that detects, processes, and sends communication wirelessly. Homeowners can control all smart home devices through a single app that communicates with the hub to command individual devices. Some examples of smart home hubs are Amazon Echo, Google Home, SamsungSmartThings, to name a few.

Benefits of Smart Home/Smart Building

The most significant advantage of home automation includes peace of mind, predictability, higher safety, and enhanced savings. It is a highly efficient technology that ensures efficient use of power. Users can enjoy their lives better since they know that devices have been set and timed and will operate accordingly.

Smart homes or smart buildings offer heightened security with smart cameras and sensors that can detect the slightest movement and alert users in case of unauthorised entry or theft. Another crucial feature of domotics is energy saving. In this critical time when every natural energy resource of the earth is fast depleting, home automation allows mindful consumption that reduces wastage. This not only helps save money but also lowers the environmental impact of continued power consumption.

Schneider Electric offers advanced home automation solutions that can convert a regular living space into a smart one in less than 4 hours. They offer 3 interfaces of voice, app and also the existing switches. With no extra wiring and no damages done to the walls, Schneider Electric’s Wiser, the best home automation system in India can transform your home into a smart home at minimum costs.

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