What is a Smart Home Automation System?

In today’s digital world, our lives have never been more connected, automated, and Internet-controlled.  And of course, our homes are impacted, too. It’s interesting to realize that the smart home technology that was once limited to our imaginations or constructed as sets in sci-fi movies is now actually part of our day-to-day reality—and indeed, probably more advanced than anything Hollywood could create.  

Ultimately, a smart home automation system offers you seamless control over all aspects of your home and how it operates.  It allows a user to sync all devices, appliances, utilities, and more together to experience an increasingly efficient and flowing existence.  Now, while this type of technology has been around for a few decades, it has largely existed in the form of lighting or simple appliance control.  Today, we are living in a more exciting world, one where the home that we live in allows for interconnectedness. We have the power to live in total control of our home environment and dictate how, when, and why the devices around us react.  Smart home products, in turn, create total alignment with our personal preferences and desires—improving convenience and enhancing luxury via a mobile device or smart speaker while saving time, money, and energy.

The Future of Digital Assistants

Smart home automation has many components, but the first thing to realize is that any system is going to be driven through a digital assistant like Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and Google’s Assistant.  These digital assistants, no matter which one you choose (and we are sure to meet many more digital friends as the future unfolds), serves to act as your “hub” and will control your home’s features, devices, and more.

Up until recently, digital assistant technology related to smart home products has been platform-centric with certain home automation brands specifically supported by certain assistants. However, that has started to morph.  While Alexa still controls the market share, the landscape has been changing, and the future, overall, is bright.

Per Statista, it is anticipated that by 2021, there will be 82.5 million home automation systems at work. What’s more is that the technology that powers digital assistants will become more personalized and in sync with a user’s preferences and needs.  This means that it is likely that Alexa, for instance, will not need to be told to adjust the AC on a hot summer day prior to you returning home at 6pm. It (she?) will simply know this on an intuitive level and do it. It’s also likely that there will be crossover between devices, meaning that Siri and Alexa will be able to ping each other, as well as other third-party applications, in order to access specific data about a user and their needs, enhancing the efficiency and operational capabilities experienced.  This, in turn, will translate to new functionality in smart home automation and truly bridge whatever gap is left between our day-to-day living and the role of technology in our lives.