We should probably explain exactly what the internet of things means first. This is the development of all things internet, or more specifically how every day objects now have network connectivity (so they are sending and receiving data). This can range from the more obvious smart devices such as mobile phones and watches to small electronics such as key trackers and body monitors. Anything that feeds information into a database is a part of this and you can use many devices to automate your home. The shipping of connected home devices is predicted to grow at a yearly rate of 67% over the next 5 years according to a recent report. This report also states that this year about 25% of all shipments within the “internet of things” category will be smart home devices.
So, home automation is becoming quite the popular choice in the electronic industry, with many smart devices becoming fairly common. But why the sudden surge in home automation products for security? Well, there are two reasons for this: cost and safety. It can cost less to automate your home with small automation products, but they’re less effective and can open your home up to digital hackers. When we, for example, automate someone’s home we always make sure that it’s 100% secure and that there is a limited chance of a security breach. Using cheap products such as WiFi connected cameras can be more dangerous, as your internet connection could be a gateway into your home. However, you could argue that even a small amount of security is better than having none at all, which we would tend to agree with.
Fairly recently we all heard about how webcams were being hacked into, to watch people in their homes. This is something that has been a cause for concern for security specialists, who urge those using cheap smart home products to consider still having some form of professional security. It’s okay to automate other things within your home, like having a kettle that boils just before you get home or curtains that are controlled by a remote control, but when it comes to home security you cannot beat a professional installation. The difference between doing it yourself and hiring someone to set it up is that doing it yourself still requires some degree of knowledge. If you’re not the kind of person that doesn’t get along with technology, then setting up a smart home is not the way forward for you.
Many big security brands have reached into the home automation sector, such as Sonos, Yale and Honeywell. The issue with this is that many devices come with their own app. Having several apps means that your automation is still not totally a breeze, as you’re having to flick between apps to get anything done. Getting a system professionally installed means that you will be provided with a home automation solution that works in synch.
If you’re interested in automating your home we’re here to help with our home automation services.