Left the light on in the kitchen? Forgot to set the heating to come on and it’s a bitterly cold day?
With a smart home device, you’ll never worry again. With just the tap of a few buttons via a smartphone app you’ll have full control over your home, whether it’s turning off lights, turning up the heating or making sure your security alarm is set.
What are smart home devices?
Depending on which smart home systems you buy, they all have very different components.
For some, they concentrate on just smart home lighting, while other products provide comfort and security both inside and outside your home, like radiator thermostats, shutter activators, environmental sensors and cameras.
There are lots of options, all designed to make you feel safe and secure. Still, it’s best to know what system and additional devices you need before buying as some brands require certain accessories - like the bridge in the case of Philips Hue or the access point for the Homematic IP.
What can smart home devices do?
Smart home devices make your home intelligentand take away everyday activities, like switching on lights or turning the heating up or off.
What’s the benefit of this?
Well, not only does it give you more time to do other things, but it also gives you a feeling of security. Because even when you’re not at home, all you need to do is glance at your mobile phone to know everything is okay.
Automatic lighting for convenience and safety
Colour and brightness change according to mood and situation
Coloured light in millions of combinations
Automatically raise and lower heating
Intelligent networking with window and door contacts
Optimised heating plans for cost and energy savings
Indoor and outdoor cameras
Control of areas in and around the house
Direct communication via integrated microphones
Worldwide live image transmission to mobile devices
Manual or automatic operation of roller shutters
Networking with fracture sensors
Control depending on wind direction and strength as well as solar radiation
Open/close garage door
Convenient opening and closing of access doors via smartphone
Check the condition at any time and from any place
Optimum service for barrier-free living
Integrate electrical appliances
Integration of electrical appliances with a plug, e.g. kettle, coffee machines, etc.
Simple installation using adaptors
Switching on and off via a smartphone from anywhere
Indoor surveillance and control at any time from anywhere
Direct push notification to a smartphone in case of emergency
Link with other measures, e.g. warning lighting
Monitoring the status of doors and windows
Direct push notification to a mobile phone when status changes
Switch alarm on and off depending on the situation
Unprecedented variety of lighting ideas
Coloured and colour changing light
Control of various light sources and grouping of related decorative elements
What control options are there?
The smart devices are usually configured via the smart home system’s app. They cannot be controlled with just a mobile phone.
Depending on the device, the Smart Home components are configured via WLAN or Bluetooth. Changes can be made at any time via smartphone.
In addition to motion detectors, smart home systems use sensors like door contacts or environmental sensors to activate or deactivate other components.
Most smart home systems can be integrated into the voice control of Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or Apple Siri.
Thanks to programmed routines, there is no longer any need to worry about things like turning up the heating or dimming the lights.
Special wall switches can be assigned functions via the app. Lights and other devices, for example, can be operated at the press of a button.
Via remote controls
Many systems offer a handheld transmitter which can be used to control central functions of the smart home system.
Which manufacturers are there?
The number of smart home manufacturers is huge, as is the range of devices and systems. Depending on your personal needs, it’s worth taking a look at the full range of a brand first before deciding which system is best for you.
Occasionally, systems can be combined, but not always - so make sure you check before you buy!
Smart Home System focused on home security with cameras, door lock drives and alarm systems.
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