Smart Homes

Over the last ten years, a wide array of innovative devices has been introduced on the consumer market in hopes of expanding the public's access to information, as well as significantly simplifying their lives by requiring them to do little more than pushing of few buttons. Currently, a computer system can be found practically in every household in the United States, and some older models can be purchased for very low prices that access to these machines is largely independent of one's financial means. In addition to computers themselves, internet access is just as widespread and not only is the popularity of this technology still increasing, but newer and more innovative ways of applying it to solve old and common problems are being discovered every day. One of the sectors of the market that has experienced this trend is home security. Today, more and more homeowners in the United States are choose to convert their households into futuristic smart homes, which offer superior security and control to their traditional counterparts.

The most important aspect found in virtually every single smart home is the home network, allowing for total control of various electronic appliances and equipment found around the home from another electronic device. In other words, anything from light fixtures to the washing machine can be connected to the home network, and in turn be controlled from a central console. Furthermore, the console itself does not have to resemble a physical device commonly featured in older alarm systems, but in fact any computer, smartphone, or tablet can be turned into a smart home command center. Typically, the only requirement will be a network connection between the console and the controlled machine. However, it will be up to the homeowner to decide whether they would rather control the various devices from inside the house, or allow them to access the internet connection and be controllable from virtually any place on the planet. As one should immediately recognize, the first option provides a higher level of security and will be impervious to most external attacks, while the second option allows for higher level of control and autonomy allowing the user to monitor their house even if they happen to be hundreds of miles away from home.

When it comes to making a house ready for a conversion to a quintessential smart home, the most important step will be setting up the connection between various electronic devices and the home network. While certain newer devices, such as cameras, motion sensors, HDTVs or home stereo systems can come with this feature already enabled, other devices like dishwashers or coffee makers will require some modification. However, the modification required may not necessarily be complex, and there are many home automation kits available on the market that require the individual to simply plug the device into the provided outlet to make it wirelessly controllable. In fact, some sophisticated systems can even allow various mechanical devices, such as door locks, to be converted into futuristic machines. In addition to the increased level of control, the various capabilities of smart homes also offer a much greater sense of security. For example, a home monitoring system, equipped with multiple cameras placed around the house, will not only notify the homeowner of any intrusion but if the picture is also accessible from another device, the owner will be able to observe the behavior of the intruder without having to sacrifice their and their family's safety in the process.