Considering the overflowing stream of information these days, it’s hard to keep track of every single innovation. What’s worth keeping in mind is that the tech behind many of today’s common activities has a name: the Internet of Things.
And since home automation is very much linked to day-to-day activities, its connection with the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes evident.
IoT is more than a recent buzzword, and if you are not familiar with it, you’ll surely be in the years to come.
So let’s have a brief look at how IoT and home automation – including the security aspect – go hand in hand.
The Internet of Things – A Brief Introduction
Coined by entrepreneur Kevin Ashton in 1999, the term is used to describe the idea of Internet as a network facilitator to drive global functionality.
Essentially, the Internet of Things is what the name suggests: how Internet connection facilitates daily operations and how it helps all “things” in our lives connect via smart devices.
With security being a major concern for any homeowner, it’s easy to see why it has become a primary focus of the home automation industry.
Home Automation = Spend Less Money, Gain More Control
With the rise of automation means, lots of processes are not only simpler but also less costly.
For instance, data gathered by security cameras don’t need a dedicated server or hard drive to be stored. Video is instead uploaded to cloud storage, which leads to fewer costs allocated to hardware.
One of the best displays of IoT intelligence is the smart home. Using apps on your smartphone, you can control the ins and outs of your household.
For instance, numerous home processes can be automatized while you’re away, such as:
- turning the lights/TV on or off
- managing locks
- climate control
And when you’re not away, the Internet of Things makes sure you get the best home protection. For instance, fingerprint scanning devices are likely to become more and more popular in the following years.
In addition, certain apps can send notifications when a door opens. Then you can check the IP (Internet Protocol) hosted camera to have a look into your home in real time. If there’s indeed an intruder, you can trigger the alarm remotely.
IoT Stands for Bright Prospects
With IoT powering home automation, the possibilities are almost endless. That’s because it allows developers to create networks of things in many different ways to improve efficiency.
Considering our lives are so busy, increased functionality is more than welcome. Even more so when it translates into security advancements.
At Lockrite, we’re always looking ahead towards any IoT innovations that might be of use when it comes to home security.
When integrated within the Yale module, the Keyfree Connected smart lock can be linked to virtually any smart home system. It also connects with the Yale Smartphone Alarm and CCTV system.
Contact us if you have any questions or need help installing smart locks, alarms and HD CCTV for your home.