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Various ways to unlock the IoT integrated homes

Sunitha / 20 Mar 2021 / IOT Industry | IOT AI

Smart IoT integrated houses are no longer a fantasy! With increasing applications of IoT sensors and actuators, it won’t be long when our IoT integrated homes will have remote security, energy-efficient cooling, ventilation, and heating systems. 

With smartphone-based IoT applications, we would be in a position to monitor and control various home appliances and systems. Smart homes and IoT automation will focus on comfort, convenience, economy, security, and ease of operation. 

Healthcare would also be integrated into the integrated home concept. It would involve an integration of IoT smart home systems, cloud computing, and AI. But all these features can be best unlocked by skilled IoT professionals. There is no doubt that there will be growing and innovative IoT career opportunities for trained IoT personnel. Integrated homes also bring up the looming threat of data security and integrity. 

Integrated homes and healthcare

With IoT devices and IoT systems installed, smart homes can help in monitoring the health of critical patients or those living alone remotely. It reduces the dependence on caretakers and allows seniors to be constantly monitored and assisted in real-time. With the help of multimedia-based health services, doctors and healthcare professionals can monitor, interact, and assist patients living in remote areas or living alone.

IoT integrated homes

Automated houses have been functional for a decade. Automation of the lighting and sprinkler systems has been implemented in many homes. Integrated homes go beyond mere automation. IoT integrated homes process all the events and functions in the house in real-time. The vast amounts of data generated are analyzed to set up warning systems or preventing or averting accidents. 

The IoT system processes events based on the configurations and inputs fed. Accordingly, response events are structured. The IoT device sends raw data collected through embedded sensors. AI uses this data to draw relevance based on the parameters it has been fed as well as past experiences.

  • The door is kept open for longer than the specified time
  • Windows being opened at night
  • When to turn on and off lights
  • When to switch off appliances such as air conditioning when you leave the room. All IoT-connected appliances such as light bulbs, fans, can be set to automatically switch off when there is no one at home; unless specifically told not to. Lights can be dimmed and air conditioning temperatures can be remotely controlled. 
  • Doors can be unlocked based on access patterns of different family members. 
  • Alerting when anyone is noticed at the main door or gate
  • Appliance failure and possible damage
  • A sudden surge in energy usage
  • Items running out of stock in the smart fridge will trigger it to book groceries online
  • Food delivery and Amazon delivery can automatically be booked
  • Kitchen appliances like smart cookers, ovens, and coffee makers can be set to run before you reach home from work
  • Electricity and water consumption can be monitored and controlled creating a smaller carbon footprint for your house.
  • Remote access to the house can be allowed through the use of a smart mobile app connected to the home IoT automation. 
  • Warn you of dangerous air pollution levels
  • Identify and warn you of gas or water leaks

IoT home integration and security are intricately interwoven. Smart home devices are built to suit the customer’s home needs. Voice control will be weaved into the system to remove the reliance on text instructions. Smart assistants like Google Home, Alexa, and Siri can be harnessed to issue voice commands to perform certain home functions. The advantage of not having to get the wiring done all over the house is a big advantage of IoT-based home systems. They are easier to install and easy to use. Faults are easier to detect and the real-time data transmission helps in preventive maintenance of gadgets, appliances, and other household systems. 

Integrated IoT applications allow you to get a bird’s eye view of how systems in your house function. Through smartphone-based apps, you can get a clearer insight into some of your spending patterns, be it utilities or grocery. Waste points can be identified quickly. People can be saved the monotonous chores and focus on other interests. With IoT-integrated safety solutions, there is less stress and more peace of mind. AI keeps learning as it goes along. It can be harnessed to create solutions based on earlier experiences. 

Final Thoughts

The AI-based IoT home system picks up cues from your habits and preferences. Complex algorithms are used to derive consumption and other patterns within the home. These features will also throw up plenty of IoT job opportunities for troubleshooting system issues and customer service.  

There are certain misconceptions about whether this technological trend is all advantageous. Are homes moving from private sanctuaries to technical and connected spaces that lack privacy and are often vulnerable to security threats? Has it liberated the members of the family with more time or has it isolated people further?