Automation and interconnectivity between devices, appliances and household items are two of the key aspects that define the next step towards truly intelligent homes.
In this context, the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) plays a fundamental role: that of integrating all aspects of home life into a unified network, controlled by one or several users.
Specifically, the IoT refers to the ability of things to integrate into an interconnected network, sending, receiving and processing data in real time.
Thus, in a smart home made up of interconnected objects, the possibilities for customization and automation are practically limitless: imagine a coffee maker that makes you coffee when you have turned off your mobile alarm in the morning, a lighting system that turns off the lights when there’s no one home or a smart mirror to show you the news of the day while you brush your teeth. All this, and much more, is possible thanks to the IoT.
integration of things
The IoT concept demands the existence of a unified network to which objects connect to communicate with each other.
The most popular solution for these systems is to use a WiFi network through a router, which in turn plays an important role in protecting the network by having a firewall or firewall. In addition, a router allows the management of subnets, bandwidth, and remote access from the router configuration, which is 192.168.0.1. The IP address may be different for your router, such as 192.168.1.1 for Tenda and Huawei.
In this way, the interconnection of household appliances and household items with each other and with smart devices enables us to think of functions of all kinds, but above all the possibility of controlling everything from a unified access point, such as a smart phone or a Tablet.
In this way you can, for example, turn on the lights in your house, adjust the thermostat or check that the front door has been properly closed, from anywhere using your mobile.
Automation of things
Following the IoT concept, the interconnection of things allows the automation of tasks and actions.
This is one of the most interesting aspects of smart homes, as it has great potential in two different aspects: firstly, it can help people save on services (water, electricity, etc.); Second, it can simplify and enhance the well-being and comfort of people in their homes.
Through automation you can, for example, program your refrigerator to notify you when there is little left of a certain product, your shower to turn off the water when no one is bathing, or your irrigation system to water the plants in your garden when the soil reaches a certain moisture level.
Internet of Things at home
Having deconstructed the IoT into its two fundamental elements, integration and automation, it is that the true scope of the possibilities is understood: interconnected household items, programmed to work according to your preferences, to execute tasks based on predefined actions or events, like dimming the lighting in the living room when the TV is on, for example.
It is clear that the IoT plays a key role in the development of efficiently integrated and interconnected smart homes, capable of scheduling and automating tasks, and enabling unified management of all aspects of home life. In the end, the result is a considerable improvement in people’s quality of life.