The concept of a “smart home” is steadily becoming a norm in daily living with the market introduction of smart plugs that can connect internet-enabled home appliances and gadgets alike. Once the devices are connected through a frequency operating under your home broadband Wi-Fi, the home owner can remotely access and operate these internet connected devices even when the person is away from the house.

Smart home technology is making strides in making it easier for homes to adapt and quickly realise the benefits of home automation. With an emerging steep market and a competitive industry being moulded with the home automation platform, companies and tech providers are now keen to introduce better products within the near future.

According to the Internet of Things (IoT) analysts, the future of the smart home will evolve from its commercial “plug and play” setting into an “integrated” feature where smart home technology will be a standard feature for new homes built in the future.

When it comes to the smart home system integration mechanic, several platforms derived from smart plugs are already making a market entry and they will shape the functional features of every smart home very soon:

Full Home Automation

In order to get started with smart homes, homeowners can purchase a smart hub with their embedded feature called a smart home virtual assistant. The smart home hub is a quick starter kit in transforming your home into automation. Companies such as Google, Amazon, Apple and are set to introduce smart hubs with home assistants that will help homeowners manage their security, lighting, climate, water, networked appliances and entertainment systems. With a smart home virtual assistant, homeowners can monitor the connection status and configure each end device remotely.

Energy Efficiency with Automation

Automation is not only gearing up smart homes for convenience, but also towards a model of energy efficiency through automated monitoring embedded into new sources such as the existing home battery and solar batteries. With automation in place and the strategic application of functional energy incorporated into the home, homeowners can decide which part of the house can be powered by solar, home battery or electricity. In connecting the energy sources in an automated — smart home energy management system, homes will be able to adjust heating and turn off connected lights, appliances, water without human assistance. This makes for a very efficient home as the home can monitor its energy consumption by itself and make informed decisions with the guidance of the homeowner in making adjustments to reach a level of energy efficiency.

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