How much we will be dependent on IoT in future? -(The Home Automation)

The Internet of Things isn’t just a hokum, it’s a rapidly expanding reality. We are in the end of 2017 and have seen a lot of technologies related to IoT in various fields. Now the question is - how much we will be dependent on those things? I know my question is like asking anyone in the early 2000 that how much you will be addict to your smartphone? But think again.

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The flaring development in IoT has brought lots of opportunities for the future of humanity but it is not limited to the developed countries even developing countries also can take benefit of it, they are the regions that could most benefit from IoT applications and innovations, yet they don’t have the communication structure to do so. The same can be said of any IoT tools that can monitor agriculture, water quality or even predict the effects of extreme weather. The value derived from the Internet of Things comes from its connectivity and data management abilities, two elements that might not be at the top of the list for a farmer in India.

So how can developing and less developed countries solve the problem? The answer is straightforward … regional investment into the infrastructure that supports the Internet of Things.

That investment does not have to come from the countries themselves, rather it will take a global effort to make sure that certain parts of the world are not left trailing behind the others. The IoT has the potential to revolutionize the world and it seems logical that the places that can benefit most from that potential should be able to do so. When that happens, the IoT will race towards the plateau of productivity.

We live in an amazing era where things like quantum computing, personalized medicine and autonomous cars are becoming real ; Artificial Intelligence, deep learning, advanced automation, crypto-currencies and concepts like Universal Basic Income are about to reshape our world — what an exciting era to live!

The new year will bring new innovative ideas which can help those countries which are underdeveloped and have fair chances to become a global power.
Leveraging the connected needs of their countries to make the IoT an indispensable part of ongoing development makes a lot of sense. Depending on which analyst’s data you choose to follow there could be anywhere between 26 billion and 100 billion devices connected to the IoT by 2020.

So in my opinion Home Automation is the domain where IoT will become a part of everyday life of a common man in the next 2 years.

Although Smartphones and Smart watches are common but in future we may have more smart appliances which are used in day to day life, those will be much smarter than the so called ‘smart’ devices we have in our houses (like smart Televisions, smart refrigerator, smart washing machine, smart thermostat, smart lighting etc), those appliances can be controlled remotely but with each device having it’s own mobile app or controlling app, managing those apps can be cumbersome.

Smart appliances make the management easier and also provide status information to the user remotely. They may have various features apart from remote controlling like- 
1. Vacation or away modes
2. Set-it-and-forget-it items
3. Motion detection
4. Intrusion Detection System
5. Smart Lighting

For example, Smart refrigerator can keep track of the items stored (using RFID tags) and sends updates to the users when an item is low on stock. Preety Cool!
It is sure that Smart appliances will be the part of ordinary life and may be in future each of those devices will be based on one platform which will solve the problems of too many apps to control different devices.
Though There are many home automation platforms however i’ll only mention the Open Source.

  1. OpenRemote -is an Open Source Middleware for the Internet of Things. Manage your scenes comfortably in your living room, combine lighting ambiance and climate. Set the scene with the press of a single button. OpenRemote enables you to connect virtually all types of devices within your network and create an intuitive universal remote on your tablet or smartphone. Or do without a UI and automate everything using Rules.
  2. Calaos is a free software project (GPLv3) that lets you control and monitor your home and you can view its source on GitHub. You can easily install and use it to transform your home into a smart home. After a long working day relax! When going home calaos will prepare a sweet environment. Shutters are closed, light dimmed, favorite music starts to play. All items linked to Calaos can be automated per time, ambience or mood. Creating a scenario is done in a few click on the touchscreen. English speaking readers should be advised that, while some English documentation is available, some of the instructional material as well as support forums are primarily in French. It supports Wago PLC, Raspberry Pi, Zodianet’s ZiBASE, Cubieboard, Squeezebox etc hardware platforms.

3. Domoticz is an open source project under the (GPLv3). It is a Home Automation system design to control various devices and receive input from various sensors. This system is designed to operate in various operating systems. The user-interface is a scalable HTML5 web frontend, and is automatically adapted for Desktop and Smart Devices. Domoticz is written primarily in C/C++ , and its source code can be browsed on GitHub.

4. OpenHab (short for Open Home Automation Bus)- One of the most popular home automation tool in the open source community. More and more new cool devices and technologies arrive at our homes every day but though they are all aimed at enhancing our lifestyle they all lack one important feature: a common language they could speak to each other to create a really automated and smart environment at home. The main goal of openHAB is to provide an integration platform to fix this issue.

5. Home Assistant- Home Assistant allows you to control all your devices without storing any of your data in the cloud. It will keep your privacy private. It is designed to be easily deployed on most any machine that can run Python 3, from a Raspberry Pi to a NAS device, and even ships with a Docker container to make deploying on other systems a breeze.


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