Smart Home, also referred to as home automation, is a growing industry that connects technology with the home. Smart home systems allow users to control various aspects of their home such as lighting, heating, cooling, security, and home entertainment devices from a single central hub.
Smart home technology utilizes various advanced technologies such as wireless networking, sensors, and voice and gesture recognition to make the home more secure and efficient, and to provide convenience and comfort to the home user. Smart home systems typically include a wide variety of products such as lighting controllers, door locks, security cameras, thermostats, smoke detectors, and motorized window treatments. Smart home systems can also integrate with other connected devices in the home, such as televisions, music systems, and appliances.
The advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) has enabled a large number of devices to be connected to the internet, and this has also enabled the development of more sophisticated smart home systems. Some examples of IoT-connected devices include connected door locks, voice and gesture recognition systems, intelligent lighting, and connected appliances. Smart home systems can be programmed to respond to commands from the user or can be automated to control various aspects of the home, such as turning on lights or temperature based on current conditions or user preferences.
The growth of the smart home industry has been driven by improving technology, increasing consumer interest, and the falling cost of the components and systems. The growth of the industry has been further driven by the availability of cloud-based services that allow the user to control and monitor their home from anywhere. The smart home industry is expected to continue to grow in the coming years, with a forecast of more than 87 million units worldwide by 2021.