Looking Toward the Future: Where the Home Automation Industry Is Moving
For many folks, home automation as it stands is the future. After all, the convenience of auto-lifting blinds or the power of being able to control your electronics with your voice both can seem like things straight out of science fiction!
But fiction is sometimes unreflective of reality; just like any other industry, the home automation field is constantly shifting, changing, and adjusting to combat new problems and fix old shortcomings. As a consumer, having a smidgen of market knowledge can help you make smart purchasing choices regarding your home tech needs, and Enhanced Home Systems is here to help you do just that.
Aside from our personalized approach to home security and automation, below we bring you a few predictions, trends, and items of interest regarding the future of our industry.
The Home Automation Industry Will Need to Solve Interconnectivity Problems
We’ve written a whole home automation company blog on this subject. Check it out for a deep dive into the term and its implications: “Three Ways to Promote Smart Home Interconnectivity.”
For the purposes of this blog, we’ll define interconnectivity as the ability of two devices to “communicate” with one another, giving you an easy-to-use smart home experience. A voice-controlled home automation product, for example, that can also control your automatic lights, has a degree of interconnectivity with the latter device.
As you can imagine, smart automation encompasses a wide array of technology; not all devices will be able to connect with others. While as a home automation installer we’ve mastered creating communicative systems, this still creates issues for the customer looking to have an all-inclusive home automation solution. When your newest dream piece of tech won’t integrate with your current system thanks to age or technological differences, it does get quite frustrating!
As the industry moves forward into the future, it will need to create new and innovative ways to make smart homes interconnective, or brands will need to make more versatile their product lines. Either way, interconnectivity problems are a pressing issue the field will need to tangle with.
Home Automation Will Further Integrate With the Internet of Things
The Internet of Things, or IoT for short, is a bit of an abstract concept. In simple terms, the Internet of Things refers to the growing trend of household objects, such as refrigerators, to have internet-connecting and computing capabilities. It doesn’t necessarily refer to home automation, merely the capability of a given device to connect to the internet when, typically in the past, it wouldn’t be able to.
As you can imagine, the capability of an apparatus to connect to the internet, though, opens up new horizons of potential for home automation systems, and it has been for a while now. For example, thermostats that have Wi-Fi access can be remotely managed, automating a home and simplifying your life. The Internet of Things looks likely to continue expanding, according to LinkedIn, and with that expansion comes new and exciting opportunities for home automation.
An Increased Focus on Security
Home security systems aside, though, the more connected things become, the more important cybersecurity becomes. This is especially true in relation to home automation and the Internet of Things. As the Internet takes a bigger and bigger role in home automation, so then will remain the prioritization of customer security and safety.
At the end of the day, home automation technology is designed to streamline people’s lives, not compromise their home security. If the industry wants to continue to do what it does best, it will need to stress security as much as expansion and innovation.
The Role of AI and Robots
AI, or artificial intelligence, isn’t something unique to the home automation industry; it’s making its mark in everything from commercial construction to healthcare. When it comes to home automation, though, certain experts predict, according to Time magazine, that smart home tech in the future will use such methods to actively predict the needs of their owners, even going so far as to adjust other smart devices automatically. Talk about convenience! Home automation could thus be used to do everything from tidying up to cooking, hypothesized Time, thanks to the data such devices collect.
Some sources go so far as to predict robots will actively play a role in our household futures. While current technologies limit the sophistication of tasks robots can carry out, this might not always be the case; the avenue of robotics is thus one that could very well expand into home automation territories.
Enhanced Home Systems: Cutting-Edge Home Automation Technology
No matter where the industry is, our team of home networking installers and home automation pros will always bring you top-notch tech at the forefront of innovation and security. To create the automated space of your dreams, give our Edina office a call today at 952-941-5289.