Home automation refers specifically to things in your home that can be programmed to function automatically. In years past, those automations were pretty basic, but now the possibilities are immense, ranging from lights and locks to cameras and coffee makers. The common denominator is automation, and a promise that these devices can save you time, save you money or make your life a little easier. An automated lamp might turn on by itself as soon as you walk into the room. An automated thermostat might turn the heat down when it detects you’ve left for the day, then back on when it thinks you’re on your way back.
Think of the automated home as a human body. It needs to be able to sense things, process information and react accordingly. Different smart home devices do different things, but all of them fall under at least one of those those three functions.
The first function, sense, is for things like motion and temperature, as well as gadgets dedicated exclusively to monitoring them.
The devices that respond to those decisions — that is, the ones that actually do things — are the muscles of the smart home. A motion detector might sense you stepping out of bed in the morning, but it’s the automated coffee maker that reacts to that information, starting a brew that’ll be ready right as you’re getting out of the shower.
Larger setups might need a separate device or accessory to manage and process all of that information, especially if the different devices aren’t able to work directly with one another. Smart homes like these need more than just muscles and nerves — they need a brain.
Home automation is nothing new, but a recent boom in smart home tech has thrust it straight into the spotlight. Smart home kits, sensors and gadgets have been dominating for the past two years, with big names like Apple, Google, GE and Microsoft right there in the thick of it. That’s not surprising, given that market experts predict that the smart home’s market share will be worth tens of billions within the next few years.
All that action adds up to a rapidly growing number of things in the Internet of Things, along with a variety of platforms competing to control them all.
Smart hubs are designed to control multiple devices, even ones from different manufacturers. A good one will integrate every smart thing in your home into a single, seamless home automation experience, and offer consolidated controls within a single app.
Typically, a hub will include multiple radios for popular smart home protocols like Z-Wave and ZigBee — the wireless “languages” of smart home gadgetry. This allows the hub to “talk” to everything in its native language, then translate that info into a Wi-Fi signal that you (and your router) can understand and put to use. With the right hub, you’ll be able to expand your system dramatically without things getting too complicated.
Delphian Systems developed the SecuRemote, which addresses the “hub” conundrum by removing the disparate radio protocols and bringing the device control back to the phone friendly Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) capability. The SecuRemote Smart Mobile App can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play. The SR Smart App enables control of multiple SR enabled devices via an interactive user interface.
Command and control of SecuRemote enabled products is directly available through the mobile device application. Simple activation procedures require only a smart phone and QR tag scan to instantiate an end device.
SecuRemote harnesses the power of Bluetooth and web access through cellular networks to bring you unprecedented convenience, control, and security.
Delphian Systems is an engineering firm specializing in the development and integration of secure wireless devices, mobile and cloud application systems, and micro-electromechanical actuators and sensor devices. We provide complete end-to-end solutions for customer-partners whose products require interoperability with mobile devices and seamless and secure network connectivity.