There was a time not so long ago when logging into your dial-up internet connection to access emails and information felt like something out of a movie. The internet has since affected nearly every aspect of our modern lives. It’s changed the way we shop, how we communicate with each other, how we manage our utilities and bills, and even how we run our businesses and companies.
As we move further into the future, we find that smart devices like smartphones and tablets are influencing many of our day to day interactions. We now find ourselves at the threshold of a new frontier of smart home technologies in Australia.
The typical household has become more and more influenced by technology over the past 100 years, but the structure and operation of a home has generally stayed the same. This is all set to change with smart home automation. Home security systems, cleaning devices, garden care, and grocery shopping are all examples of things that you can expect to be influenced by smart or IoT (internet of things) devices.
Let’s have a look at some of the devices that are being integrated into smart homes, and some of the ways SMARTHOMEWORKS are integrating smart home technology into Australian homes. The future is now, it’s time to consider how smart integration can make your life easier, safer and far more comfortable.
Home safety and security
Home security has previously been dominated by two leading technologies. These involved a CCTV system that can record footage and an intrusion alarm system that integrated motion detectors and magnetic reeds that trigger the alarm if your home has been infiltrated.
Smart home security is the new frontier. These devices are now a symbiotic integration of technologies that you can access and control from your smartphone, tablet, or workstation. The traditional doorbell is now a robust smart device that connects to your phone when activated or triggered by a motion detector. It gives you instant camera access and two-way audio communication in real-time so you can talk to visitors or directly to delivery drivers.
Your CCTV can now be linked directly to your smart device and is fully integrated into your intrusion system. This gives you access to all cameras in real-time and allows you to arm, disarm, and control your entire network. At the same time, you can be alerted continuously from anywhere in the world. This can save you a small fortune in monitoring contracts with security companies.
Another popular feature to come onto the market is smart locking systems. This gives you an entire home access control system, allowing you to unlock gates for parcel delivery, or be alerted when family members have arrived safely at home.
Smart home automation
You may be shocked at how many day to day home utilities are being integrated with smart technology. For example, you would traditionally be dependent on family or neighbours for help with securing and maintaining your home while away on business or holiday. Home automation can give you independent remote control over many significant utilities in your home.
You can water your garden by accessing your irrigation system from a laptop while away on business. You can provide additional security to your home by opening and shutting your curtains, as well as controlling your lighting, giving the impression that someone is home while you and your family are away on holiday. You could even control your smart TV and smart sound system to add to the illusion. All these appliances can also be linked to voice command devices like Google Home and Amazon Alexa.
When stuck on public transport on the way home from work, you can control your air conditioning thermostat to get the perfect temperature before your arrival.
Smart home appliances
Smart television came not long after smartphones and tablets. This new technology gave you the ability to browse the internet or access streaming services. These units are now being integrated into white goods and many other home appliances.
As the kitchen is usually the centre of the family home, refrigerators have become a technological hub in one of your highest-traffic areas. A smart fridge can make automated shopping lists as supply becomes low; they can organise family meals and lunches, search the internet for recipes, or allow you to do general browsing.
You can read the news or access your digital schedule and plan your day, all while enjoying your morning coffee. Robot wet and dry vacs have been quickly fitted with smart technology. This gives you the ability to activate your robot vac from your mobile device, your phone or workstation.
You can reduce allergies by remotely turning on a smart air purifier on a high pollen count day, reducing your home’s irritants. A smart oven or microwave can be programmed to send you push notifications when your food has finished cooking. This can also provide added fire safety and reduce energy consumption, saving money on your utility bill.
Speak to SMARTHOMEWORKS about integrating your home today
Everything listed above is just a few examples of the everyday devices being integrated with smart technology. There are also smart washing machines, dryers, toasters, and kettles. The future of smart homes in Australia seems to be limitless. SMARTHOMEWORKS are the trusted name in Sydney and greater NSW for integrating complete smart home solutions into your life. We use industry-leading brands and have an impressive portfolio of happy, satisfied customers.
If you want to make your house a smart home, contact us today for advice on integrating smart technology into your life. You can also contact us via email, and we will get in touch to discuss your home at your nearest convenience.