What is Smarthome?

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What exactly is a Smarthome?

Everyone is talking about the Smarthome. But what exactly is it?

Find out what makes a smarthome and what advantages it offers.

In a smart home, light, heating and blinds can be controlled fully automatically or with a smartphone, tablet and voice assistant.

In this article

  • Smart Home – Home control via Smartphone
  • More comfort with Smart Home
  • Saving energy with a smart home
  • Advantage of Smart Home: increased security
  • Smart Home: the installation
  • Disadvantage: Standard variety of today’s smart home solutions
  • What happens to my data from the Smart Home?

Smarthome – home control via Smartphone

Anyone who thinks of the term “smart home” as the famous, self-shopping refrigerator with Internet access is wrong. It is far from being available for purchase.

Nevertheless, even in the smart home, it is various technical aids such as sensors, controlled motors or cameras that provide more comfort or help in the home. Whether smart home solutions for lighting, doors and windows or heating – the area of application can always be limited to the three areas of comfort, energy saving and security. And don’t worry about cool technology: many people already have radio sockets, smoke detectors or dimmers in their homes without being disturbed. The only new thing is that the devices are now networked with each other. This means, for example, that the washing machine keeps in contact with the mobile phone by radio and automatically sends a message when the laundry is finished or there is a fault.

The manufacturers of the various systems also attach great importance to the fact that you can set up a smart home system within a few minutes without further help or technical knowledge. However, what many systems require is a current smartphone or tablet PC. After all, many smart homes today are controlled simply and intuitively via app. Alternatively, voice assistants à la Alexa or Google Nest can be integrated into the systems. Then the house literally listens to the word thanks to voice control.

Smarthome – that’s part of it:

From wireless sockets and window sensors to water detectors and LED lights – the basis is formed by intelligent, networked devices and sensors in the home.

Smart Home: the installation

– Disadvantage: Standard variety of today’s smart home solutions
– What happens to my data from the Smart Home?

Smarthome – home control via Smartphone

Anyone who thinks of the term “smart home” as the famous, self-shopping refrigerator with Internet access is wrong. It is far from being available for purchase.

Nevertheless, even in the smart home, it is various technical aids such as sensors, controlled motors or cameras that provide more comfort or help in the home. Whether smart home solutions for lighting, doors and windows or heating – the area of application can always be limited to the three areas of comfort, energy saving and security. And don’t worry about cool technology: many people already have radio sockets, smoke detectors or dimmers in their homes without being disturbed. The only new thing is that the devices are now networked with each other. This means, for example, that the washing machine keeps in contact with the mobile phone by radio and automatically sends a message when the laundry is finished or there is a fault.

The manufacturers of the various systems also attach great importance to the fact that you can set up a smart home system within a few minutes without further help or technical knowledge. However, what many systems require is a current smartphone or tablet PC. After all, many smart homes today are controlled simply and intuitively via app. Alternatively, voice assistants à la Alexa or Google Nest can be integrated into the systems. Then the house literally listens to the word thanks to voice control.

Smarthome – that’s part of it

From wireless sockets and window sensors to water detectors and LED lights – the basis is formed by intelligent, networked devices and sensors
Often one central unit coordinates all modules
Powerful software enables time control and individual scenarios
Connection to the Internet via WLAN or data line
Tablet PC, Smartphone or voice assistant for control

More comfort with Smarthome

Individual lighting moods automatically according to the time of day, a perfectly tempered house or shutters that roll down when the TV is switched on. One of the most pleasant effects of a smart home is the gain in comfort. Many things can be conveniently controlled from the sofa using a mobile phone display or tablet.

In addition to direct control, time sequences can also be set up using the associated programs. For example, the awning retracts automatically at sunset, the heating for cozy warm rooms is raised shortly before closing time or front doors or garage doors open by themselves – without having to search for a key.
Everything in view: Smart Home App from Coqon Coqon

Everything in view: Thanks to various sensors and the connected software, all conditions in the house, from light to blinds, are quickly checked.

Things get really interesting when the individual intelligent elements such as radio sockets, shutter motors and app-controlled LED lights are linked together by software. In this way, individual scenarios can be set. For example, the windows can be darkened, the light dimmed and the room temperature raised at the touch of a finger for home cinema evenings. Or on hot days the lawn sprinkler starts automatically thanks to heat sensors, extends the awn awning and starts the air conditioning or fan in the interior. A house that adapts to the needs of its inhabitants in this way is then really smart.

Saving energy with a smart home

In addition to comfort, energy saving is one of the top priorities for a smart home. Not only that, thanks to the connection to the smartphone, you can find out about the power consumption of all devices at any time. Owners of a photovoltaic system can also see how much electricity is being produced in parallel on the roof. At the touch of a fingertip, even the most powerful consumers can be displayed individually or all devices can be displayed at once.

What happens to my data from the Smart Home?

The desire for data security and data protection is particularly great in Germany – and many manufacturers have responded to this. When sensitive data leaves home via the Internet to be stored in a cloud – an online storage facility – it is usually encrypted in a complex way, sometimes even to the standard of Internet banking. Many companies use their own servers in Germany or have themselves regularly tested for data security. However, a residual uncertainty before hacker attacks remains – even if such cases are very rare. Nevertheless, one should always inform oneself about how the selected provider handles it in detail.

 

What system worlds are there for smart home products?

Make your home smarter and navigate all smart home devices in one app.

Want to control multiple smart home products with just one app? Then you should choose a system world to keep track of everything! You can also connect compatible devices from different manufacturers in a System World.
What is a system world?

A system world is a network of compatible, multi-vendor smart home products controlled by a single user interface. Especially in the field of Smart Home, not every manufacturer lives in his own (system) world anymore. What does that mean exactly? Very simple: You can set up and control all compatible devices with a single app. And: You can connect and control every product within the system world.

How do I use a system world?

An app connects compatible smart home products together. This allows you to control all devices with your smartphone on one interface and set automated routines. You can set your heating to turn off when you open your window or turn on the light when you enter a room. You can also link these routines to your security system, so the alarm will go off when the glass breakage sensor reports.
How exactly does it work?

To create your own system world for smart home products, you must first download the appropriate app to your smart phone or tablet. All compatible Smart Home products can then be added to their user interface. It is also possible to control the system world from more than one device.
What is required to set up a system world?

In order to include all smart home devices in a system world, all these devices must be compatible for a specific system world. You also need a smartphone or tablet with the appropriate app.

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