How Smart Home Works
The devices of the smart home are connected to each other and can be accessed through a central point (smartphone, tablet, laptop or game console). Appliances such as door locks, TVs, thermostats, home displays, cameras, lights and even refrigerators can all be controlled through a home automation system. The system is installed on a mobile device or other networked device, and users can create schedules to automate certain actions.
Smart appliances also have self-learning skills, so they can understand the homeowner's schedule and adjust it as needed. Smart homes with lighting control can allow homeowners to reduce electricity consumption and benefit from energy-related cost savings. Some home automation systems alert the homeowner if they detect any movement in the house while the homeowner is away, while others can call the relevant services (such as the police or fire department) in an emergency.
When connected, services such as smart doorbells, smart security systems, and smart devices will all become part of the Internet of Things (IoT), a network of physical objects that can collect and share electronic information.