What specific features should a home automation system have?

Home automation was initially designed and developed with the goal of automating recurring and repetitive tasks in the home, such as opening and closing gates, doors, and roller shutters, controlling lights, and adjusting the heating. That was long before the age of smartphones and home automation 2.0. Today, the term “home automation” has evolved to include the concepts of smart homes and smart buildings.

What has changed? Devices are no longer there simply to be controlled. They can communicate with other devices, and it is now possible to develop smart scenarios to suit the lifestyles and usage habits of users and occupants.

Security, energy savings, and comfort: the three key areas of advancement in home automation

These three clear objectives have now merged into one. There is a synergy between them, enabling users to enjoy even greater comfort, all while using less energy and better protecting their security.

The goal is to control and optimize all parameters, including costs, for ever greater peace of mind in homes and buildings. Smart homes and buildings are so much more than mere objects connected to a central system. They interact with the user-occupant, adapt to meet each person’s specific needs, and can even anticipate their needs (for example, opening the gate when you turn up the street, set an appointment with a technician for boiler maintenance, and so on). A home automation system should be able to control all parts of the home and interact with residents through global, two-way, and intersystem communication. It serves as a link between the various facets of the home and its occupants.

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Openness, adaptability, and flexibility: the three key areas of technical development

For a home automation system to function optimally at all time, it is crucial that it remains open to the world. This means that it must be always possible to update the protocols, easy add new connected devices, and support equipment on the system in a variety of languages. In other words, a home automation system must have the ability to communicate with all the components in a home, at all times.

A multi-protocol system, like the one offered by Overkiz, with its smart gateways and controllers, is a powerful technical resource that is moving in this direction.

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The IoT infrastructure is an interface between the digital world and the human world, allowing digital technology to answer the needs of today’s people. If it lacks flexibility or adaptability, a home automation system becomes limited—or even obsolete—and can quickly turn into a boring gadget. But it has so much more potential! That’s why home automation solutions must be able to adapt to different protocols and various interfaces, particularly with voice recognition. This requires the ability to connect to any type of equipment, support a wide range of brands, services, and partners within the market, promote open APIs, and ensure system interoperability.

In short, a home automation solution should offer comfort, security, energy savings, and health to the home’s occupants. To achieve this, the tools connected to it must always be able to interact, regardless of their languages. It should also be flexible and support scenarios adapted to the uses of occupants.

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