What Is the Process of Home Automation?
Home automation works through a network of devices that are linked to the Internet via various communication protocols, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, and others. The devices can be managed remotely via electronic interfaces via controllers, either a voice assistant like Alexa or Google Assistant or an app. Many of these IoT devices include sensors that detect changes in motion, temperature, and light, allowing the user to learn more about the device’s surroundings. The user triggers actuators, which are physical mechanisms such as light switches, motorised valves, or motors that allow devices to be controlled remotely, to make physical changes to the device.
There are three levels of home automation:
Monitoring: refers to the ability for users to remotely check in on their devices via an app. Someone, for example, could view their live feed from a smart security camera.
Control: means that the user can remotely control these devices, such as panning a security camera to see more of a living space.
Automation: entails configuring devices to trigger one another, such as having a smart siren sound whenever an armed security camera detects motion.
Control via remote
The hallmark of home automation is remote control, which can be accomplished via a mobile application or a voice assistant.
Mobile App: The mobile app allows users to control their devices in real time, such as turning off outdoor lights or opening the garage door for a neighbour. Users can also set schedules, create scenes, groups of IoT devices, and customise device settings, such as having your living room lights set to the perfect shade of blue, through the app. The majority of the IoT devices we’ve reviewed have Android and iOS apps, making them compatible with the vast majority of mobile devices and tablets.
Google Assistant: As the name suggests, Google Assistant is Google’s voice assistant. Despite having fewer “skills” or “actions” than Alexa, Google Assistant has been shown to be the most accurate voice assistant in terms of understanding and answering queries correctly.
Alexa: is Amazon’s virtual assistant. Alexa is the voice assistant that appears in the greatest number of smart home devices. Otohom offers Alexa home automation, which allows you to control your home using the Alexa voice assistant.
Siri: Siri is Apple’s voice assistant that is built into the iPhone. In contrast to home automation devices, where Alexa and Google Assistant reign supreme, Siri, the voice assistant, is primarily used on iPhones and iPads.
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