Automate your lifestyle with smart homes

Sanjay Gupta, VP and country manager of NXP India, says we must be remembering how robotic household helps and appliances activated by speech recognition used to be in the smart home of The Jetsons, one of America’s favourite space age shows. Well, the Jetson’s smart home is hovering ever closer to reality as we see the emergence of new-age solutions like smart gateways, smart lighting and smart access. But what is ‘smart’ after all?

Before we proceed further on ‘smart’ home automation, we need to understand the present landscape better. Home automation is not a new phenomenon and has surrounded us for few decades. Rather, it has been engraved in our lives for many basic needs. If we look around, there are ample instances pertaining to home automation, like air conditioning, washing machines, microwave ovens etc.

However, with the advent of The Internet of Things (IoT), home automation has opened up to a plethora of possibilities. In this era, homes are more connected and secured, enabled by technologies that ensure ease of use.

IoT is an amalgam of multiple technology interfaces that work together to ensure reduction in human efforts for conducting everyday tasks.

The year, 2016, has witnessed ‘IoT’ breaking the conversation barriers and being shaped up in reality around us. Newer players are coming up with innovative technologies and making our homes compatible to our connected handheld devices – anytime, anywhere, and effortlessly.

Automated homes are multiple combination of technologies in order to enable the advanced IoT attributes. This includes wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC. Modern home appliances embed such features as per consumers’ requirements. Efficient and Smart Homes are the outcome of complex technologies, but simple interface, that sync with components like microcontrollers, sensors and special fixtures, hence become more automated and programmable

With consumers being pampered with options of multiple machines, there is a need for one stop shop that controls all their devices remotely. For example, if someone installs sensors around his house and also, in his car, then both can access seamless flow of information. In a hypothetical scenario, if the person is expected to reach home in 5 minutes, his smart car, synced with his smart home, sends a notification to his home of his arrival. It is purely based on analytics. Accordingly, the command will activate other smart devices at his home – like switching on the air conditioner, unlocking main door or any other command that he may have synced with his smart home control.

Though this technology was perceived more as a luxury but due to increase in adoption, the ecosystem has witnessed a trickledown effect. According to a recent report by Nasscom, Indian Internet of Things (IoT) market is set to grow to $15 billion by 2020 from the current $5.6 billion. Consumer IoT products covers the 40 percent of the market, and the demand is continuously increasing. This reiterates the growing adoption of IoT in the Indian landscape.

The demand is increasing gradually with growing adoption and awareness. This space holds the key to the next era of innovation in home automation and will soon change the way people spend time at home. With IoT being leveraged at a micro level such as smart homes, the nation is all set to enter into the macro picture of smart cities.

Sanjay Gupta, VP and country manager of NXP India

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