Smart Home: connected home

At a glance

Smart Home is the Internet of Things for the home environment. Various devices and sensors work together to make everyday life more comfortable and easier. There are many possible scenarios, ranging from automatic lighting to suit the time of day to specific routines at bedtime. An important criterion is that the devices involved can be controlled independently of their location within the house, e.g. via smartphone or tablet. The devices use wireless technologies such as W-Lan or Bluetooth to communicate with each other and exchange information via the Internet. Besides, they can not only send data, but also receive information.

Examples of Smart Home in everyday life

In everyday life, smart devices take on tasks which, due to their recurring nature, can for the most part or completely run automatically or which generally make life more comfortable.

Intelligent heating control
Heating control systems that can be set to a fixed or time-dependent target temperature have been around for a long time. An intelligent heating control system offers additional functions, e.g. weather-dependent control of the heating system: weather data from the Internet are integrated into the heating control system so that, for example, less heating is provided in sunny weather than in cloudy skies. Such systems can often also detect whether the house is currently being ventilated or whether all residents have left the house, and thus determine, for example, that the heating should be switched off temporarily despite presetting in order to save energy. In short, intelligent heating control ensures that the desired temperature is reached and maintained automatically, efficiently and without human intervention. In addition, the systems can usually also be controlled while on the move, e.g. to preheat certain rooms on the way home or to call up the status in general.

Smart Refrigerator
A common problem when shopping for food: What else do I have in the fridge at home? A smart fridge could answer this question quickly - or make it possible to take a look in the fridge at home while on the go. Integrated cameras photograph the contents of the fridge and send the pictures to the owner's smartphone. Depending on the model, sensors on the refrigerator also send information via smartphone if the doors are not properly closed. Other models offer a large display on the front, which can be used for various apps; among other things, food can be ordered via the display. Some models also allow you to regulate the interior temperature from anywhere using a smartphone, for example to bring the wine to the perfect temperature before dinner or to prepare the fridge for a particular food.