The use of IoT (Internet of Things) devices will become ubiquitous in homes over the next 5-10 years, as the price of sensors is decreasing and new applications are developed. Home will become a critical information provider and a command center, managed by IoT system. Following are the top trends where IoT innovation is occurring most dramatically:
Home energy-management services have been able to connect to daily weather forecasts. This allows automatic regulation of indoor temperature, lighting, blinds, and sprinkler systems, which enhances power and water conservation. New products, introduced to the market place, fit inside electrical panels and monitor power consumption of appliances and rooms proving a valuable insight for energy-management. These technologies are able to send push notifications to smart phones whenever energy thresholds are exceeded.
Biometrics, such as voice and optical recognition, implemented in indoor and outdoor security cameras, video doorbells, and smart locks, can now enable you to monitor and control your home security remotely. Geofencing technology, which arms and disarms the house, is already available. Other security systems, that detect resident’s movement patterns and mimic them while a house is empty, will be soon released into the market.
More attention is being paid to in-home medical monitoring systems that connect seniors with their families, neighbors and emergency responders. IoT sensors are already being used to detect accidents, open and close windows, measure air quality and monitor refrigerator temperatures. Once IoT’s potential is fully realized, the technology will permit seniors to retain their independence longer, without the necessity for intervention from their families.
Most of current smart-home technologies are controlled by users’ preferences and habits. Artificial intelligence incorporated into IoT systems, will be able to observe homeowner’s behavior, identify trends, and launch automatic commands on the owner’s behalf. Home intelligence will study your preferences and habits, such as climate comfort, lighting, shower temperature and more. The interactive home will also provide updates and advice about upcoming snowstorms or heat waves.
Preventative and Predictive Maintenance.
Soon enough homes will notify owners of impending plumbing leaks, appliance failures and electrical issues to prevent urgent maintenances. IoT systems, there will be able to contact contractors in case of emergencies. In other words, your plumber will be contacting you instead of the other way around.
Some home insurance companies have already incorporated smart sensors to reduce risks and provide lower rates to customers, who are willing to install preventative systems. IoT home systems, supported by insurance companies, general contractors, home maintenance and security firms, will soon become more involved in managing homes and assuring owner’s safety.