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The Top 3 Home Automation Challenges to be Solved

The release date:2021/7/22 0:00:00



Home automation is more than a buzzword. It's a trend that is growing year after year. It is estimated that over 300 million households by 2023 will be wholly automated and intelligent. 

 

Everything new also takes time to master. The same is true for home automation. Despite having a long history of development (click here to read more about the History of Home Automation), building smart buildings still make many feel confused. 

 

We have listed here below the three main challenges that the future of home automation holds for us in the years to come. 

 

But first, what is the current stage of home automation?

 

 

The Current State of Smart Home Automation

The total number of connected devices worldwide is expected to reach 64 billion by 2025, up from about 10 billion in 2018. Smart devices include, but are not limited to, the following components:

Smart appliances (dryers, washers, refrigerators, etc.)

Smart home safety and security systems (sensors, monitors, cameras, and alarm systems)

Smart home energy equipment (smart thermostats and smart lighting)

 

The most obvious benefit to smart homes is convenience. More connected devices can handle more operations, including lighting and temperature control. At the same time, the resident is freed up to focus on other more important tasks. 

 

Read more: How to Get Started with Home Automation

 

Beyond this, smart home IoT devices can also help cut costs and save energy. For example, you could come back home to a cool apartment, where you did turn on the air conditioner only a few moments before you reached home. In this example, you'd lower your electric bill, reduce energy consumption, but also improve your home-owning experience. 

 

Of course, there are disadvantages, as well. Smart home devices are typically more expensive than their non-connected counterparts. For this reason, it is essential to ask for help from a professional smart home solution provider. This way, you can control the costs of making your home smarter while also achieving the best integration mix among your smart devices and home automation control systems. 

 

First Challenge: Confusion over what a smart home really is

Owning a digital assistant - like Google Home or Amazon Alexa - does not mean that your house is truly smart. Not even a smart thermostat or any smart device alone can be referred to as part of a home automation design. Instead, we can talk about "connected home" or "partial home automation" solutions. 

 

A truly smart home is a multi-component system requiring minimum management on the user's part. It is an ecosystem made of a series of smart devices communicating together through a smart home controller. 

 

A real smart home is capable of making decisions based on historical and real-time data. It can identify significant user actions, assess the probability events those actions might trigger, and issue relevant commands to other smart devices within the same network. 

 

An example? Let's imagine that Mary's woken up on a Sunday morning. Her first step out of bed triggers a light sensor, which communicates to the smart home controller that it's also time to turn open the curtains. The same controller is aware of the changes in her behavior; it also learns to predict them according to the specific time of the day and day to the week. 

 

Read more: 10 Smart Home Myths That Simply Aren’t True

 

Home automation technology is advancing at a speed that was unthinkable even a generation ago. However, the current level of AI development does not allow certain more efficient ways to automate a building. We're talking, for example, about neural networks to evaluate the factors driving a user's behavior as good as a human would do. 

 

Second challenge: Home automation technology connectivity shortcomings

Network connectivity is one of the most common challenges that smart device owners will encounter. It can be annoying and even seriously disruptive when your smart devices stop communicating together because of a network issue. 

 

A connected home solution should be available even if the Internet goes down. This challenge is relevant for home automation products relying heavily on the Cloud and the latest IoT technologies. When the Internet connection is not available or not stable, you can use your phone and other devices to control your smart home equipment 

 

IoT creates a more extensive network of devices: there are more than 3 billion mobile users globally and almost 8 billion IoT devices. The enormity of the network is both an advantage and a security risk. 

 

For instance, a user connecting his smart light with his app also provides information about his habits and current location. If not appropriately designed, home automation solutions can expose users to unintended compromises and risks. 

 

For this reason, it is essential to rely on smart home solutions providers with evidence of previous home automation experience and reliable technology. 

 

When we develop our customized home automation solutions, we always take extra precautions. We make sure that the controller, device data, and the Cloud are unhackable. We must never underestimate the risks that come with home automation. Only this way can we make sure you are left enjoying all the benefits that a smart home brings to you without having to worry about any possible security risks. 

 

 

Third challenge: Smart Home Market Segmentation

Imagine finding yourself in a group of people speaking different languages all at the same time. Sounds confusing, right? The same issue can appear when your smart home devices respond to different languages. 

 

When your devices are not communicating as they should, it also means that they are not fully integrated. This can mean that the smart thermostat is not responding or that the security camera is not connecting. 

 

This problem can affect all systems, from a smart assistant to a centrally-controlled heating system. It often occurs when homeowners or non-specialist home automation providers install smart devices themselves. You then end up having a smart home where several smart devices are incompatible with each other. 

 

Read more: How to Work with a Home Automation Professional in 5 Steps

 

This doesn't mean that you need to start with the bigger picture in mind. With home automation, you can start small and then add new smart devices as your confidence and familiarity grow. However, when you rely on a professional smart home solutions provider, you'll receive assistance on integrating your devices in a way that allows for future extra customization. 

 

Get in touch with us at HDL Automation or with our HDL partners if you're experiencing home automation problems involving sub-systems not integrating. Our specialists can track down the root cause of the problem and help you to resolve it. 

 

Conclusion

As with everything, it can be challenging to make sense of home automation, especially at the beginning. Ask a home automation specialist about developing a customized plan before installing your first device. 

 

This way, you can decrease the chances of incurring any of the three challenges mentioned above. 

 

At HDL Automation, we have over 30 years of experience in home automation. We can tailor for you a complete home automation solution that matches your exact plans, budget, and requirements.

 

Some providers take shortcuts that lead to home automation problems down the track. We don't. We craft complete solutions which are fully integrated and made to deliver long-lasting, reliable performance. Contact our HDL partners or us today!

 


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