The Technical State of Home Automation Today

By Dwight Spivey

Home automation technology has changed a great deal over the decades. Certain communication protocols used for home automation have been around for a long time and, unfortunately, some are getting rather long in the tooth. Others, though, have retained their popularity and are still in widespread use.

The way that home automation worked in whole-home solutions of the past was that a central controller was placed in the home, and the user controlled it through wall-mounted keypads and remote control boxes.

These days, whole-home solutions are much improved and incorporate Internet and network-based technologies to connect you to your home. You can also remotely control your home using smartphones and tablets. The operating systems are typically customized for their clients, though, as is everything in a whole-home system.

Modular Internet and network-based solutions that utilize apps and the web are taking the market by storm, due to affordability, convenience, and the capability to be added on to.

Another factor in their growth is that folks are familiar with their modes of usage. Lots and lots of people have smartphones and tablets today, and most of those devices are running on iOS or Android operating systems. The modular home automation solutions allow you to buy products that you interact with through other products (your smart devices and home network) that you’re already familiar with.

You know how to tap and swipe touchscreens, right? Most apps work the same, or at least similarly, to other apps, so the learning curve isn’t steep.