The concept of smart home is neither new nor static. It is an evolutionary idea that has been adapted to the times. Although it is true that its implementation continues to be for a sector with high purchasing power, the new connected house is a set of spaces that privileges connectivity and comfort. This thanks to the integration of security and entertainment systems, always providing control of all the technology that makes a house work.
But let's see some misconceptions that have permeated the collective imagination about the concept of smart homes:
1. They are just tricks. In effect there are gadgets whose usefulness is null and they are dazzling in their first use, but in short they stop being important for the inhabitants of the home. The issue is that you have to go beyond the "gadgets" to access equipment that offers comfort, energy savings and improve your life. The gadget you bought at Amazon will not.
2. They are too technical. Here is the heart of the matter. The operation of a smart home should be simple and intuitive and should be understood by children, adults and the elderly. To achieve this, it is possible that in the "back end" an important technical effort is required, which professional integrators must execute.
3. They are less secure. Actually we talk about tranquility and supervision, not so much about security. Remember that no intelligent security system for the home is infallible. It is important not to entrust or completely charge the security issue to electronic systems.
4. They have no privacy. It's a thorny issue, with which you have to be careful. It is necessary to know where cameras and microphones will be installed, since they can be susceptible to invasion or hacking. It is also true that every day there is more progress on this issue and there are very committed brands with data encryption.
5. With Amazon and Google enough. We must recognize that the giants of technology have been responsible for massifying the concept, but do not have the experience or engineering of dedicated brands such as Crestron and others that offer custom solutions to integrate all the subsystems of a house.
6. With WiFi is enough. It is very convenient to access services through WiFi, but in home automation, Ethernet cabling is still king. Only a wired infrastructure can ensure the reliability, security, speed and bandwidth needed to make all AV systems, entertainment, CCTV and security, lighting, access control, climate and air conditioning, leak control, risk by sprinkling and more, operate at all times in a correct manner.
7. Only geniuses can operate a smart home. If you can use a smartphone, then you can manage a smart home.
8. Robots are needed. If we think of robots humanoids automatons, let's make it clear: we are far from those fantasies. On the other hand, if we assume that we live with robots in our computers, that there are robots in the form of a vacuum cleaner or that high-end CCTV cameras offer a robotic movement, we will understand that robotics and mechatronics are present in our lives much more than we imagine .
9. It is futuristic. There is still someone who imagines a smart home as a house full of screens and controls like Tony Stark's room. Actually, automation systems are designed to be integrated into the decoration and design of your home.
10. It's not worth the investment. The implementation of smart systems offer an added value to housing, but beyond the economic issue a connected home provides comfort and control, things that improve your lifestyle, which is priceless.