Smart homes: What smart home systems and home automation make possible

Living in a smart home. Better security, efficiency, and comfort.

More security, more energy efficiency and more comfort – modern home automation promises all this. Smart home systems can be conveniently controlled while you're on the move. But when does a home count as smart and what can the smart home really do?

Smart throughout the day with a smart home

Imagine lying in bed in the morning. Your alarm clock goes off at 7:00 a.m. The blinds open, the light gently turns on and the aroma of coffee wafts into your room. You go to your bathroom, your favorite music can be heard automatically through the loudspeakers, and the water flows at a pleasant temperature from the faucet. Your coffee is also ready to drink, beckoning you with a frothy milky top. Just the way you like it. As soon as you go out the front door, the vacuum cleaner robot springs into life. On your way home you get a message from your fridge: You're out of milk. By the time you get home, the lawn has been mowed and the floor wiped clean by the mopping robot. Sounds like a distant fantasy? Well, smart homes are already making all this possible, and more.

The ten most important functions: What the smart home can already do today

Building automation offers applications in the areas of security, energy efficiency, and comfort. The graphic shows the key areas that can be automated in your house. Click on the objects in blue for more information on these individual functions.

How the smart home system works

The smart home works on the basis of networked and remote-controlled installations. The control center is the heart of the system. Depending on the provider, different alternatives are possible:

  • Networking in an open system takes place via one or more wireless networks such as WLAN or Bluetooth. The products can thus be selected independently of the manufacturer. But open systems are at greater risk of third parties gaining access to the data.
  • Closed systems use a manufacturer-specific wireless protocol. They can only connect components from the same manufacturer.Compared to WLAN, which consumes a lot of power, and Bluetooth, whose range is limited, wireless systems offer more reliable performance. Thanks to its encrypted communication, the risk of unauthorized access to the data can be reduced.
  • In the case of control centers that run via "bus systems," permanently installed lines transport the data. These therefore offer more protection and consume less energy.

We are ensuring every house we plan is prepared for the future applications of a smart home.

Corrado Palermo, Managing Director and Owner of Unica Architektur AG



The development of home automation

The smart home has experienced a boom in recent years. The digital home is increasingly establishing itself as the standard, especially in the area of security. Control via voice commands or hand signals is also becoming ever more important. Voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa can be linked via the internet to the smart home's systems and installations.

In the US, the trend is going even further: Not only is your coffee automatically brewed at 7:00 a.m. sharp, but in the future your fridge will order in fresh supplies of milk all by itself. That's because the intelligent home thinks ahead: As soon as a storm alert is given, the windows will be closed and the blinds lowered, fully automatically, so you don't need not to worry about a thing.

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