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The Internet of “Things” and Your Smart Home

If you have a smart home, you’re smack in the middle of the Internet of Things. That’s an evolving term for a concept that encompasses more than just smart products. The Internet of Things also describes new concepts like wearables, automotive technology, and an overarching use of the Cloud.

The Internet of Things is In Your Connected Home

Any network of physical objects—devices, vehicles, buildings and other items which are connected in a network—is part of the Internet of Things.

One of the first uses of the term “The Internet of Things” was to describe home connectivity way back in 2009. Communication between your desktop computer and mobile devices is an example. That goes a step farther when you can control your heating and air conditioning, lighting, and security, all from your PC or phone.

Your smart locks, streaming music, and programmable thermostat in your smart home put you in the middle of the Internet of Things. Even if you haven’t installed much connectivity yet, you likely have more technology that qualifies as the Internet of Things than you think, such as:

  • Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide sensors

  • Automated lighting

  • FitBits

  • Pet microchips

  • Hubs, such as wireless routers

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What’s New in the Internet of Things?

New products come on the market so quickly, it’s hard to use the term ”new” in the Internet of Things. Driverless cars, wearables like Google Glass and fitness monitors, and network storage devices that leverage the cloud are among the products that embrace new, connected technology.

In the smart home, high-tech appliances and central command centers controlled remotely are part of the Internet of Things. Estimates of connected devices in the average home range from eight to 40 and up.

Common connected home systems may control lighting, appliances, locks, garage doors, pool systems, blinds, heating and air conditioning, and surveillance. And predictions are that our technology will become ever more in tune with us. Our smart cars may tell our smart homes that we’re heading home from work, and it’s time to warm up the house. If we’re feeling stressed, pleasant music may be playing when we arrive.

Perhaps our Fitbit will check our refrigerator and suggest a meal for the evening. And our car can be started and warm when it’s time to leave in the morning. Our pajamas may let the air conditioner know when we’re too warm, even if we’re asleep.

Connected Home is ready to help you with the latest technology in the Internet of Things. We work with “smart home” products every day and keep up with the fast-paced market in new technology, so we can share with you the newest, best products at a very affordable price. And we install products in both new and existing homes.

Call Connected Home today at (910) 317-0876 to find out where you stand and where you’re going in the Internet of Things!

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