Twenty-first century homes will increasingly become more automated and self-controlled because of the conveniences these features provide. A Home Automation System (HAS) offers homeowners the capability to control electrical appliances, heating and cooling, security, access, and entertainment devices in their homes.
Wikipedia defines The Internet of Things (IoT) as “the network of physical devices, vehicles, buildings and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity that enable these objects to collect and exchange data.” How is this applicable to your everyday needs?
This could be your car sending a reminder that it needs servicing after passing 40,000 miles. This could be a wearable ECG monitor sending data about your heart to your doctor. This could be a sensor attached to your cat’s collar that will help you find her if she’s stuck up a tree. All these devices can communicate wirelessly over the Internet with smart phones, and so they are considered to be smart devices.