Technology has evolved over the years. From new ranges of smartphones to power-efficient laptops, all these allow users to connect with the Internet of Things. Decades ago, the concept of building a smart home was just a study or was part of an artificial intelligence experiment. Somehow, it is now a reality and has become popular in the modern world.
All over the world, there are individuals who invest in building a smart home. Meanwhile, others hesitate due to the cost and effectiveness of their need. In the Philippines, especially in Cagayan de Oro, a few home builders are starting to provide services for homeowners who want to have a smart home.
What is a smart home or eHOME?
It is an added feature of the house that involves artificial intelligence. It is controlled via an app or an added feature using a smartphone and tablet. This eHOME concept is a new product under the Internet of Things technology – an interconnection of electronics through the Internet of computing devices. This is embedded in any object or thing inside and outside of the house that you want to control.
What are the advantages or benefits of having a smart home?
There are good benefits and advantages of having a smart home. One of the advantages is that you are able to control your home when you are at work or while traveling. It gives you an additional level of security since an app can prompt you on any forms of vulnerabilities. This includes burglary or fire incidents since data will be sent to you if there is a security breach or an unusual change of temperature in your home.
You can also customize or choose which features that work best for you. Plus, it is easy to use using a single tap of an app which is installed on your smartphone or tablet.
Since a smart home has made all devices and parts of the house interconnected, specifically the air conditioning unit and lighting, you can send commands that can control your appliances with just a few clicks from your smartphone.
As with all things, there are also a few disadvantages that come along with a smart home. This is mostly applicable to homeowners who are less adept with technology. Although a smart home is easy to use, there is a small concern in learning the ropes since mastering the controls may take some time to get used to. This is understandable and can be fixed by providing comprehensive training and consistent practice through constant usage.
In addition, security can sometimes be vulnerable since a smart home is reliant on the Internet. Make sure to discuss with your internet provider regarding the security features and devices you can use to ensure your data is safe.
How reliable is a smart home?
The smart home function’s reliability depends on the type of Internet connection. Almost all devices integrated into the eHOME system are connected wirelessly and there will be incidents of interruptions especially when the connection is unstable. Despite this, there are ways to decrease the chance of the system not to malfunction. Clear your home of things that may cause wireless interruptions and subscribe to a wired Internet service such as a DSL or a fibre connection.
Is smart home available in the Philippines?
Smart homes are now made available especially to homeowners in the Philippines. It is even available in Cagayan de Oro City since SPM10 has now ventured into the concept of building houses by incorporating technology! It brings a new experience and defines “what customer experience is all about”. The product is called Experience Home or eHOMEs and has features that provide convenience to the home users by controlling the Internet of Things at home.
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