The home automation is a niche market in this stage and yet a customer has a range of choices from affordable systems starting at INR 5000 thousand to more than INR 4 lakhs for automating the entire house. However, customers must be wary of choosing a product based on its price alone. Weighing in multiple criteria, a solid home automation system at a spend of INR 1–1.5 lakhs is worth the investment.
One of the most overlooked factors in a home automation is the simplicity of the product — not only in terms of the user experience but also in terms of the installation process. An easy-to-install home automation product is not only a reflection of the customer-centric design principles used but also a practical consideration for the customer when the system needs to be refitted to one’s new house, if ever.
- IR control
A good home automation system not only controls devices but also integrates as many appliances as possible. One of the problems of home automation products manufactured by named appliance brands is that it is only compatible with the brand’s devices and you cannot integrate other manufacturers’ products. To develop a way around this problem companies are using new technologies to great effect and one such example has been the use of Infrared (IR) blasters in the system. IR controls lets you control multiple appliances which respond to IR signals — which include almost all remote-controlled devices.
- A Human Touch
With increasing complexity in the behind-the-scenes technology, there’s a risk that the system itself becomes increasingly difficult to use with devices. A good home automation system must therefore be as easy to use as possible. Most home automation systems have their own mobile apps. Opt for a system that doesn’t have multiple apps to control different things i.e. all the controls and features should be within a single app that is both user friendly and easy to use.
- Data Security
With major breakthrough in communication protocols and wireless technologies, Internet of Things (IoT) surely offers some great opportunity in home automation, but one of the major concerns since the dawn of IoT has been integrity of the system when attacked by the hackers. Recently Wired covered a story about security breach, it surely shocked the world and reminded us of the dangers of hyper-connectivity. A good parameter for choosing a secure home automation system should not only be the external security measures (CCTV, IP Camera, Video Door Phone/Bell), but also the internal security measures a system provides considering the threats from hackers also. Watch out for the grade of encryption protocols used to keep your data safe.
One of the most common reasons for not adopting home automation solutions is that people don’t own apartments, they rent them and then keep shifting as tenants. So how would they shift/move their automation systems? However, even if you are a tenant, installing a home automation system should no longer be a problem, as long as the manufacturer offers a flexible and easy to understand refitting/ re-installation policy. Thus, your home automation solution moves with you to your new place, just as any of your furniture.
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