Smartening up your home is going mainstream. And this hi-tech area is supposed to simplify and improve our lives in a matter of minutes. Everybody’s home is about to get smarter, no matter what. We, potential users, expect all these devices to think and fix the new level of comfort, safety and entertainment quality for us.
For a majority of people, the smart home concept looks a bit complicated - too many options; gadgets tend to be too smart and much time required to set them up. That’s not what a common man hopes for, I’m afraid.
This paper is going to outline current situation and trends in Smart Home integration market, spell out challenges Home Automation companies face when offering technology to potential clients and finally, will demonstrate benefits of a decision to develop a smart home automation app. It’s also going to break inevitably up a hefty myth of hi-tech home being too complicated to deal with instead of simplifying and enhancing life.
All things Brainy Home
For your potential clients, smart home technology is all about order, safety, automation, control and most importantly, simplicity.
The idea is quite sophisticated - usually implemented as a system of a switch, sensor and security units together with a controlling wall-mounted console. It covers most of the gadgets in the house: all good things like doors, windows, lights, bells, water heaters, clocks, thermostats, ventilation and all kitchen devices, etc.
Other than that, there are a lot of smart devices, which are handled independently in various ways like a web interface, gateways or else.
But again, let me emphasize that - Smart House for a common man like myself is potentially my simplified and improved living. I don’t really want to spend hours on configuring plenty of things and keeping checking if I switched off heaters or closed garage through devided tools.
As mobile invades all spheres of our lives and people get more and more engaged with their mobile devices, we get used to reaching and working out most tasks on the smartphone within a couple of clicks. Also considering that there are yet no reliable unified technologies of incorporating home control science (still a huge number of implementations), smart home app development company comes to simplify and automize the system within. Not to mention competition in home automation sector increases as demand among consumers escalates:
User challenges when integrating Smart Home
The current curve of Smart Home app development and penetration into everyday life can be marked as infancy - with a huge number of options of how to smart up a home.
Let me proclaim one thing - there is a couple of deciding obstacles users meet trying to implement “Smart Home” and this stops a lot of people from diving into this cutting-edge venture:
- no common platform - currently everybody who’s interested in latest technologies and would like to “go smart” requires a lot of time and enthusiasm to choose a system and then make it work. Not to mention, there are so many remote controls, switches, and consoles around the house - am I expected to remember to configure it all right? That’s too confusing;
- study how to use your “new” home - if I wanna own a smart house, I need to go through a bunch of “how-to” to be able to manage it and adapt to these innovations. And I’m not really sure that I have enough time for that, why it’s so complicated? Isn’t this technology about simplifying life for me?
This graph shows a significant influence of how people recognize “Home Automation” nowadays. Technology-savvy part of the globe is already implementing “Smart Home” elements, but there is 85% more of a blank marketplace to be fulfilled. By your simplified and user-friendly smart home system. The idea to build a smart home app is an amazingly obvious and easy solution for controlling full house altogether.
And it sounds absolutely effortless as users actually see Smart Homes!
Look out for Smart Home Control app
What’s the difference between a web interface, control panel or application, after all, you say, if you’re getting the next level of security, comfort, and resources?
Here is why:
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And one cherry on top - 90% of time spent on mobiles goes actually to mobile applications.
The thing is that invisible, but well-tailored improvements - this is what helps you leg up on competition. Not to neglect all these little things, let me outline all range of benefits you’ll get after develop a mobile app for smart home system:
- 1. Computer challenged part of a population is yours - remember those who get shaking just from checking their e-mails on the web. The simple one-tap operation of the full system will make easy and quick to get to use out of full Smart Home. It means that a huge stack of potential clients will be much more open to your offer and product;
- 2. Centralization is everything - a single platform seems to be a dominant concern and here is yours - all in one place control app gives opportunity to check everything being even far away from actual home is your game-changing benefit;
- 3. Updates, updates - new features spring up like mushrooms overnight, and I’ll need to renew my single platform to enable all available improvements at once - saves time and makes sure I’m always on the edge;
- 4. IoT in action - connected to one system, all devices are able to communicate with each other and ensure smooth and close-knit performance;
- 5. Combinations are endless - this integral connectivity amongst devices allows to set various modes, options and relations in between and customize it non-stop;
- 6. Staying informed - average user interacts with about 10 to 20 mobile apps daily, and one single “Smart Home” app interface and alerts will help not to get totally confused;
- 7. One remote control, not tens of them - this is one enormous benefit for all mobile apps included one for smart home control - I have access and control over my house while being on the go. Car, boat, airplane, even remote island - enjoy!
Vital features for your Smart Home Control application
Mobile app which aims at controlling a range of other devices and applications might have a lot of very diverse features. But there are a couple of crucial ones, which build a skeleton of an entire engine:
- Remote access to all integrated gadgets - this is basically a feature, which makes all application. I can operate any device from within my smartphone - switch off a lamp or close the garage doors in a matter of clicks. Similar access to computers feature, but for corporate docs turnover, was successfully implemented by our team in a SkimDoc application:
- the wide net of settings/configurations/modes - just like any other personal profile, this one needs, even more, customization opportunities for tuning all possible options for personal convenience. For our clients we develop one-of-a-kind settings logics, implement and test it narrowly for the sake of an absolute customer satisfaction:
- connectivity within all devices - any custom configuration won’t be possible if devices are not talking to each other. If you want your morning coffee right from the bed, then make sure your smart mattress will send notification to a coffee machine when you’re up;
- push notifications - yes, of course, how will you know that TV is left on after you leave other than receiving a notice. This is also a major tool for mobile marketing strategy, which will keep your consumers updated with some add-on products or services you want to up-sale.
Once you know what functionality to expect from your application, you can get a prototype and smart home app development cost for your particular idea - that’s a very convenient way to visualize the whole system and calculate cost and profits for future.
Putting it all together
To nail down the whole idea of the article let me just say it out loud - to invade a worldwide market instead of a separate niche our essential recommendation would be - to go simple! And no need to worry about terms “smart” and “simple” to go a bit apart in their basic definitions.
What we suggest is to simplify usage of all these smart goodies as much as possible and people will end up loving how little it takes them to use latest technologies. And that’s what you want after all, right?