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Taking Home Automation To a Whole New Level

Taking Home Automation To a Whole New Level

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Once upon a time, that thermostat on the wall was only for adjusting the temperature. The blinds had to be drawn with a pull-chord. Those lights had to be turned on with a switch on the wall. And that security camera recorded to videotape. But today, these objects could be running through a home automation system, often controlled through a smart phone and enabled by your Internet service provider.

But these are just a few examples of how the Internet of Things and Wi-Fi enabled devices are changing our lifestyles. In fact, 37 billion smart products are expected on the market by 2020. A thermostat doesn’t just warm the house – it gives data on energy savings and turns off when it notices no one’s home. And that door lock? It gives peace of mind when you’re on vacation and you start to doubt whether you locked up the house before you left. And what about the lawn? The smart sprinkler controller lets you water your lawn remotely. No need to pay the teenager across the straight to maintain your yard. Or, hoping to get a head start on dinner before getting home? Wi-Fi enabled ovens make it possible to pre-heat the oven.

The future of the connected home is as dependent on innovative broadband and Wi-Fi solutions as it is on amazing devices and killer apps. Objects that make our lives easier, safer, more efficient and more fun are great, but without the freedom to thrive on a network that can support them, they’re not terribly useful. Not to mention the importance of making sure the network is secure, allowing all of this data to be shared and utilized without serious risk to personal information.

A research report by Markets and Markets cites that the global home automation and control market is expected to reach $12.81 billion by 2020. The growth in home automation – in the entire Internet of Things for that matter – is going to be the driving force behind the next generation Internet economy.

But it takes more than cool gadgets for the Internet of Things to develop. What else is needed?

  • High-speed networks capable of delivering mass amounts of data quickly and efficiently both inside the house and to devices far away.
  • Secure networks that offer peace of mind as private home data is shared and utilized.
  • Accessible Wi-Fi to deliver the wireless promise of an Internet everywhere lifestyle.
  • Integration ISP support to make sure all of your devices, present and future, will work perfectly over the Internet.

 

Home automation has the potential to improve and simplify our lives in many ways. And the Internet networks that are connecting our homes to our gadgets are the secret sauce of this success.

  • High-speed networks capable of delivering mass amounts of data quickly and efficiently both inside the house and to devices far away.
  • Secure networks that offer peace of mind as private home data is shared and utilized.
  • Accessible Wi-Fi to deliver the wireless promise of an Internet everywhere lifestyle.
  • Integration ISP support to make sure all of your devices, present and future, will work perfectly over the Internet.

  Home automation has the potential to improve and simplify our lives in many ways. And the Internet networks that are connecting our homes to our gadgets are the secret sauce of this success.