5 tips for transforming homes into smart devices
To live in a truly smart home, homeowners shouldn’t have to wait until after they move in to integrate technology. Instead, the house itself should be treated as a smart device from the start.
Homebuyers today merely have access to incremental smart home technology, which can only be achieved through their own sourcing, installation and integration into the home. This provides a tremendous opportunity for builders to recognize the growing demand for smart home features and meet those demands during the building process.
With that in mind, here are the five tips builders and prospective homeowners with integral roles in the construction process should consider when creating smart homes.
Forget aftermarket products. It’s essential to have home IoT connective technology built in during construction. By doing so, builders and homeowners can interconnect technology that doesn’t rely on services to be turned on, hardware to be installed or internet service set up. Integrating technology during construction allows the house to be marketed as a smart home and enables homeowners to avoid additional costs and work to include such solutions after moving in.
Store IoT data locally. A smart home with built-in, interconnective IoT technology can easily integrate more than 100 devices. If the technology runs on the cloud, the monthly data charge can easily exceed $500 per month. No consumer will be willing to pay those exorbitant costs. To build a pre-connected smart house, all smart behavior needs to run locally to minimize data usage.
Bundle smart features. Building in IoT features can transform a home into a truly smart device. This can be accomplished through technology that communicates with every one of the home’s smart technology features and devices, serving as the Wi-Fi router and mesh network for its smart technology. This makes the home more efficient and keeps data costs down.
Capitalize on narrowband technology.Narrowband (NB-Iot) is a specific, low-frequency technology that can be accessed directly from cell phone towers and used to help smart home products communicate without relying on internet access. This means that the home will function as its own connected smart device upon purchase, without having to rely on acquiring additional equipment and getting the internet set up and running to make things work and connect.
Built-in NB-IoT technology provides homebuyers with stronger resale value, should they choose to sell, as they will be able to more easily market the home.
Go green. With the home constructed as an effective smart device, lights and air temperature can be managed while outside the home, creating a future-focused, energy efficient neighborhood. Homebuilders can build a centralized-hub to manage all of the property’s products that rely on the energy grid, making it easier to be budget and earth-friendly with one all-encompassing smart device — the home.
By Max C. Li, co-founder, presidentandCEO of Tri Cascade Inc., a narrowband-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) smart neighborhood technology company dedicated to developing convergent smart home technologies and products to reduce energy costs and empower end-users for smarter and safer living.