If you have bought or constructed a new home for yourself, then this could be the best time to invest in Home Automation and IoT-driven smart solutions as this trend is on an upward surge in India this year and catching up pace with the rest of the world. In fact, smart solutions backed by IoT have become the order of the day in prominent office spaces across the country. Experts are of the opinion that investing in smart home/automation solutions is not as expensive as it used to be an year ago.
Smart Homes driven by IoT are ‘practically’ practical in India in 2017
A major application area, and a primary advantage of deploying IoT-driven Smart Home solutions at personal spaces, is the fact that these results in major energy savings that directly translates into profits for home owners.
This is achieved through effective monitoring of the various home appliances. However, these activities require micromanagement at various levels; these are traditionally considered ‘tedious’ and ‘time consuming’ by home owners and tend to get neglected. IoT would mitigate these aspects. IoT solution providers have infused better micromanagement capabilities within smart sensors which is an USP for the present scenario.
“We might need fans to work when we are in the room, and most of the time this is not the case. They are continuously running even there is no need for it. In the initial stages, no one cannot micromanage. As we are in the phase of IOTs which are viable these days for any home, we can assign these micromanagement tasks to smart sensors”, states Bastin Robins, Chief Data Scientist at Bangalore-based Hash Research Labs.
Adding that touch of smartness to our homes
IoT experts advise home owners to invest on technology like Machine Learning and Deep Learning. These techniques store data customised based on users’ preferences/previous usage, and then use this information dynamically to drive devices.
You can Design Smart Homes yourself – Join the DIY movement this year
The Do It Yourself (DIY) concept has intensively penetrated the Indian segment and has also spread to the Home Automation level. It is now easy to deploy smart sensors using easily available low-cost elements such as Single Board Computers (SBCs), embedded sensors, Raspberry Pi, Banana PI, UDOO, and Light Microcontrollers such as Arduino.
“A new DIY movement has come up in India which has resulted in both the young and elderly enthusiasts getting hooked to smart devices in their primary habitat to observe and solve problems that until now were considered unsolvable.“, states Ganesh Prasad Kumble who is President and CEO at Metagan Technologies; an IoT enterprise that focuses on developing IoT-exclusive end-to-end connected solutions for large organisations, SMEs, and modern consumers.
According to Ganesh, most of the Smart Home solutions in India are made to mitigate issues revolving around comfort, security, health, and wellness. Do remember that India was identified, not too long ago, as being weak in these micro-sectors (at a personal level).
Construct a Smart Home from the brick-and-mortar level itself
IoT technology experts recommend home owners to implement smart solutions from the brick-and-mortar level itself; rather than deploy these after the actual construction of homes.
“At the construction level, it requires thorough planning to introduce concepts of smart homes and automation. Homes could be fitted with IoT-driven aspects such as smart meters, sensors and switches; these elements offer more than just energy savings, and extend to smart monitoring of the entire home.”, advises Ankit Taparia; Co-Founder of Gurugram-based IoT Platforms company Teramatrix Technologies.
“However, one key element worth remembering here is that it is best to use different Smart Home elements from a single original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to alleviate the interoperability challenge”, adds Ankit.