Ever since the foundation of the ubiquitous computer, the concept of ambient and smart technologies has fueled intense work in areas such as mobile applications, engineering, and computer science. Today’s language of technology is massively impacted by the notion of ‘smart’: smart-phones, smart-watches, smart-grids, and finally, smart homes.
Despite the fact that the last decade has seen an increase in properties with embedded smart home technology, connectivity in home devices (e.g. utility meters, sensors, advanced lighting systems, security cameras, TVs, etc.) continues to be regarded as a high-end novelty. But as we move into the future, this notion will be rendered obsolete. Analysts predict that the house of the future will contain over 15 connected devices, ranging from vehicle charging infrastructure to solar panels and motion sensors.
Even though we are just beginning to understand the possibilities of smart homes, it’s not too early that we take the concept to the next level.
Among the main topics to be discussed at the Light + Building Trade Fair, this year, are Smart Homes and Smart Powered Buildings.
“In view of the increasing worldwide demand for energy and the climate-protection objectives, it is important that the energy-saving potential of buildings be exploited to the full. An important prerequisite for this is interaction between energy supply and the intelligent building.” Source: Light + Building
Numerous exhibitors present their latest solutions in areas such as advanced lighting systems, digitized systems, security systems, and smart home automation solutions and discuss their applicability in luxury residential housing and the hospitality sector. It has already been demonstrated that the concept can be deployed on a large scale.
Many hotel owners such as Starwood, Hilton and Wyndham, who understand the importance of sustainable development, are already pioneering with controlled lighting solutions, audio-visual software and automated security systems. The next step for them is to bring all these application under one roof, through automation.
Mobile connectivity will play a crucial role in the deployment of ‘smart’ technologies on a larger scale, as they will be the ones to support remote device monitoring, data management, and firmware updating for larger constructions.
Examples of Hotels that are Already Using Smart Technology:
- Starwood Embraces Technology with Dozens of New Amenities
- Enabling Smart Room Technology for the Ultimate Hotel Experience
- America’s 10 Highest-tech Hotels
- Smart Hotel Guest Room Management System
Smart Home Technology: What’s Available?
Understanding what is available in the smart home market will help project owners consider a breadth of possibilities when deploying the technology to larger commercial developments whether they are luxury hotels and resorts or high-end residences.
A smart home uses electronic networking technology to integrate multiple appliances, devices, and building environment systems, making it possible for them to be controlled centrally, or remotely, by a single application.