Following on from our article Virtual Assistants and Smart Speakers, at North London IT Support we are exploring the notion of smart homes and smart offices. It looks like these technologies are here to stay so it is time to embrace the internet-of-things as it is often called.
What are Smart Homes?
Smart homes are connected homes. They control electronic devices in your home using modern automation systems.
There are now companies that are dedicated to turning your abode into a smart one, such as Finite Solutions. You can control your lighting, heating, entertainment and security systems all at the touch of a button.
It’s a huge market and you can either work with a luxury specialist or have a go yourself – Screwfix supply all the kit such as smart lightbulbs, smart switches and sockets.
There are lots of smart home apps (sometimes known as butlers) which can manage all the automation for you: Gideon (formerly Alfred the Butler) claims to be the only smart home app that can give you complete control of multiple smart devices from different brands. Postscapes has a comparison guide so you can pick the one which is most compatible with your devices.
How can you turn your Office into a Smart Office?
Many offices (like North London IT Support HQ) already have a smart speaker – we are often heard asking “Alexa what is the weather like?” So how will this technology be brought into an office, to make it smart?
Smart lighting devices such as ZigBee Light Link could ensure that offices cut down on energy costs or create different lighting moods (those who want full daylight mode vs those who like something a little softer).
Arguments over who is too hot or too cold will be a thing of the past – as sensors could control thermostats which would create personalised environments for workers.
According to BizTech, sensors could track room usage and make suggestions for room bookings.
How North London IT Support can help with your Smart Devices
Like all technologies, they can make life a lot easier if used cleverly, however there is always a risk they could be abused. For example Which recently “hacked” a smart home and found that 8 of the 15 devices were found to have security vulnerabilities. Both smart homes and smart offices can enhance security but can also be vulnerable to hackers. As always our advice is to always complete security updates, especially on the newest of devices, install antivirus and malware protection and not to use public Wi-Fi.
For more reassurance on keeping your smart office safe, please contact us on [email protected]