Why are our cars still so much smarter than our so-called Smart Homes? Various analyst groups and industry prognosticators have been tossing out some very big numbers. According to these fortune tellers, within the next few years, there will be hundreds of millions, tens of billions, even trillions of smart homes connected by the IoT.
However, if you take a careful look at what is really happening – if you actually count up the number of homes that actually are “smart” – having intelligent systems installed within them that actually make our lives smarter, easier and safer, you will see that the number is actually pretty small. Why is this?
Because today’s – and tomorrow’s smart homes – are not very smart. In fact, most of them are still downright dumb.
This is because people are confusing “connected” with “smart”. Just because a house, its devices and its systems are connected to each other and to the Internet, enabling the home owner to monitor and maybe even control what is happening in the home from a smart phone, does not make the house smart.
To be smart, the smart house actually needs to have some intelligence of its own. It needs to be able to gather information from its network of sensors, review and analyse that data, and then take some kind of action – without a human in the loop to make the decisions for it. Sentrollers need to actually do something without waiting for us – their masters – to tell them what to do!
Download the whitepaper below from Cees Links, CEO of GreenPeak.