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[Anandtech.com] Home Automation and the 'Internet of Things'
Home automation (hereafter referred to as HA) refers to the mechanization and automatic control of various residential activities. It typically provides for centralized control of electrical appliances (such as air conditioners, lighting and security systems and even the home theater). In addition to the comfort and convenience factor, energy efficiency also receives a boost.
The integration of various electrical devices in the household has been a challenge because of the absence of a cheap, open and standardized communication protocol between them. Due to this reason, HA systems have typically come with a hefty price tag and needed a professional CI (custom installer / integrator) to set up.
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The 'Internet of Things' has been a buzzword for an increasingly networked world where everything from the refrigerator to the lamp in the household would end up with an IP address. While this hasn't become a reality yet, we are slowly, but surely, moving towards this vision. Read on for our take on why we believe Wi-Fi is placed well towards becoming the next HA standard