The Art of Smart

by Michael Buckner, Founder and SEO of Audio Intersection

How to Gain Control of All Your Gadgets Through Smart Home Automation

Industry data out there says that you, the average consumer, will be purchasing smart devices of some kind soon.  This could be a new thermostat, or a Wi-Fi light bulb.  This new category of gadgets is projected to grow from $500 million per year today, to $2 billion per year by 2017.  One thing they don’t mention is that with each of these new devices comes its own smartphone app to control it.  If you think having a bunch of remotes on your coffee table is bad, wait until you have 20 different apps to control your Alpharetta, Georgia home.  The solution? A smart home automation solution that brings it all together. 

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While the smart home trend seems new, I’ve been involved in it for over a decade.  Of course, this was before the iPhone, which was a total game changer, but the basics are the same; it is still the creation of a home that adapts to you and your habits.  This comes in the form of controlling the HVAC, lighting, music, security system, etc.  What the past decade has taught me is that no one wants 10 remote controls.  Having a “smart home” that is operated with 10 different apps stinks just as bad.  

So while everyone in the US will be buying these new toys, the true art of the whole thing is to get all of your new gadgets under one smartphone app through a smart home automation system.  Rather than having a folder for all of your automation apps from Honeywell, Comcast, ADT, and Nest, you should instead be opening one app that talks to all of these systems.

 To achieve this, you’ll need to purchase devices that talk to each other, and in most cases, some sort of central “brain.”  This is where we integrators step in, and there aren’t many of us out there.  Electricians, Security, HVAC, and Audio/Video guys are all in their own field.  Integrators tend to be most familiar with A/V and security, but also know enough about Wi-Fi networks, and all the other categories, so that they can integrate all these systems into one using an automation system like Control4 .  And doing that, is the art of smart.