How to take advantage of the Internet of Things

Adèle Manseau | Desjardins Group

The Internet of Things is no longer a sci-fi fantasy. Smart homes are a reality, and they're becoming a bigger and bigger part of our lives, thanks to rapid advancements in home automation technology.

Connected applications are everywhere! They're showing up in sports, retail and health, on your your smartphone, on the road and more. And they're coming right into your home, bringing with them all the advantages of the latest technology.

1. Security
Going away? You can program your indoor and outdoor lights to turn on and off and your blinds to open and close at various times. Left the house and not sure if you locked the door? All you have to do is press a button to make sure and check that the alarm system is working to detect movement. 
2. Efficiency
You're coming home from work and it's either chilly or too hot. You can adjust your thermostat remotely so it's at the perfect temperature when you get home. In a few years, thanks to the same technology, your refrigerator will send out a reminder to your phone that there's no juice left for breakfast, and as you enter or leave a room, the lights will turn on and off accordingly. And when you wash your hands, the water will start and stop automatically thanks to a sensor...

3. Peace of mind
Your house or apartment is insured, which covers you in the event of a loss or damage. Which is reassuring. Thanks to home automation, you get added peace of mind, because you can now limit water damage, thanks to strategically placed detectors connected to your smartphone.

4. Lower costs
Of course, installing home automation elements in your home, whether it's new or not, costs money. But it'll save you money in the long run, with recurrent savings on heating, energy, insurance and more. Some insurance companies offer a reduced premium if you install an alarm system or water leak detection system. 

5. Enjoyment
There's nothing like the immersive experience of being able to enjoy a movie on a big screen from the comfort of your home. We're already there with wireless systems that you can program with different kinds of music in different rooms. 

We hardly realize how much home automation applications are an integral part of our day-to-day. By 2020, more than 20 billion connected things could be in use worldwide1 ! Imagine what's next ...

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1 Gartner, the world's leading information technology research and advisory company

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