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What’s the Story with Smart Homes?

What’s the Story with Smart Homes?

Google’s recent announcement of its latest product, called Google Home, has once again got home tech enthusiasts talking about home automation and the rise of smart homes. For some the idea of a smart home may seem quite far-fetched and out of reach but the reality is that they will soon be a standard feature in most homes.

If you really think about what a smart home is and the basics of the concept of home automation it doesn’t seem so far-fetched anymore, especially when you consider that most people have access to smartphones which seem to be the main driving force behind it.

So what exactly is a smart home? A smart home is equipped with special structured wiring to enable occupants to remotely control or program an array of automated home electronic devices by entering a single command.

Basically with the swipe of a finger or touch of a button you could turn off the coffee maker, set the security alarm or check on the kids from wherever you are. This sort of technology has huge implications not only for convenience but also for efficiency going forward.

The list of things that can be connected to a home automation system are endless. Essentially anything that can be connected to a network can be automated and controlled remotely. Current real world applications include “on and off” devices such as lights, power outlets and electronic locks, but also devices such as sensors which have only two states, open and closed.

The greatest challenge to home automation in Africa is internet connectivity. According to the World Economic Forum, a 2015 estimate for the average percentage of households with internet access is only 10.7% for Africa – vastly lower than Europe’s estimated 82.1%. Even where there is connectivity, access is extremely slow.

This doesn’t mean that forward thinking property developers are not including this thinking in their designs. Many developers are running fibre optic cables in their developments to make way for improved internet services.

The properties of Mobus Property Development incorporate architecture, layout and an overall look and feel that would mesh well with any smart home functionality.

The properties are rooted in classic elegance with a modern, luxurious twist that will work well with futuristic applications meaning that if you purchase a Mobus property today, you can be sure that it will still be relevant in 10 years’ time.

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