Every day technologies change the way we live our lives. Suddenly, something that wasn’t even a possibility became a reality. It’s no longer enough merely to use technologies as a business or healthcare assistants. We want more. And introducing of Smart Tech Homes is our key to the future. Now you don’t need to get out of your car to open the garage door or to search for a switch to turn the light on at midnight. Home can do it all for you with the help of various devices. But all these devices are useless without the software that controls them. So smart home software is exactly a thing we want to discuss today.
Suppose that one has decided to create a smart home automation system for temperature, light and security monitoring. Logically, the first step here is to buy all the necessary accessories such as controllers, sensors, modules or the like. The question is how to manage all this stuff? In this case, you need software that will help to bind all the elements in a single whole. Obviously, you will surf the internet searching for right solutions and, of course, a price.
Let's talk seriously. It is not quite a simple question. Imagine that you ask a builder: "How much will it cost to build a house?". Apparently, the most accurate answer would be: “from 15 000 $ and up to ...Infinity”. Why? Because It is necessary to take into account the area, a number of floors, materials, to answer the question "how much it costs to build a house." The same can be related to a home control system software development.
Smart Home System Development. Why Do We Need It?
What if I will buy a ready-to-go product instead of wasting money on a development process. That is a right question – you can find on the market a variety of both free and paid (starting price is around 70 – 100$) apps for the smart home automation. But there is one nuance that can not be ignored.
All software that is available on the market created to cover the maximum number of potential users. However, no one can tell exactly will it be suitable for a particular case or not. Let's say you think about the implementation of a smart lighting system only. In this case, it’s obviously there is no necessity to buy software that is overloaded with dozens of other features that hinder and strongly affect the final price of the product. In addition to it, companies are developing some software for a certain brand or kind of gadgets for the smart home.
Therefore, it will be uncomfortable to get into a situation when you pay thousands of dollars to get the smart home automation system, and software isn’t simply compatible with the devices you’ve purchased. Add to it a month fee you will likely pay for a software and a communication process with technical support service you will have every time any issues occur. Such communication chain is good in doing big improvements but it doesn’t work well if you need to change some small parameter in the entire system. “Have changed the buttons function? – call us. Have changed the emplacement of sensors at the house? – call us” and so on.
The way in which smart home will be designed is directly related to the life-support system it will get. That’s why there is a sufficient number of factors that affect on the final cost of the smart house software. You want to implement wireless technologies in a smart home control system. Okay. But what if you suddenly have changed your mind and want to provide a maximum protection for your smart home? The only alternative for a wireless system is a wiring. It’s not wrong to say that wiring technologies have an advantage over wireless in security-related questions.
In this case, it will be necessary to rebuild the whole system of the devices communication at the house and, possibly change the smart home software configuration in order to use wired technology. This example may seem a trifle, and at first glance can be inapplicable, but it becomes apparent when you run the smart home software and try to change some settings.
It is also equally important point is the smart house software have an access to the cloud. In other words, it’s a possibility to control your home from the phone to see what's going on, when you aren’t around. It is changing of various settings in remote mode. The cost of software and entire automation system will also depend on the amount of space that user will get at his disposal on a cloud. The more space user needs to store the information, the more he will have to pay.
Accordingly, if the smart house will have access to the cloud, the software itself must be configured to work with the cloud. In this case, in addition to developing the interface for the smart home you need a mobile application that will be compatible with all of your mobile devices. Of course, this will be an additional cost.
If we will talk about smart home software development, its advantage over ready-made solutions is that you identify all the items that need to be implemented in software from the very beginning. All system should be built with the ability to make all the setting changes and configuration easily, with a minimum third party intervention. In other words, even a child should be able to reconfigure the system.
Things To Consider And Questions To Ask
With both smart home interface and smart home mobile app development, you get a unique product that meets all your requirements for the full 100%. Just think. You buy a ready-to-go project for 200$ (approximately) + monthly fee that equals about 50-60$. This is despite the fact that not all systems will be able to cover your needs (some projects offer only the integration of security systems and no interaction with any audio or video equipment).
In addition to that client will have to pay a lot of money to get some new features and innovations for such software.
If try to calculate all the costs one will spend during the year of using the purchased software on the market, total charges would be even greater than all costs made for the purchasing of all smart home hardware. Before you assess the benefits of buying ready smart house software, ask yourself a few questions:
Is this product compatible with all devices I have or not?
Will there be any additional costs for the installation and configuration of this software? (Some companies put the installation of software by their experts as a mandatory item. As a consequence tremendous money wasting each time client wants to reconfigure something).
Can I pick up an individual system settings or reassign options depending on my needs?
How long does it take to install the whole system?
How smart home software will react to unforeseen situations?
These are just some questions that determine the profitability of a ready-to-go software. Unfortunately, not all products are available in the market can give answers to these questions.
It is necessary always to understand for what purposes will be used this or that software and if it is important not to overload the architecture with redundant nodes and links. The price will strongly depend on possibilities we’ll get.
Of course, if one won’t think about all aspects that affect on the final price of the product, the answer to the question “how much does it cost to get a smart home software” or "how much does it cost to develop smart house software" automatically will be "too much". It depends on different factors and it’s hard to get an answer right away. Still the smart home software development has good benefits over ready products on a market. If we will have a competent approach to this situation, it will be possible to get a good product at quite a good price without any problems with the installation and subsequent use.
In the development of smart software house cost of the product depend only from the client. If he needs home automation technology with the minimum required set of settings - respectively, the price will depend on his choice and the available settings only. If the client wants to get the opportunities’ utmost nothing will change - only opportunities will be assessed and nothing else.
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