The concept of a “smart home” has radically changed our views on the way of life living in a modern house. This technology combines in a single whole digital video surveillance system, alarm system, access control systems, climate control, etc. It is obvious that all of these systems need to be managed somehow.
While there is no question about smart home software, the issue of smart home mobile app development needs to be considered in detail. It isn’t always convenient to manage all processes in the smart home with only one stationary controller or to look for the switch everytime you want to adjust the light level in the house. That’s why the mobile app is the best solution for those who want to control their smart homes.
To develop a smart home app it isn’t enough just to know all about mobile apps development. It is important first and foremost to be familiar with the features smart home app required to have in order to be able to control a house in the simplest way possible. That’s what we are going to talk about further.
What Do We Need To Know About Smart Home
So, to understand what features must be present in the smart home mobile application, we need to determine what smart home system is responsible for. That is:
Indoor climate control;
Security management and video surveillance;
Household appliances control;
Control of gates, shutters and screens.
Climate control. Our health is largely dependent on climate conditions and air pollution in residential and public places. Climate control operation of a smart home is based on the forced ventilation, air conditioning, electric or water heating, heated floors and devices that open windows. Sensors that measure the current state of the house microclimate, as well as controllers, are used in such systems. In this case, while using a mobile application, we should be able to:
Control air parameters: temperature, humidity, ozone treatment;
Turn on/off ventilation mode using the window opening devices;
Control heating radiators;
Control heated floors;
These features can help to save costs and to encourage energy saving processes. For example, using the mobile app, we can configure climate system so it would lower the heat flow rate or even close it off on a specific time or on weekends. This is particularly important for country cottage owners with an autonomous heating system. With the help of mobile application, they can remotely turn on heating boiler or switch it to an economy mode.
The lighting system of a smart home allows to reasonable and economically manage the light resources in apartments, houses, offices. The automatic operation mode of the lighting system is realized by means of various sensors (external and internal) and programmable devices for turning lamps on and off at a specified time.
The mobile application should allow us to control the brightness of lighting, control light by timer. Also developers can implement an interesting feature that allow users to create an “owner’s presence” light effect or some other light scenes with the help of a mobile app.
Smart home safety system usually includes burglar and fire alarms, video surveillance inside the house, video surveillance outside the house, video entry phone, etc.
Smart home security system also provides:
protection from leaks;
protection against short-circuit in the power supply;
protection against fires (smoke detector);
automatic fire extinguishing system;
Speaking about the mobile application its function, in this case, is to monitor all the security processes and to monitor state of all the necessary indicators. In the case of emergency, app should send notification messages to a user or make an automatic call to a particular service department for troubleshooting.
Video surveillance. One of the features of the smart home system is a smart video surveillance. In such system camcorder sends its data to an internet server to which authorized user can get an access from anywhere in the world. For video surveillance, we divide house into several zones, and in the most important ones place video camcorders.
Camera signals can be transmitted not only to an indoor monitoring system, but also to the mobile application. Now user can see what happens in his home directly from the smartphone's screen. Also, in case of “unwanted visitors” user can remotely activate the alarm system or a digital “dog barking” right from a mobile app.
This part of smart home actually connects the house and a smartphone. User not only receives the full information about the current state of the subsystems but also gets the ability to control each of them remotely.
When nobody is home, phone calls can be automatically forwarded to a mobile app. Guests, who came and calling through the entry house phone, can communicate directly with householder, because the system redirects the intercom call to a mobile phone. If it is necessary to let guests enter the house, the distance isn’t a problem. User can open the door directly from the smartphone.
Here Internet helps to maintain a dialogue between smart home and its owner. From anywhere in the world householder can receive full data about the house condition and go through a CCTV records. Wi-Fi networks for data transmission are especially useful in this case.
Household appliances control
How many appliances do we normally have at home? We use them every day, and they make our lives easier. We can control them with ease too - using a mobile application and a module which uses the Bluetooth Smart protocol. The bottom line is that using a mobile app, you can control any device in your home. How does it work?
Electric devices are connected to the power supply network via a special module. When app connects to this module, application automatically detects all the devices that can be controlled so now we can control them remotely. In this case, we can not just turn them on and off, but also reduce power consumption, remotely disable unused household appliances.
Control of gates, shutters and screens
Often, to create comfortable conditions we need to increase or to limit the amount of natural light in the room, adjusting manually curtains or blinds. Agree, it would be much easier not to do it by hands or to look for a switch to do this, but to control these processes directly from the phone. Mobile application developers provide the app support of different control devices for roller shutters, blinds, screens.
As for the house-gate, here it is possible to establish a special unit, which will operate in parallel with the original automatic gate system. This unit can be controlled directly through the smartphone. In addition to that, the ability to use the traditional remote control also remains available. It is really convenient. In fact, a few people always have a gate remote control at hand, but smartphones are always around us.
Smart Home App Features
So we’ve looked at the basic smart home functions and how developers can integrate them into the mobile application. Now, on the basis of acquired knowledge, let's define what features should have a smart home mobile app. These are:
Remote control. The application must be able to control a wide range of devices through a central controller or router (sometimes WiFi spot).
Wireless connection. The bidirectional wireless commands/confirmations transmission and other data exchange between smartphone and smart home devices.
Notifications support. The application should display the current status of devices, warnings and diagnostic information.
Contactless functions. Smart home can find out that user is around with the help of Apple iBeacon technology (for iOS operating system).
Access control. The application need to be able to configure smart home mode of operation (public and private).
Personal settings. Like any other application, there must be present personal settings. Such as, the graphic design changes for example.
Availability. The application must be available for the installation and running on all popular mobile platforms.
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