Media Relations for a Connected World
Are smart homes really that smart?
Smart cities of the future will include both smart homes and smart cars, all rolled up into the Internet of Things (IoT), but what happens if an integral piece of the equation isn't keeping up? According to a new report, smart homes are innovating much slower than smart cars.
Smart City Coupé at Bristol Car Show. Credit: Arpingstone/Wikimedia Commons
A new whitepaper, "Why is the so-called Smart World still So Stupid?" looks at the amount of smart homes that have "intelligent systems installed within them that actually make our lives smarter, easier and safer," and found they are few and far between.
"This is because people are confusing 'connected' with 'smart'," said the report. "Just because a house, its devices and its systems are connected to each other and to the Internet, enabling the home owner to monitor and maybe even control what is happening in the home from a smart phone, does not make the house smart."
The report defines a smart home as a house that has "some intelligence of its own and that "needs to be able to gather information from its network of sensors, review and analyze that data, and then take some kind of action -- without a human person in the loop to make the decisions for it."