What is new with IoT in 2016?

We are less than 2 weeks into the New Year and a lot is brewing. At the CES show in Las Vegas, IoT products and tech concepts have been making a big splash.  IoT in 2016 is about smarter devices, more connectivity, and then the need to manage and control and operate all these ‘things’ with the least amount of tools and expense.

Come to your Senses

Motion sensors, when used in the traditional way, can detect when someone steps into an area, be it your yard, the kitchen or the hallway leading to the bedrooms. When they sense movement they trigger a security system to sound an alarm, flash the lights or send a text message to your smartphone. While this home security feature is helpful to any household, motion sensors can do so much more than keep a watchful eye over the property.

When positioned and programmed appropriately by a home systems integrator, motion sensors can provide handsfree control over a home’s lights. This is particularly helpful for spaces like closets, powder rooms and kids’ bedrooms, and the concept is simple: When someone enters the room, the lights turn on, when they leave the lights turn off. In addition to curbing electricity use, motion triggered lights can provide safe passageways down hallways to the bathroom for young children and down stairways to the kitchen for a midnight snack.

With the help of an automation system, motion sensors are also good trigger devices for motorized window shades, and even complete home theater systems. Imagine walking into your home theater and being welcomed with perfectly dim
med lights, music as a prelude to the movie and the A/V equipment ready to go. It’s a surefire way to impress your friends and family, not to mention extremely convenient. Of course, your home systems installer will need to set up the motion sensors and automation system so that movement after you’ve walked into a space won’t keep triggering the electronics.

And even if the motion sensors are still being used monitor for movement in the house, they needn’t always be cause for alarm. They can simply help keep a record of daily activity in and around your house. For example, a motion sensor could signal a security system to send a text to your smartphone when it notices movement on the front porch (likely an indication of a delivery) or in the kitchen during the afternoon (a sign that the kids made it home from school safely).

So think of the sensors in your house as more than just signals of break-ins. They can help curb energy use, foster convenience, set the mood, and help you monitor what’s happening at home while you’re away.