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How Smart Home Automation Is Changing in the New Year


There’s no denying that 2016 was a huge year for smart home automation, but the biggest changes to the integrated technology landscape are still ahead. With the growing popularity of voice-control features and increased desire to turn every aspect of the home “smart,” we’re seeing plenty of developments that could radically alter your home this year. In this blog, we’ll highlight some new smart home features that you should know about. Read more after the jump.

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Voice-Controllable Security              

Security systems are among the most important aspects of any smart home solution because homeowners love to stay in-the-know about what’s happening when they’re at home and away. But as ultra-safe features like biometrics and remote-monitoring become more common, there’s a desire to make systems more convenient and user-friendly. And what’s simpler than voice-control?

We’ve already seen Alexa-compatible security systems, though it hasn’t made much noise in the security market. However, the announcement of a Homekit-compatible system debuting at this year’s CES, it could be the next big step in protecting your property.

But there are, of course, drawbacks to integrating voice control with your security system. While vocal biometrics help keep unauthorized users from accessing your system, manufacturers are still looking to find ways to protect against potential threats.

The best way to secure your home is still to consult a professional security installer. Make sure your spaces are kept safe with a system that’s customized to your needs.

Smarter Appliances

Last year, we may have seen the popularization of items like smart thermostats and light bulbs, but those are just the tip of the iceberg. Now that homeowners are becoming increasingly familiar with smart technology through companies like Nest, Sonos and Amazon, they’re starting to want more from their other appliances as well.

For instance, Dish Network has just recently announced voice-control for its Hopper DVR box. That means you can simply say the name of a show, channel or actor and instantly find what you’re looking for. The Dish Hopper will be compatible with Alexa, which means it could only be a matter of time before we see integration become ubiquitous.

Additionally, GE has announced a Wi-Fi connected oven. What’s so special about that? It can automatically shut off when smoke is detected to prevent fire and property damage.

Other devices include the new Family Hub by Samsung, a “smart refrigerator” that helps keep track of items inside as well as functions as a remotely-accessible calendar for the whole family. While this model debuted in 2016, it’s still on the horizon for becoming a major feature of every home.

Of course, there’s more to a smart home than just smart devices. Contact Atlanta Audio and Automation today to learn how we can truly integrate technology into your lifestyle.

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