When you’re a home automation mogul, your whole home might seem connected and seamless. From motorized blinds to smart thermostats and lighting control, this sort of technology makes life all the easier.
When the concept of interconnectivity is brought into play as a descriptor, though, not all home automation systems will make the cut. It’s a specific term that denotes a certain grade of high performance—performance that, as someone who owns home automation and home security tech, deserves.
But what exactly is interconnectivity? Why does it matter, and how can you promote it? Revience, your Eden Prairie providers of everything from multi-room audio to home security camera systems, has all the answers and more below.
Interconnectivity, or interoperability, is, in two words, device integration. It’s the ability of multiple smart home devices to “talk” to one another and thus deliver a seamless smart home experience. Interconnectivity between your control panel and smart lighting system, for example, will allow you to manage your lights through that control panel, instead of needing separate machinery to do so.
Interconnectivity should be the goal of all smart home technology companies, as it’s the number-one way to maximise the consumer benefits of their product. However, because it’s not advantageous money-wise to make a device that “plays well” with those outside of its brand, interconnectivity problems remain prominent in the industry—hence the need for smart home pros like us who know how to solve them.
Simply put, the more interconnected devices are, the more seamless the home automation experience is. When all of your smart devices are controllable via a voice-activated assistant or a control panel on the wall, it makes managing your home as easy as breathing. Without interconnectivity, having a smart home might not feel any different from not having a smart home!
Secondly, interconnectivity reduces bugs. It’s that simple. When devices synergize and “communicate” well, you experience far fewer technical hiccups than you would otherwise. Your smart home should make your life easier, not give you major headaches.
Finally, interconnectivity saves you money. When interconnectivity is prioritized, it’s not necessary to invest in costly systems for each aspect of your home to make your life easier. You simply need to pick devices that work well together and centralize their control point. Without interconnectivity, home automation can get expensive—and we think it should put money in your pocket! Check out our blog “Does a Smart Home Save Money?” for our reasoning.
Sometimes this can be easier said than done! Quite a bit of interconnectivity depends on factors outside of your control if you have a pre-existing home automation system. However, you can always call a home automation pro if you’re encountering issues; if they’re worth their salt whatsoever, they’ll have loads of experience dealing with this sort of thing and harmonizing your various pieces of technology. As we said, the problem remains at large in the industry.
That out of the way, here are a couple ways that, should you be installing a new home automation system, you can make sure each piece of tech is a willingly communicative participant.
This industry is constantly evolving, and technology is constantly improving and getting better at its intended purpose. While this evolution is generally a great thing, it does mean that new tech and old tech don’t always get along. While a year or two of time doesn’t make a huge difference as far as interconnectivity is concerned, any more than that and sometimes you’ll encounter problems, so try to stick with pieces that were made around the same time period.
Sometimes, of course, this is impossible, as not all brands make every single piece of home automation tech out there. As much as you can, though, it helps to keep everything coming from one company, as these devices are often made with one another in mind or otherwise use similar types of technology. They’ll thus have a much easier time working with one another, generally speaking, than tech from different brands.
If you’re set on mixing brands—which, again, sometimes you have to—make sure your central control point, be it voice-activated or a wall panel, can accommodate. Since that central hub is the one you’ll most frequently operate out of, it pays to give it its due attention. A smart home company can help you pick the right one for your needs.
We’re devoted to revolutionizing the way people live through top-notch, cutting-edge home automation technology—technology that synergizes to make your day-to-day living simple. Ive our Edina office a call today at 952-941-5289.