Five Travel Worries which we can tackle with Smart Home Security

The concept of Smart Homes is being adopted across the world. People are waking up to the increasing sense of possibilities that a smart home brings. Whether it is optimised electricity consumption or the convenience of operating smart devices, consumers understand the value that a smart home brings to them.

The Indian Smart Home market may be relatively nascent at this stage, with a projected size of only 4.2 million US dollars in 2019, but it is projected to grow at an annual rate of more than 40% between 2019 and 2023.

Amid the increasing optimism surrounding smart homes, one of the key benefits of a smart home that customers have not yet realised is the security that a smart home provides, especially when we are travelling. Haven’t made the connection yet? Well, let’s make it for you.

In one of our earlier articles, we mentioned how eGlu has invested a lot of time and effort towards ensuring that our home automation products are highly secure. Well, one of the big use-cases of investing in secure smart homes is that they can help their customers travel, away from their homes, stress-free.

This blog will give you five examples of travel worries that you can forget about with top-notch smart home security:

1. The Worry of Receiving Packages while you are Away from Home

In a world where e-commerce is ubiquitous, the likelihood of getting a package delivered while you are away travelling is very high. Imagine a delivery boy knocks at your door, and remotely, you can have your package kept in the place that you want. Not only is it convenient, but you will also maintain a high degree of safety, as uncollected packages lying around may give people ideas that are rather nefarious in nature. Thus, a secure smart home can allow you to convert this imagination to reality.

2. The Stress of Forgetting to Turn Off the Switches

A smart home can not only relieve the worry of collecting deliveries, but it can help you save electricity as well. Going on a long vacation with your family and forgetting to switch off the refrigerator or a fan is an innocuous thing that happens occasionally. However, it does cost you quite a significant expense in terms of the electricity bill.

With top-notch smart home security, such as the one from eGlu’s, you can get alerts if any switches in your house are left turned on by mistake. Not only can you avoid a truckload of stress, but you can also save on the electricity bill.

3. The Tension of Theft while You are Away

Robberies are an unfortunate yet inevitable part of living in a society. Smart homes with top-notch security can ensure you keep the robbers out of the house. Even if they do manage to get in, the system will ensure that the concerned authorities are notified and the robbers are tracked. You can even schedule the lights to turn on at periodic intervals to make it seem like people are at home.

4. The Anxiety of Inclement Weather

This one is simple. When you travel, there is always anxiety regarding bad weather – water seeping in through an open window, or the wind leading to broken objects. With a secure smart home system, however, you can ensure the relevant precautions are taken and close any open windows and doors remotely.

5. The Hassle of Asking your Neighbour to ‘Keep an Eye Out’

Finally, another hassle that comes with travelling is when you have to ask the neighbours to do you the favour of ‘keeping an eye’ on the house. With the security that you get from home automation, favours from neighbours, and their accompanying hassles are not needed.

As IoT devices become more and more ubiquitous, a question arises over the cybersecurity aspect of such devices. The coming Smart Homes revolution may make our lives more convenient and optimise our electricity usage, but the home security aspect of living will continue to be paramount.

Eight years ago, research done in England found that 80% of the robbers checked a person’s social media to see if they were home or not. If you are investing in a smart home, it should be paramount for you to ensure that you get a secure one. Such an effective home automation system adds greatly to home security and allows you to travel stress-free.

The Best Ways to Build a Smart Home

“It (the internet) will be part of your presence all the time. Imagine, you walk into a room, and the room is dynamic. And with your permission and all of that, you are interacting with the things going on in the room.”

These are not just any random person’s words. These are the words of former Google CEO and Chairman, Eric Schmidt. And it is not just Schmidt who’s making this prediction of the future. A number of luminaries, visionaries, and leaders in the science and business spheres have predicted the coming wave of IoT.

The Growing Trend Towards Home Automation

We started with phones being smart, but now, we move towards a truly connected and ‘smarter’ world. According to the reputed statistics website, Statista, the total installed base of IoT connected devices will be 75.44 billion by 2025. And amongst the coming waves of IoT, home automation is projected to be an extremely significant segment.

The concept of smart homes is gaining increasing traction in developed as well as developing markets alike. The Indian smart home market is projected to generate 7,189 million US dollars by 2023.

Home Automation: The Basics

We, at eGlu, envision to develop smart homes for our customers, which are not only convenient but also highly secure, while at the same time, helping you save energy and costs through automation. Through this blog, we want to shed light on smart homes at the fundamental level, the different approaches to home automation, and the advantages of each approach. This is so you, as consumers, can make informed decisions when you create your very own smart home.

At the fundamental level, smart homes allow you to control the appliances, lighting, climate, and security systems in your home through your smartphones. The process of making your home smart is known as home automation. Ultimately, all the smart devices are connected to a central hub and monitored through a smartphone or a tablet in your home.

The exciting thing about implementing a good home automation system is that it not only offers you a seamless experience, but it also allows you to control your home remotely while optimising your electricity bill.

The Different Ways of Automating Your Home

There are ways and levels for home automation. One of the simplest and cheapest ways is to start your home automation is with the lights. Smart light bulbs are available dime-a-dozen in the market. With a simple, smart hub system like eGlu, you can control all the lights from your mobile. This is especially useful if you are forgetful about switching off the lights.

Another way for home automation is to connect the doors and locks, along with the lights to your home automation system. In that way, you can stop worrying about doors accidentally left unlocked.

A more elaborate way of home automation is to automate high consumption devices, such as your refrigerator, geyser, etc. The main benefit of home automation at this level is the optimisation of electricity consumption and hence the bill. It is considered the next level because of two reasons. Firstly, the plugs will need to be smart. Secondly, you will need to buy smart refrigerators and geysers for full ‘smart’ capabilities.

Finally, the complete way to install a home automation system is to combine all the ways mentioned above and add security monitoring features to your system. In this way, you get a completely automated, centrally controlled, secure smart home. However, it does come at a high cost to make your home ‘smart’ in one go.

Advantages of Home Automation

Now that you have understood what Smart Homes are, their advantages, and the various ways of building a Smart Home, let’s come to how you can easily build one? Smart Homes carry a lot of advantages as you have seen. But, the benefits of home automation also create certain barriers that need to be overcome. The more connected your home is, the more the need to maintain bullet-proof cybersecurity. Furthermore, building a smart home carries initial costs, in case you are buying new smart devices for your home. Finally, getting used to home automation is also a huge barrier.

Why eGlu?

Fortunately, eGlu has built a home automation solution that gives you all the advantages of smart homes while ensuring all the barriers are overcome, and you get the best of both the popular approaches of home automation. The hardware devices that we offer come as part of a Do-It-Yourself solution. We have spared no expense or effort on cybersecurity to ensure that your home is not only smart but also secure. Our in-wall switch modules ensure that you do not need to replace existing switches for lights and fans. Using the smart hub, we provide a single point of control to get the benefits of a central home automation system and the app-based smart home.

A convenient Smart Home with top-notch security, plug-and-play features, and great energy savings awaits. But remember that there are various ways to go for Home Automation. You can start with just the lights, or go for the heavier devices, such as the Geyser and Refrigerator, or you can automate the doors and locks. Whatever you choose, home automation is something you should consider to do to make your life easier! Come and become a part of the Home Automation revolution at myeglu.com!

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