Home automation is expected to be the next big innovation, with Apple’s HomeKit leading the way. How will the future of home automation be influenced by Apple’s latest offering?
What is HomeKit?
Apple’s HomeKit is a home automation platform that lets users control smart products in the home using iOS apps and a Siri voice command. Apple HomeKit, and HomeKit-enabled products, were released in 2015.
Apple’s software communicates directly with the connected accessories and can even work remotely using iCloud capabilities.
According to MacRumors, there are a growing number of HomeKit products available to automate several items in the home. These include lights, door locks, plugs, switches, ceiling fans, thermostats, smoke alarms, window shades and more.
To make use of Apple’s HomeKit systems, you need an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with at least iOS 8.1, along with one or more HomeKit-enabled accessories, an associated app and home Wi-Fi. HomeKit also uses Bluetooth. HomeKit-enabled accessories are certified by Apple, which is detailed on the product.
The future of home automation
Apple’s HomeKit platform is very much in its infancy, and although it is not yet perfect, it’s set to have a big influence on the home automation market, contributing to the widespread development of the Internet of Things.
One of the aspects that has been holding the development of home automation back until now has been the complexity of setting up the equipment, with many users making use of a home automation company. Although Apple’s new platform will help to address the issues of complexity, making setup and use easier, you may still prefer to get expert installation assistance if you’ve been wondering what is the benefit of employing a smart home automation provider?
Once you have set up HomeKit, you can organise and classify options and group devices together. Devices are controlled via iOS apps and the Siri voice commands. You can give devices unique names and organise them into zones and rooms within the home. You can also control products by giving them a function when using voice commands. In addition to assigning a room to products, you can automate products by creating scenes, such as bedtime. This would mean that on the command of bedtime, you could control which lights come on or are turned off, for example.