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IoT for the Summer: Staying connected to home when you’re away

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July 25, 2016

by

Theresa Bui

Clap on, clap off. Remember those hilarious commercials for turning lights on and off? The smart home has come a long way since then, thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT). What seemed like science fiction only a few years ago is now reality as millions of household devices gain wireless connectivity to deliver critical services to homeowners.

Our latest infographic spotlights six ways IoT connected services make it easier for you to relax and enjoy summer. One of the biggest wins is peace of mind knowing you can control your home security and automation from anywhere you are.

Making life easier with a connected home

Ever left for a vacation, then worried that maybe the back door was unlocked, or you left the oven on, or forgot to close the blinds? Home automation systems, powered with internet connectivity, are making it possible to turn nearly anything in your home into a connected device that can send you status information and alerts, and adjust based on your commands. And you do it all from your phone – how cool is that?

connected homeSmart home technology is on the rise, giving you ever-more nuanced control. For example, some connected services focus on sensors for tracking any type of door – front entry, refrigerator, even a pet door. Others let you keep an eye on utilities: Any water leaking, or lights on? Want to warm up the house before you come home?  You can handle it all with home automation services.

And it’s not just for when you’re away; these connected controls can make everyday life at home easier to manage.

Ensuring a home safe home

For protecting your home at large, IoT innovations are stretching the boundaries of what’s possible for home security. As vendors in this industry rapidly transform how they do business, it’s good news for homeowners. Using cloud-based IoT platform tools, these businesses can help increase safety and reduce risk with more sophisticated real-time monitoring, accelerated responses, and remote diagnostics to quickly fix and restore services to ensure the highest reliability.

Security and home automation vendors are also evolving their connected services to deepen engagement with customers, offering more personalized ways to meet their needs. It’s a powerful plus for the customer experience, and a great way to grow the business with new revenue streams.

Be sure to catch all the articles in our seven-part blog series on how IoT is transforming our summer experiences. Subscribe to the Cisco Jasper blog (top right of the page).

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