Most of us are already living with smart technology. There is a degree of “smartness” in every house these days. Refrigerators that can tell when a product that’s placed in the fridge is about to expire, robot vacuum cleaners that can be operated from afar and move about wirelessly without you being required to push them, central heating systems that manage the thermostat automatically and much more. All these are smart appliances that function individually. But that by no means can be known as living in a smart home. These can all be categorized broadly as examples of home automation. But a smart home is way different.

A smart home is a house that has these home automation devices connected all together to a central control unit. All these appliances, devices and technologies can be monitored by this single unit. Lightning, CCTV surveillance system, washing machine, alarms, etc., etc. A smart home is a caretaker that makes certain the entire house is running properly. It’s sort of like a robot maid that manages the whole house minus the human shape.

Here are the basics of a smart home and how it functions:

Central network

In a smart home, the network of all the electrical devices, appliances and systems is integrated into and managed by a single computer. This advanced tech is very much like that which runs commercial buildings or other high-end setups of firms. Apart from the computer and the breaker box, there’s a lot of electrical wiring and a jumbo power source. Some systems derive this power from the electrical grid while others have their own solar panels.


Rather than heading to the switchboard of every electrical appliance, the smart home system provides a single electrical outlet such as a touchpad. From there a person can access and control each and everything. Apart from that, one other way to enter and command the control unit in a more efficient manner is through remote access. Like this, one can handle all the tech at his home even if he is a continent away via the app on his smartphone, tablet or laptop. Some smart homes also enable one to control the system by giving voice commands.


Where the central computer links all the appliances so that it can manage all the things from one place, remote access allows a person to set things or alter the settings from afar. Together they make up a smart home system. This tech is easier to install at places that are being constructed compared to having it fixed in an already built home. Either way, a reputable company can expertly convert a traditional house into a smart home.

So, it can be summed up that a smart home system is different from individual smart home technology in Dubai. When these singular smart devices are all connected to a central unit, then they form a smart home.