Wednesday, January 4, 2017

What Smart Home Applications Require Fiber?

Over the past several years, we have seen plenty of attention given to the home of the future – or the Smart Home. What once was a crazy sci-fi fantasy has now entered the mainstream of our everyday lives. Homeowners are now able to communicate remotely with various home systems through their computer, tablet, or smartphone. 

As fiber cable providers, we are often asked what applications within the Smart Home require fiber technology. This new technology called Fiber to the Home (FTTH) provides the homeowner substantially higher bandwidth capacity and increased speed.  But why does it matter for the Smart Home? 
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Defining Smart Home TechnologyA Smart Home uses fiber technology and connectivity to monitor various home functions. They provide the homeowner with detailed information regarding what is happening inside the home. Some of these home processes might include:
  • Home automation – This technology enables the homeowner to control various appliances (i.e., washer, coffee maker) within the home even when they are away. This is done through connectivity to a smartphone, tablet, or computer.
  • Security systems – Smart Home automation provides consistent home monitoring through closed-circuit televisions, as well as detailed input on fire and smoke alarms, and door and motion sensors. All information can be accessed through smartphones, tablets, or a computer for peace-of-mind while you are away.
  • Energy – Smart technology extends to home utilities through smart thermostat devices as well as the ability to control home lighting. Use a smartphone application to turn your thermostat up or down as you are on your way home, for the perfect temperature when you walk in the door. In addition to being handy, it can also provide big energy savings. 
  • Health monitoring– As baby boomers age, eHealth monitoring allows them to lead independent lives, while giving family members peace-of-mind. If an emergency arises, the device can alert emergency personnel immediately. 
The market for Smart Home technology, while in its infancy, is growing at a feverish pace as manufacturers and developers seek to create products with advanced connectivity. This innovative technology is part of a growing trend called the Internet of Things (IoT) which enables the homeowner to communicate with objects over the internet that were once considered unconnected.  
At Midcentury Communications, we provide both business and residential fiber optic connectivity options. Our fiber options are designed to handle the technology needs of today’s busy family.