5 key considerations when building a smart home system




Today, we experience a
continuously increasing demand for integrating intelligent solutions into
private homes, and IoT devices are becoming a common part of everyday life
across the globe. For solution providers seeking to meet the needs of modern
life by building smart home systems, these 5 considerations will help ensure
the success of the systems.

How are the data kept safe? 
A vital consideration for solution providers is how to ensure that the data
transferred in the system are kept secure. Private data of the users are
collected through the system, and they need to remain private. This means
making sure the data are inaccessible to outsiders is paramount. To guarantee the
users a high level of security, the devices integrated into a system need to live
up to strict standards of security when communicating with each other, e.g. via
multi-layered security using installation codes, certificates, and encryption
keys to authenticate the connection.

How is a high level of
reliability ensured?

One of the most important considerations when building a smart home system is how
to ensure a high level of reliability. In relation to the connected devices
integrated into the system, it is essential that tampering and false alarms are
prevented. In this regard, the maturity of devices is essential. Thoroughly tested
and validated devices is the guarantee for a highly reliable connection in the
system. Moreover, tamper switches ensure that the devices are not tampered with
without instant warning. In case of a temporary power outage or cuts in the
internet connection, battery backups ensure that locally stored data within the
smart home system are not lost, meaning that the system will keep functioning.

Is the system cost-effective?
When building a smart home system, it is important to get a customized system
and avoid spending money on features and functionalities that are not needed. A
way to have a cost-effective system is to use a platform that offers configurations
options. With a modular and configurable platform, it is possible to include
only the chipsets and modules necessary for the specific system. Moreover, the
solution will be tailored to the users’ needs.

How user-friendly is the
system?

The success of any wireless system relies on the adoption among the users. A
common barrier for the adoption is created in the first meeting between the
users and a smart home system. To provide the users with a great first
impression of the system, it is vital that the included devices are easy to
install. Here, plug and play functionality will greatly ease the installation
process for the users. In combination with long battery lives of the devices
and the possibility of the solution provider to perform over-the-air updates,
the required amount of maintenance is kept to a minimum, providing the users
with a positive experience when using the system.

Is the system future-proof?
When building a smart home system, it is also important to consider how to make
sure that it is future-proof. The world of IoT is evolving constantly, and
technological advancements are brought to the market daily. This means that a
rigid and inflexible system will easily be outdated. A way to prevent this from
happening is to base a system on open standards instead of propriety protocols.
By choosing open standards, the interoperability of the system is enhanced,
preparing it for new devices to be connected in the future. With a flexible,
open platform it is possible to integrate products across vendors to match the
needs of the users continuously.

Since 2007, the Danish tech company Develco Products
has developed and produced a wide range of white label devices for providers of
IoT solutions. Smart home solution providers greatly appreciate the high level
of flexibility, interoperability, and security offered by the devices.  

Explore the opportunities opened by the IoT devices at
https://www.develcoproducts.com/.

Develco Products is exhibiting at IoT Tech Expo Europe in RAI, Amsterdam on 19-20 June. Find them at stand #641.

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Original article: 5 key considerations when building a smart home system
Author: Develco Products A/S