What is a Smart Home?

What is a Smart Home?

A smart home is one that is equipped with lighting, heating, and electronic devices (like Halo) that can be controlled remotely from your phone, your computer, or a smart home hub. A smart home is the new Internet of Things.

A smart home takes advantage of advancements in technology to make your home a safer place and offers solutions to everyday challenges around your home. Connected home products include smart smoke alarms, smart thermostats, smart door locks and security systems, and other home appliances and consumer electronics that you can control with the touch of a button or with the sound of your voice.

At Halo Smart Labs, we use smart home technology in multiple ways. Our Halo and Halo+ Smart Smoke and CO Alarms both use our innovative Smartlogic™ technology that combines multiple sensors to detect fires faster. We also use a platform that works with the connected devices you’re already using in your home. Whether you chose Samsung SmartThings, Iris by Lowe’s, or Amazon Echo, our smart smoke detectors will work with your system and communicate with your other devices and smoke alarms. We continue to add new ‘Works With’ partners all the time and we’ll be updating this list in the coming months as we roll out new compatibility for the fall.

We work hard to provide life-saving connected products that will work in the smart home environment that you’ve created.

On CNET: Connected Health & Your Smart Home

On CNET: Connected Health & Your Smart Home

When we think about connected health, we often think wearables: smart watches, health trackers, etc. However, with the rise of more connected home technology, the next health wearable may very well be your smart home.

As we wire our homes with more and more sensors, it's possible that a connected home will be able to not only report on a user's health, but also to predict potential health crises.

ADT, Alarm.com, and MivaTek are all companies in the home security business that are now stretching their existing infrastructure to serve connected health. MivaTek is working on a version of its Home8 smart home kit for "medication adherence" using cameras, motion detectors, a pendant panic button, and a tilt-sensing smart pill dispenser, which can be used to monitor how an elderly or recovering person is progressing.

The appeal of connected health technology lies in several areas: the freedom/independence it allows ill and/or elderly individuals, the ease of user experience, and the cost effectiveness of smart home health care. By utilizing existing sensor technology, smart homes can help save the average $19-26/hour cost of a home health provider, while giving recovering patients or elderly individuals a sense of personal independence.

What sort of connected health technology to do you want to see?