Low-end smart home technology that features little to zero security is a key concern that the industry will soon be forced to address — especially with IoT-based botnet attacks on the rise.

Consumers expect convenience and comfort from smart homes, but aren’t prepared for complex configurations and vulnerabilities. Like small business networks, smart homes require similar levels of security, maintenance, and support.

As it stands right now, most connected devices jump through hurdles to get out to the internet. Technologies like Bluetooth 5 and Thread are making it simpler to get every device *securely* connected to the internet.

Soon, we’ll see the proliferation of smaller and lower cost smart home devices (locks, lights, thermostats and more). Coming after will be new interfaces such as voice, touch and gesture.

Today, smart home systems are completely wireless and bi-dimensional. You can control the whole system with a mobile app, from any place in the world and such solutions are getting more and more safe.

The smarthome is fragmented with competing protocols and no link between them. The future will see consolidation, with central hubs playing the pivotal role of unifying and controlling the house.

Smart home technology has changed and continues to change our lives. With appliances/ utilities being controlled by smartphone, we are more in control than ever of aspects in our lives.

People are unsure if they should invest in smart home technology. Companies need to focus on educating customers about enhanced security and continue advertising the convenience and efficiency perks.

Smart Home tech is more than an efficiency, life hack or gimmicky tech solution – the benefits extend to improving our environmental impact, minimising energy waste, improving health outcomes and making our homes safer.