Connected Smart Homes Deserve Smarter Electricity

It’s no surprise that the wave of connectivity has begun creeping into all areas of our home.  We have become so accustomed to our dependence on smartphones that we are longing for that same control and ease of access to the spaces around us.  Adding smart features to one’s home and workplace is the logical next step.  It’s estimated that 21-24% of American’s own a smart speaker in their home.  On top of that, about a third of those owners have three or more speakers, whether they be spread throughout the home or in their workplace as well.

Slowly, it seems, other product’s technology is expanding the uses and capabilities of these virtual assistants by allowing connection to smart plugs, smart light bulbs, and thermostats.  Current data on virtual assistants shows that users are only really using it for basic tasks like listening to music, weather & news, Google searches, or setting alarms & timers.  This is because the smart assistant is pretty limited without also buying a range of other IoT products to function with it.  Buying individual products to outfit a whole home with smart plugs and bulbs would be a much pricier undertaking than a smart speaker alone.

Almost all homes were not built with any sort of connectivity in mind (obviously) as a majority were built even before smartphones took over.  However, this obvious desire for simplified control of a home’s basic functions should be a sign to start to add that infrastructure into the building.  Adding or converting existing basic components of a building, like the electrical panel itself, would eliminate the need to buy individual and expensive smart home products like smart light bulbs.  Our CENSE panel is part of a modular network to allow connectivity to the core of a home’s electricity.  It can control all of a building’s lights without the need for smart bulbs or special switches.  It can also be integrated with smart assistants to control the lighting with voice commands.  Dimming controls, scenes, zones, and timers can all be programmed and updated easily for different times of day.  Lighting can replicate natural lighting conditions throughout the day to stabilize circadian rhythms, turn on and off when you’re waking up or going to bed. It can also be monitored and accessed remotely, making it like a universal remote for electricity in your home

Having a CENSE panel will be essential to the future of your homes connectivity.  All of our devices have evolved ten-fold in the past decade, and so should our home’s electrical system.  As all of our devices become connected, it seems illogical to not have the core of the home’s electrical system to be smart as well.  We are beginning to see the emergence of smart appliances like refrigerators, ovens and even skillets, as well as security systems, cameras and locks that can be controlled from our smartphones.  Adding a CENSE panel can even add another layer of security by turning on your lights before you get home from work.  The remote functions mean that even products in your home that do not hold smart capabilities can be controlled through their power supplies with the CENSE system.

A building’s electrical panel is the heart and all the electrical lines are the veins that feed the appliances in it.  It is estimated that smart homes in the future can have over 150 connected devices in them.  Without integration the different apps and functionalities of these devices will become clunky, overwhelming and frustrating.  Putting the investment towards a true smart home means starting at the core – in the heart.  This will allow them to do what they’re meant to do; enhancing our daily routines to make life automated and streamlined.  This will only become easier and more useful with more advancements in AI and the use of virtual assistants that do more than telling you the weather.  So how long before we start living in a Jetsons future? May as well start now.