Home automation has come a long way in the last several years. Different companies, such as Nest, Honeywell, and ADT, are all companies that offer home automation solutions. We are used to our homes having integrated technology such as accent lights, smart security systems, smart shading solutions, and assistive technology like Siri or Alexa. But what brings this all together is a single automation device that integrates them all under one umbrella.
In 2019, we no longer need to rely on a single company to bring all of our home automation systems into sync with each other. We can create our own home automation system using a free, open-source, web based platform called Home Assistant. Home Assistant is a free tool that integrates with hundreds of the most popular home automation tools and utilities from lighting, to security cameras.
Home Assistant is one of the few locally hosted home automation systems available today. The set up is inexpensive, and not overly-complicated. The first thing you’ll need is a device to host your Home Assistant to act as a central hub. They recommend using a device like the Raspberry Pi to act as the central hub for Home Assistant. Setting up your Raspberry Pi with Home Assist can be accomplished in a few easy steps:
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Once you have Home Assistant set up for your home, you can delve into the world of home automation and see just how many amazing things you can accomplish.
Home automation doesn’t just stop with a single hub either. You can tie in voice activated smart hubs like Alexa to implement a smart voice controlled central hub that can be used to play music, control lights, or even control your garage door.
Vera is another is another smart control system that allows you to centralize your home’s security through automation as well. With Vera you can control security cameras, door locks, window locks, and motion sensors to activate different operations throughout the day. When paired with a smart voice assisted hub like Alexa, you can control these settings through your voice as well. Best of all, they all integrate back with a simple to use app on through your Home Assistant.
Those are only a couple examples of what’s possible through home automation. The Home Assistant website has a more complete list of all the great things that you can do through the app here: https://www.home-assistant.io/cookbook/