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Part II: Tomorrow’s Technology > Connecting Your Home: Internet Home Alliance

Chapter 36. Connecting Your Home: Internet Home Alliance

As more and more gadgets become digital and are able to communicate with the network to share their data or to access applications, the next step is to apply these devices to control the home. How many times have you left home and wondered if you actually set the alarm system, turned off the stove, or locked the doors? By connecting your home to the Internet and accessing it from your desktop computer, your car, or your wireless devices, you can have instant access to check out your home and determine what’s in order and what needs to be corrected. For example, you might want to access your home via voice command from your car and instruct the home to lock all doors or turn the air conditioning up or down. Additionally, you may want to use your desktop computer or your tablet PC to actually view who is ringing the doorbell at your front door after you’ve received an instant message notification that you have a visitor.

All these scenarios and more are readily workable today, and organizations such as the Internet Home Alliance are already conducting pilot programs and helping to accelerate the development of the market for these types of solutions. All that’s really required is a collection of smart devices within the home that are all connected to an always-on broadband Internet connection. The connected home can include kitchen appliances, security systems, electrical and airconditioning systems, and much more. If these systems are connected to the Internet, it becomes possible to access and control them at any time from any place by using any device.


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