The internet of things…

I’m quite interested in the ‘Internet of Things’ especially where this will personally save me money on my utilities and other things. The current issue, as I see it, is that there are many manufactures producing clever bits of kit but none of this kit talks to each other. For example we have clever heating systems that will control individual room temperatures, at present these have to be manually set as the heating system doesn’t know if you are home or not. A burglar alarm knows when you are home (by the fact it is disabled), why not get the alarm to talk to the heating system to say when the heating is required. Over time a pattern will emerge and the system would ‘learn’ when you get home and make sure the house is pre-warmed.

The other issue is that many of these systems require an internet connection to work and much of the intelligence is ‘offsite’. As well as the ISP costs this often attracts a service fee from the hardware vendor as well, thisĀ could add up if you have several systems, each needing there own account. This works great for the vendors bank accounts as well as the harvesting of our data.

I believe that a central control system within the home is required and this should be the intelligence for all the separate systems. This can be connected to the web if desired but would not be an absolutely requirement, the individuals should be in control of their own data. It could still be set up from a web page or an app on a phone or tablet.

Just my 2 cents!