PART 2: How A Smart Home Really Works?

Bởi Ngô Thu Hà - 08/06/2020

Smart home (or Smart home) is no longer a not new concept to citizens in the 4.0 technology era. The majority of people know that a smart home is a house allowing homeowners to control electrical devices such as lights, air conditioners, water heaters, fans, etc by Smartphone or voice. However, little do people know about the mechanism of a Smart Home and how it really operates. In this article, let's find out more about Smart Homes from thê Q&A section with Lumi.

 

1. I am learning about smart homes but not really know how it works. Can you give me the explanation?

 

Answer: For you to have a deeper understanding about smart homes' operating mechanism, Lumi will give an example of how Lumi Smart Home executes  "turn off the light" command as follows:

 

Let's imagine when you are on a business trip abroad, you suddenly remember not turning off the living room lights. All you need to do is to open the LumiLife app to check which the living room light is still on and touch the light icon on the app to turn it off. And here is how the "turn off lights" command is executed: 

The signal is to be transferred from the app on the Smartphone to the Lumi server, then the Modem, and finally to the central home controller (HC).The HC is responsible to "instruct" the smart touch switch to execute your command
 

2. In order to turn a traditional house into a Smart Home, I will have to replace devices like normal switches with smart switches. Will this affect my electrical infrastructure? For example, do I have to chisel the wall to get back to the electric line?

 

Answer: There are 2 popular smart home types: KNX Smart Home and non-wired smart home using Zigbee, Zwave, Wifi, etc.

 

If you use a KNX smart home, you will need to intervene with the existing electrical system, whereas with a wireless smart home like Lumi, you only need to replace traditional switches in the house with the smart switches. As a result, wireless Smart Homes are becoming more and more popular in Vietnamese market.

 

3. I have been staying in my house for 3 years, can it now be renovated into a Smart Home?

 

Answer: As mentioned above, wireless Smart Homes do not require homeowners to interfere with electrical infrastructure. Therefore, even houses built 3 years, 10 years or 15 years ago can still be upgraded to a Smart Home within 1 day.

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