What Makes a Smart Home “Smart”?

First, it was smartphones, then came smartwatches. Now even our homes are smart. But just what makes a home smart?

From speakers to thermostats to locks to lightbulbs, homeowners have no shortage of choices when it comes to adding smart devices to their homes. The problem with creating a smart home is that it’s easy to add a bunch of smart devices to your home but more difficult to have those devices communicate with one another. Without that communication, however, it’s difficult to call a home truly smart.

Furthermore, having to use different apps to control smart devices can be more work for a homeowner who anticipates that these devices will make their lives easier than their “dumb” counterparts. While a voice-controlled speaker may be able to turn on some devices, their compatibility is limited. Why bother unlocking a Bluetooth lock if it doesn’t interface with any other device in your home?

On top of this, some of those devices are more form than function. For instance, color-changing LED bulbs that respond to voice might be fun, but you certainly wouldn’t argue that they’re necessary. The industry is still young enough that consumers are impressed enough to purchase these superfluous devices, and manufacturers know they can appeal to buyers with buzz words rather than practical solutions to our everyday concerns.

So how do you move from a barely-connected network of devices that have been cobbled together clunkily to an integrated smart home full of devices that work efficiently and make your life easier? And is it possible for smart devices to cater to our lives rather than the other way around.

With the current state of technology, a smart home hub is necessary. These hubs connect to every smart device and can even reduce strain on the wireless network. Residents save time and effort by logging into a single app to control all of their smart devices, whether they’re at home or away.

Fortunately, hardware and software manufacturers are considering this. Compatibility and remote operation are increasingly possible. As this progress continues, smart devices will integrate even more seamlessly into our lives, producing truly smart homes. Perhaps someday these homes will be able to anticipate our needs rather than simply allowing the user to control the devices within them.

If you’re interested in incorporating smart home technology, Ali Mohamed and morConnect can help! They have a variety of financing options available. Learn more on their website. A recent way morConnect has helped serve their clients is by offering 1000 free Google Minis during the COVID 19 crisis. These devices will help people stay connected to their loved ones during these difficult times. 

Originally posted on morConnectBlog.com.

Three Ways Technology is Changing The Next Generation of Smart Homes

As technology continues to become more efficient, forward-thinking homeowners are trying to find ways to integrate technology and automation in their homes so that they are better prepared to deal with the substantial shifts that are happening to society, the environment, and the economy.

Indeed, housing experts anticipate that the next generation of “smart” homes will be outfitted with a range of technologies that will make home living easier, safer, more convenient, and more comfortable than ever before. The following technologies and trends will completely revolutionize the next generation of smart homes for homeowners. 

Finding Ways to Integrate New Technologies

Remember those days of having to look through a peephole to see who was knocking at your door? In the next generation of smart homes, those days will likely be finished, as new homes will be outfitted with high-resolution front door cameras that have built-in facial recognition software. These front door cameras will be ideal for smart homeowners who live in fast-paced cities who have delivery drivers, postal service workers, and other people dropping packages off at their front door.

According to technologists, smart home owners will be able to connect their facial recognition software with their door lock security system. This will allow different members of a family to quickly and safely enter their home without needing to find their keys.

The Importance of 5G in Smart Homes

Another new technology that will play a vital role in the next generation of smart homes is 5G. 5G is a wireless communication technology that will allow the smart homes of the future to connect with the rest of the world more efficiently. 

5G will be crucial for future generations of homeowners because the technology completely removes the need for wiring for things like televisions, telephones, and the Internet.

Finding Ways to Power Smart Homes 

Skeptics of smart homes are probably wondering, “All of this technology sounds great, but how will there be enough electricity for all of these devices?” In the next generation, when neighborhoods are full of smart homes, each neighborhood will have its own direct energy resource station that is connected to the homes in the neighborhood. This system will be customized to the different energy needs of the residents living in the community, helping cut down on needless utility costs for smart home owners.

Are you interested in integrating more technology into your smart home? morConnect can help! Ali Mohamed, the Vice President, wants to keep the residents of Ontario and all of Canada safe by using Smart technology in homes across the country. They offer a variety of financing options so you can find the right fit for you and your home. 

At morConnect, we are all about utilizing the latest technology to keep our clients safe, happy, and comfortable. The COVID pandemic has created new challenges for many people, but it is our goal to use new tech to help boost spirits during this time. Because of this, the company is giving away 1000 Google Minis to their customers. 

Originally posted on morConnectBlog.com.

Making Your Smart Home Environmentally Sustainable

Smart homes have taken the housing market by storm. All over the United States, homeowners and home builders are intrigued by the idea of automated lighting, customized temperature settings, innovative appliances, and cloud-controlled entertainment systems. But smart homes don’t just offer unique comforts and innovative technical features. In essence, most of the smart technology found in today’s homes is also ecologically friendly, making smart homes a popular choice for eco-conscious home buyers. 

From a home renovation standpoint, smart technology’s ability to conserve energy and promote environmental and economic sustainability is why so many people are considering adding smart technology to their homes.

Smart Technology Reduces Energy Usage

One reason smart homes have become so popular is that homes outfitted with smart energy technology use less energy than homes with traditional furnaces. 

According to the Energy Information Administration, homes with smart energy technology installed save on average up to $2,000 per year on energy bills when compared to homes that are outfitted with older heating systems. 

Homeowners who want to make their living spaces more ecologically sustainable should install a smart thermostat in their home. Smart thermostats can be programmed to fit in with your daily routine, meaning that you set different temperatures for during the day and for overnight. 

Just as importantly, you can customize a smart thermostat to keep the temperature of your home lower when you are not at home, which costs you less money and uses less energy overall.

Investing in Smart Lights Mitigates Forgetfulness

Although it seems minor, leaving the lights on when you aren’t home adds up. Instead of accidentally leaving your lights on while you’re sleeping (or when you leave for work), install smart lighting in your home that is programmed on a timer to turn off at certain times of day. If you’re a more hands-on person, there are also smart lighting systems that can be controlled via a smartphone app.

Either way, keeping the lights off with smart technology is an excellent way to make your smart home more sustainable.

Saving Water Helps Save the Planet

A study conducted by the USGS Water Census suggests that if all American households outfitted their homes with water-saving technology, water use within the country would decrease by approximately 30%. This equates to about 5.4 billion gallons of water per day.

Home renovation experts recommend installing water-saving faucets, showerheads, and toilets in your home if you want to save both money and water.

If you’re interested in updating your home with smart technology, morConnect can help! Contact them for more information about creating the safe, comfortable, and secure home of your dreams. 

At morConnect, we are passionate about helping our customers as much as possible. COVID has produced unique challenges for people around Canada. This attitude has inspired the company to gift 1000 free Google Minis to help keep families busy with their loved ones throughout these difficult times.

Originally posted on morConnectBlog.com.

Smart Home Trends For 2020

As technology becomes more and more advanced, it is becoming a part of many people’s everyday lives. A growing trend in architecture is working with technology to create “Smart Homes” that can make homes more convenient for their owners. morConnect’s goal is to help you feel more secure and comfortable in your home. 

Here are some of the Smart Home movements that Ali Mohammad, Vice President of the company, predicts will become more and more popular in 2020.

Domestic Robots

For many people, their first introduction to household robots was through the Roomba and other automated vacuuming machines. However, companies are starting to expand into a variety of other machines that can mow the lawn, clean, and cook. Humanoid robots with a simulated personality and range of functions are still decades away, but manufacturers are using robot technology to assist with all sorts of chores.

Healthcare Technology

As the Boomer generation continues to age, more and more companies are starting to focus on healthcare for homes. This helps reduce the workload for doctors and ensure seniors are taken care of even if they do not have many children or a robust retirement portfolio. Many devices are wearable items that monitor health levels and let people get emergency care when necessary. These smartwatches can be linked to medication dispensers, refrigerators, and other home appliances to make it easier to stay healthy.

More Standardization

A common need for many homeowners is the ability to integrate multiple devices in a single home. With less consumers interested in purchasing all their items from a single, exclusive brand, companies are realizing they need to offer more standardization if they want to attract customers. Major companies like Google, Amazon, and Apple are working together to create standards that let a variety of technologies and systems work together.

Technology That Learns

Smart technology is actually starting to live up to its name with technology that is programmed to change and grow. As home appliances get more data on their users, they can adapt their behavior to better assist users. This is already prevalent in some smart thermostat systems, but in the future people can expect to see it more in refrigerators, security systems, and more. Technology with AI and machine learning may be particularly helpful in home hubs that control other appliances.

If you’re interested in a more safe and secure home, contact morConnect today! They can provide high-tech solutions for only a small payment each month. 

This article was originally published at morConnectBlog.com.

Smart Home Updates That Will Help You Save Big

Everyone wants to save money. People often think about how to diversify their incomes, build a reputation in their careers, or how to build an adequate savings for retirement. However, the way that individuals can save money could be right within their homes! These home updates will help typical people save money on the utilities and home accessories they use every day.

Rheem Gladiator Water Heater

A big worry of the typical homeowner is the hot water. However, with the Rheem Gladiator hot water heater, homeowners can detect if there is a leak, shut off their hot water, and detect how much water is being used all through their smartphones. The days of wondering how much time is left on the hot water heater are over.

Neli Virtual Appliance Repair

In the same vein, it is a pain when any home appliance is not working properly. Waiting around for a professional can be frustrating, time consuming, and expensive. However, with Neli, homeowners can figure out what is wrong with their appliances from a professional through an app. Real time aid from a professional through the app makes fixing any appliance a cinch. This can lead to lower costs and an increased level of self confidence as a homeowner.

Smart Outlets

Holiday lights can be a huge drain on the electricity bill. With the VAVOFO Smart Outlet, homeowners can keep the costs down and the holiday spirit up. Even homeowners without decorations can use this outlet to time lights on outdoor fixtures and furniture that are outside year round, which will save money and allow for more time with family and friends on the back porch or gazebo. With a convenient remote, this convenient way to spare electricity usage will save money and the environment.

WiFi Extenders

Not only will this save homeowners money, but it will also save time and frustration. With the Linksys AC1200 WiFi Extender, there will no longer be issues of areas within the home without internet. This convenient home gadget allows homeowners to stream video, do research, and play games in areas previously inaccessible with only their router. Homeowners can truly make the most of their internet connection with this WiFi extender.

Another way to save money is to take advantage of morConnect’s smart home solutions. For a small payment each month, they can help you create a more safe and comfortable home.

This article was originally published at morConnectBlog.com.

5 Ways Smart Home Technology Can Enhance Home Showings

Climate change and environmental consciousness is one of the most defining features of this epoch; smart home technology, which helps homeowners lower their carbon footprints and energy consumption, have become one of the most in-demand and sought-after features among the real estate market.

In 2020, home buyers want to know that the property they’re purchasing will be able to help them live greener lives, give back to the Earth through everyday actions and help them save money on utilities.

In addition, smart home technology can be used to improve showings and close deals sooner. Knowing how to effectively demonstrate smart home technology during a showing can help both agents and independent sellers alike.

More Showings Through VR

Virtual reality showings are gaining popularity, allowing prospective buyers to explore a home in its entirety without ever stepping foot on the property. A VR headset installed at your office could help buyers preview multiple listings in a single day, saving them money on transport and not interrupting the seller’s schedule.

Greater Showing Flexibility With Smart Locks

Smart locks are now the most popular form of home security systems. These locks can be monitored and activated from a distance using mobile applications, which provides a greater sense of control to owners. Sellers and agents can also utilize these locks to their advantage; rather than having to be home when a showing takes place, sellers can remotely lock and unlock the door for agents who are giving a tour.

The Perfect Temperature With Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats also provide remote control from thousands of miles away; agents and sellers can ensure a house is an optimal temperature before buyers ever walk through the door. In addition to improving showing conditions, a smart thermostat is a responsive piece of technology that can be highly enticing to buyers.

Create Ambiance With Smart Speakers

Built-in smart speakers can provide a source of entertainment and convenience for buyers. From the showing standpoint, they can be used to play relaxing music that instantly puts buyers at ease. Smart speakers can even be equipped with motion sensor technology that causes music to play the minute people enter a room.

To get extra crafty, narrations of the home’s greatest features could be recorded and programmed to play upon entry.

Set the Scene With Smart Lighting

Smart lights save money and can be fine-tuned with just a few taps on a smartphone. For a showing, they can be adjusted to capture the perfect mood and highlight the home’s best features.

Most importantly, a smart home technology showing should include plenty of hands-on interaction from buyers. From learning voice commands to activating certain features, the best selling point is always a memorable experience.

Smart home technology has the potential to attract more potential buyers to your home when it’s on the market. If you’re interested in adding cutting-edge technology to your home, Ali Mohammad and MorConnect are more than happy to help! Visit MorConnect.ca to learn more about you can have morSafety, morSecurity, morSavings, and morComfort.

This article was originally published at morConnectBlog.com.

2020 Updates for the Smart Home Market

Over the years, MorConnect has discovered that the smart home market is constantly changing with new products, and even with security challenges scaring a few people away from the market, diversity has grown from adversity. It is their goal to help educate people on smart home trends to ensure a more secure and comfortable future.

Here are a few projected earnings and examples for the smart home market in 2020.

Smart Appliances Deliver the Biggest Profit

Consumers are expected to spend $21.5 billion in 2020 on devices that can link up with mobile devices.

This includes connecting with washers, dryers, refrigerators, and other appliances to gain remote control and a bit of fine-tuning that doesn’t have to be built into the machine with switches. It’s cost savings for manufacturers and customers.

$19.4 billion is expected to go to security systems. Smart cameras and smart locks are expected to be the leading products, since they’re easy to install and deliver tangible benefits.

Tied with benefits is the need for security, which adds brand variety. Due to exploited Internet of Things (IoT) devices, people have to make a tough choice between gaining better advantages versus being potentially exposed if proper measures aren’t taken.

For consumers, this means knowing what usually goes wrong and what manufacturers can advertise as a fix. For the most part, this means having the ability to change passwords and patch software for vulnerabilities.

Smart Energy Management Changes

$7.2 billion income is expected in 2020 from energy management solutions. This includes monitoring and management hubs that provide whole home coverage of power usage.

Lights, heating, air conditioning, appliances, and personal electronics, are usually tethered to these monitoring systems, making it easy to see how much power is being spent. This drives savings, and is vital to both individual and business customers.

Home owners aren’t the only clients here. Power utilities also resell power management suites and provide smart home power meters, which are often connected to their systems.

Smart home devices for utility companies allows easier billing management, and it also helps power utilities service customers better. By figuring out where certain power leaks, failure, and strange overages happens, they can provide faster fixes.

The smart home category will continue to grow as people look for better ways to control electronics and digital devices in their homes. For more information on the market, contact a smart home technology consultant.

Are you looking to better connect and control electronics in your home? Ali Mohammad and MorConnect can help! Visit MorConnect.ca to learn more about how they can help you upgrade your home so it’s ready for the future!

This article was originally published on MorConnectBlog.com.

morConnect Is Now Providing Financing Opportunities

It’s no secret that smart homes are the way of the future, as has been pointed out numerous times this year in the tech world. People are using smart home technologies to add security to their homes, cut down on energy costs, start businesses of their own, and even increase property and home value. morConnect understands first-hand the importance of having smart home technology in every home to help families feel safe and secure.

After two years of running a successful smart home business based in Mississauga, CA, morConnect is proud to share they have decided to use their experience, resources, and drive to start helping small businesses in their industry succeed!

In order to do their part to assist small businesses in bringing these opportunities to their clientele, morConnect has started purchasing revenue streams from over 15 companies in Ontario that sell smart home services to make the products and services more affordable for the everyday family.  Specifically, they have officially begun financing smaller smart home vendors and their customers to help broaden their scope, product availability, and overall success. 

Upgrading to a smart home can cost thousands of dollars if you are looking to do it all in one shot. With the new financing opportunities, morConnect is providing, families all over Canada can now protect themselves and their loved ones without breaking the bank.

For more information, check out our website today!

This article was originally published at MorConnectBlog.com.

Charging Your Smart Devices Of The Future

The number of devices used by the average consumer that require charging continually increases. A household having multiple devices understands the hassle of connecting devices with charging cables. However, a number of companies are finding ways to make wireless charging more convenient and more readily accessible.

In the 19th century, Nikola Tesla developed the coil that bore his name in an attempt to transfer power wirelessly. Although his innovation failed, the theory intrigued many. By the 21st century, technological advances arose that made the possibility a reality. Today, there are a number of existing and start-up companies offering hope for the future in the field of wireless charging.

Elix Wireless

The company remains busy designing and constructing high-capacity charging systems having capabilities ranging from 1,000 to 20,000 watts. The systems would be capable of charging everything from industrial equipment to electric hybrid vehicles. The technology relies on magneto-dynamic coupling. The transmitters and receivers contain a pair of spinning magnets, which are separated by air. When the magnets in the transmitter spin, the magnets in the receiver follow suit. The action enables a transfer of power without producing a vast quantity of heat.

Energous

The company’s WattUp wireless system enables users to recharge a variety of electronic items as long as they are located within proximity of the charging platform. The device features a transmitter containing a series of antennas that transmit RF signals to a receiver. WattUp uses Bluetooth to locate smartphones, tablets or other devices that use the Energous app. When the transmitter finds the devices, RF signals travel to the individual devices, which then convert the energy to direct current.

Wi-Charge

The system developed by the company makes use of infrared light and is capable of power everything from smartphones and fire alarms to electronic locks. The transmitter emits a small beam of infrared light. Receivers within the smart items convert the beam into electricity.

uBeam

The startup company uses ultrasound to transmit power. A speaker-like transmitter releases high-frequency sound waves that are out of the human hearing range. An array of antenna channels the sound to a receiver. Compatible devices convert the sound waves into the current for charging. Once the system detects that the devices are fully charged, the transmission of sound waves stops.

This article was originally published at MorConnectBlog.com.

Planning For Your Smart Home

Smart homes are no longer a thing of the future. The smart home technology industry was worth $23.5 million in 2019, and the proliferation of smart home tech is expected to hit 47.7 percent of all American homes by 2023.

Smart home tech is more energy-efficient, sustainable and convenient than traditional devices. Although they may have a higher price point initially, the money homeowners save by investing in smart home technology over the years is worth the investment.

The Importance of Safety

Precaution is necessary with anything in life, especially innovation. Technology poses miraculous advancements and unfathomable dangers. Most consumers are only exposed to the best facets of every piece of technology, but no one can invest in a piece of equipment that essentially rewires their existence without taking personal security into account.

A smart appliance hack in 2017 resulted in millions of families’ privacy being broadcasted through spycams. Hackers were able to control everything in homeowners’ quarters from a dishwasher to a seemingly innocuous Roomba vacuum cleaner.

Network vulnerabilities put homeowners at risk; it’s difficult to know when your own smart appliance’s software has been hacked, and it’s crucial to understand how companies are bolstering security before making a purchase.

Low-Integrity Devices Pose The Highest Risk

Technology that seems the most mundane is often at the biggest risk of being hacked. Anything that connects to a remote control or some sort can be hacked, including a smart lightbulb or Alexa speaker. Most devices connect to Bluetooth or Wi-Fi in order to run; without a connection, their “smart” technology is rendered useless, and they become just another routine appliance.

In order to protect themselves and their homes, consumers have to thoroughly explore the security measures integrated into every device. Home security systems that allow remote locking and unlocking should be scrutinized with the utmost caution.

Preparing For The Future

When it comes to smart technology, the question is no longer a matter of if but when. Consumers should brace themselves for a hyper-connected future. Does it mean that traditional appliances will be completely disregarded in the coming years? Probably not. It would take decades for technology to be completely phased out, especially with such a large older population that prizes reliability and conformity over innovation.

But it never hurts to think ahead, and in the case of technology, that could be life-saving.

This article was originally published at MorConnectBlog.com.

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