What are Smart Homes? How will Pune look like as a Smart City?
“A smart home is a convenient home setup where appliances and devices can be automatically controlled remotely from any internet-connected place in the world using a mobile or other networked device. A smart home has its devices interconnected through the internet, and the user can control functions such as security access to the home, temperature, lighting and home theatre,” is the simplest understanding of a smart home.
Over the last few years, a lot of builders have had tried in various ways to introduce some of the other aspects of smart homes into their construction.
This has been seen in the way of temperature-controlled homes, auto-ignition fireplace, fire-less cooking spaces, green roofs and many more.
However, sometimes, aspects like the weather, limitation of resources, space and technology often pose a threat in allowing a builder to go to his best and build the ideal smart home.
Here are some of the ways we can look at making Pune a city of smart homes in the near future:
1. Amalgamation of Different Technologies in Smart homes of the future:
With artificial intelligence and IoT making big news, it will not be a surprise if Pune goes ahead and incorporates this in its journey of becoming a smart city. The best way to start off is to get it into homes.
A system that reduces human effort by syncing various important tasks and requires just the final touch would be really something! An ideal example would be in the kitchen wherein fruits stored in the juicer would get blended at a specified time in the morning, poured into a glass and kept ready for you to have it with your breakfast.
2. Smarter Hospitals:
Along with smart new homes, introducing smart technology in hospitals and healthcare centers is most vital. A system where patients can reach doctors through video calls, try to analyze the issue, schedule an appointment and then meet saves time for both.
Similarly, medical practitioners can be available to screen patients’ reports, prescriptions and advice online if possible to save time and effort.
3. Smarter Transport:
With the right technology, one will be able to travel to their destination quickly, easily and safely. The cabs which are closest can assist you when required.
Also, when unwell or under the influence of alcohol etc. a smart care will not allow a person to drive. However, in case of an accident, immediate notification to the nearest hospital will happen, saving time and life in the process.
4. Smarter Education Systems:
A much-needed option, with smart technologies, school and colleges can be run with no physical space.
Students can attend lectures while at home, exams can be given online, reports can be shared in the same manner and teachers can be available to have a video call as and when needed by students.
5. Smarter Waste Management:
Another issue of grave importance, in a smart city, waste and sewage issues can be kept at bay with the right use of technology.
Understanding how often, when and where waste is produced in the city and making the right provisions to collect and dispose of it properly is much needed. Similarly, sewage systems can also be tracked and managed as needed.
Apart from these, even the smallest ways of reducing human effort in a residential space can be a step towards making a city a smart city.
Smart cities only add to the comfort level of its people and at times also pave way for better technology and in a way, smart living.