The Jetsons have arrived!

jetsonsTen years ago, the word “smartphone” didn’t exist. Actually, neither did the word “dumbphone”.

In the next decade we might be saying the same things about our home.

From ovens to garage doors, insulin pumps LED color-changing lights, even our cars, things are becoming connected to the internet. What I don’t need is my bathroom scale locking my refrigerator because I’m not at my ideal weight for the day.

And that last sentence is not meant to scare people, but we need to talk about some of those fears that people have about unparalleled access to our homes through the use of devices and apps.

We are on the cusp of seeing smart home devices enter the mass market. Analyst firms project that in 2018, people will spend $100 billion on smart home technology and there will be 45 million smart home automation in use.

We’re at a pivotal point in the smart home journey: in just the past few years, technological advances, customer interest and education have transformed the smart home from what was an infomercial for “The Clapper” into the reality it has become today.

At present, connected living technologies, such as a smart thermostat, are seen by most people as a “nice-to- have” feature, but not as a must-have.

Many connected home companies seem to focus only on the “cool” factor – like the above mentioned smart light bulbs that change color – and tend to overlook what really matters: safety, security, energy efficiency and peace of mind.


Energy saving – home technology can reduce your energy bills for heating, lighting and electrical appliance energy consumption.

Comfort & convenience – home technology is able to learn your habits for heating, lighting and entertainment purposes bundle that up in a mobile app that gives complete control when you are home or away makes it a great choice.

Security – home technology can be used to alert you when there is a fire or first alert smoke alarm and guides you to a safe exit. Intruders can be captured on high definition cameras with snapshots sent to your mobile devices. Get alerts from your home when the kids return home from school and even get contacted by your home if a burst pipe is detected.


Each component, of course, could have its own potential customers. Persons living in questionable neighborhoods and the elderly would be interested in home security systems Dayton Ohio, including fire and smoke alarms, panic buttons, dialers to police or fire stations, and perhaps mounted at home security camera. Vacation home owners would be interested in cameras sending video to the principal residence or mobile devices, and ways of controlling thermostats remotely as well as intrusion-, water- and smoke-detectors. Young parents may want baby room monitors. Entertainment enthusiasts might want theater rooms, sound piped around the home, and television-Internet connections. Pet owners might want food or water put out at given times, or pet doors unlocked and locked. And the environmentalists would want thermostat and water heater controls as well as perhaps a means of drawing and opening drapery. All of these can be affected with either wired or wireless systems.

But once you know what’s hot among consumers, but don’t feel confident enough to do it yourself, you need a smart-home technology expert. Shiver Security will consult with you for certain projects and meet your needs and we offer a free risk assessment.

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