Connected Home refers to a home management service that leverages fixed and mobile connectivity that link appliances and equipments in the home to systems in the cloud and applications on user devices to enable individuals and families manage their homes more efficiently.
The Connected Home service is enabled via fixed broadband connectivity in the home and short range wireless connection between appliances and the home's Internet-of-Things(IoT) control platform that manages all these applications. Short range wireless connectivity includes technologies such as Wi-Fi, Zigbee and Z-Wave that enable appliances embedded with these technologies to send and receive signals between themselves and communicate with the local IoT control platform which then connects to the Internet.
A Connected Home can also be powered by mobile connectivity via technologies such as cellular LTE, or Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks such as Sigfox and LoRaWAN which allow equipment or appliances embedded with these technologies to connect directly to the Internet or do so via cellular powered home IoT control platforms.
Information gathered by home IoT control platforms are available in the Cloud and can be accessed by authorized users from their computers, laptops and mobile devices from anywhere in the world. By accessing the IoT control platform remotely, users are able to monitor and control the conditions and appliances in the home from anywhere in the world.
Typically, the Connected Home service is provided by fixed broadband providers. Appliance manufacturers can also provide connected home services by linking their connected products such as lighting, thermostat or alarms to their own cloud-based IoT platform and user application.