The Smart Homestead is a place to learn about using technology to improve the efficiency, safety and convenience in your home. A smart home can be defined as "a house that has highly advanced automatic systems for lighting, temperature control, multi-media, security, window and door operations, and many other functions. Jackie Craven, About.com Guide).
Smart Homes systems include three basic building blocks:
1. A variety of sensors or communication enabled devices. A sensor may be a simple as a device to detect that a door or a window has been opened or as complex a lock that can be remotely opened and closed.
2. A communications network with a hub that connects directly to the Internet or in some cases cellular network.
3. Software and applications that allow control of the various systems in your home from a tablet or smartphone.
The key to successfully implementing a smart home is selecting the correct building blocks and technologies for your needs. The Smart Homestead community curates the web for the most useful and interesting information as well as providing an interactive forum for consumers, vendors and the editorial staff.