Even though it is still in its infancy, the smart home represents an impressive collection of technology. Today, consumers can control their lights, music, environment, and safety within their own homes using simple voice commands or smartphones. As the industry evolves, these smart devices will expand their capabilities to further simplify our lives.

The underlying technology required to deploy smart devices, however, is anything but simple.

The first step in the smart home development process is to determine the best technology fit early. Done correctly, developers and home owners can optimise their designs while at the same time adapt to the evolving smart home market. Understanding how connectivity, interoperability, certification, and software impact smart device design can help Home owners choose the right system for them.