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The H&V News Heatingcast #3: What exactly is a ‘smart’ device?

Smart technologies could generate a range of efficiency and comfort benefits by automating heating in our homes, but a need for new approaches to skills and cyber security will be vital to realise this, Henry Lawson of BSRIA argues in our latest podcast

Many people will have heard of ‘smart’ homes and devices. Yet most of us may find it harder to describe just what exactly they are.

In a broad sense, smart devices are technologies that can generate, store and share data with other devices, such as boilers, lighting systems and ventilation solutions, in order to create a more automated home that can curb energy usage and operational costs. The performance of these appliances will theoretically be based on understanding an end-user’s unique behaviour - thus making them smart. 

However, with the government’s ongoing, yet underperforming work to install smart metres in all UK homes, as well as wider concerns about what kinds of personal data our treasured household devices may be storing or generating about us, technology alone is not necessarily a solution for greener homes.

In the first part of our latest HeatingCast, Henry Lawson, a senior analyst and ‘smart’ technology expert with BSRIA, said technical advancements in building controls and HVAC appliances was just one of several interconnected factors that industry must address to realise a truly smart home.

Ensuring sufficient digital skills are in place within the HVAC sector, as well creating a widespread understanding of the importance of cyber and data security in our appliances, are also critical factors, Mr Lawson added.

You can listen to the first part of the cast here, or by hitting play below.

 

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