Smart technologies and their place in our lives.

03/08/2020

Smart technologies can make life easier like never before. They also cover simple activities such as heating, cleaning or ventilation. The big advantage is that we can control them by voice, or via mobile phone or tablet. So where can we use them everywhere?

Barrier-free household

Thanks to the fact that we can currently control smart devices, for example, by voice, they are very friendly to people with, for example, visual or movement damage. Some smart elements work independently and use a smartphone or tablet application supplied by the manufacturer for control. However, you can incorporate many of them into the so-called smart home system (also called smart home) and control them centrally - whether using the control panel on the wall, a single application on a smartphone, tablet or smart TV, or even by voice. This is an invaluable advantage if you have trouble moving or cannot get out of bed. You will not have to move to individual switches or controls, but you will be able to control, for example, lighting, heating, blinds, cameras, electronic locks or switch various appliances on and off from a single location. The heart of these systems is usually a central unit that connects all devices - either wired or wireless.

Some systems also use communication via a wireless wifi computer network, so to use them you must have such a network at home. If you want to communicate with the system even if you are away from home, the wifi network must be connected to the Internet. Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Fibaro smart home systems are popular. Unlike other systems, they communicate with individual elements almost exclusively wirelessly. So you don't have to connect them with cables in unsightly strips or pipes. They are compatible with a large number of elements (smart bulbs, thermostats, cameras, etc.) and their installation can be handled even by an average user of a smartphone or tablet.

Public spaces

Kyjov - a nice, small town in the South Moravian Region showed its size after deciding to deploy the first Smart technologies. It even preceded larger municipalities not only in the Czech Republic but also in Slovakia. After the new one, more than 11,000 inhabitants also enjoy, for example, remote-controlled, energy-saving LED lighting.

"Today, we are in a position where a technician in charge of public lighting can control individual light points from the house using a mobile phone, both the length of lighting and the intensity of lighting. And of course he can obtain information about various faults and conditions," explains Mr. Roman Pekárek, Head of the Kyjov City Development Department.

Kyjov, ktorý je od 16. storočia slobodným mestom, sa teda s inovatívnymi technológiami kamaráti. Popri modernom verejnom osvetlení to potvrdzuje aj spustenie automatického riadenia prechodu križovatiek na niektorých miestach, podľa hustoty premávky. No a vedenie mesta verí, že z ďalších technológií, možno aj v súvislosti s elektromobilitou, sa budú tešiť už v blízkej dobe.  

Smart cities

Many people think of the term smart city as a city with technological and information "tweaks" that are introduced into people's daily lives. However, the aim of the idea of ​​smart cities should not only be the introduction of modern technologies but especially the achievement of maximum satisfaction of people hand in hand with maintaining a healthy environment. Modern technologies should be part of smart cities, but not their main pillar. It is equally important to think about efficient transport, greener energy, waste management, a healthier and safer urban environment, but also the sustainability of the local economy. The concept of a smart city combines all these areas, with the most important element in its centre being a long-term satisfied citizen.

Some Slovak municipalities have already started to implement their own intelligent solutions, but in comparison with many European cities, they have something to catch up within many respects. Also in Slovakia, development projects are already emerging, which move us to intelligent solutions in the future and thanks to which cities are gradually becoming intelligent. This is, for example, the Guthaus residential project, which will grow on Račianská Street in Bratislava. He uses several modern and "smart" solutions.

Some Slovak municipalities have already started to implement their own intelligent solutions, but in comparison with many European cities, they have something to catch up within many respects. Also in Slovakia, development projects are already emerging, which move us to intelligent solutions in the future and thanks to which cities are gradually becoming intelligent. This is, for example, the Guthaus residential project, which will grow on Račianská Street in Bratislava. He uses several modern and "smart" solutions.

The use of renewable energy sources and care for the environment is one of the priorities of smart cities. Therefore, buildings should also have a positive impact not only on their inhabitants but also on their surroundings. They can use, for example, vegetation roofs or rain gardens. Green roofs and rain gardens absorb dust and noise perfectly. At the same time, they offer a completely new perspective on the use of rainwater in the urban environment.

An important area (not only) of smart cities is transport. With the growing number of inhabitants, the occupancy of roads and public transport is also increasing. Municipalities should, therefore, create space for the widest possible choice of alternative modes of transport. Slovakia and its capital are significantly behind in this area compared to modern European countries.

The space for the use of smart technologies is huge. In today's world, we are no longer just talking about some phones, but whole cities or countries. And that's why we're here to contribute to the protection and sustainability of smart innovations with our products ✅