The technology is often referred to as smart home technology and has the potential to greatly enhance one's lifestyle. These systems are usually controlled by a touch-screen interface or a handheld computer, wall mounted terminals, handheld computers, or even a cellular phone application. The systems can be accessed from any location with an internet connection.
One of the most popular applications of modern home automation systems is the integration of lighting and HVAC appliances.
In fact, some of these products allow users to control lighting, temperature, and ventilation with a single remote unit. Some popular devices used in conjunction with home automation systems include smart smoke sensors, thermostats, water dispensers, and low-voltage lighting sensors. These products can be monitored and controlled from off-premise locations or remotely via a web-based interface. In addition, some of these systems also provide for the automatic operation of outlets and switches.