CHAPTER 6

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Data Sources: Making Homes Smart

Although being able to e-mail your light switch is very interesting and infinitely cooler than programming yet another version of “Hello, World,” it never feels like an automatic house. After all, you as a human are controlling it. By providing your house with information about the real world, it is then able to make decisions for itself. This is the distinction between an automated home and a smart home.

Why Data Is Important

For years, the mantra “Content is king” has been repeated in every field of technology. Although most of the data in your home automation environment so far has been generated ...

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